Queen Mary’s School, Thirsk

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Queen Mary’s is a thriving girls’ day and boarding school located in a rural safe haven, in Topcliffe, between Thirsk and Ripon. It is an all girls school from age 8-16, with co-educational pre prep Department for ages two to seven. Set in 50 acres of landscaped grounds, our pupils achieve self-confidence and independence in a safe environment through a wide range of academic, music, sporting and recreational activities. Our exam results are excellent but, as a non-selective school, we cater for a wide range of abilities with teaching tailored to individual need.

The School is delighted to have received the top accolade in a recent education inspection by Ofsted. Queen Mary’s was awarded “outstanding ” status in all sections, including pupils, academic achievement, quality of teaching, pupils’ attitude to learning, extra-curricular activities and the quality of governance and leadership.
The Inspectors described Queen Mary’s as “Highly successful in meeting its aim to support all pupils to achieve their personal best”. They commented on the “happy atmosphere of mutual trust and toleration in which pupils discover their strengths and develop individual talents” The standard of teaching and pupils’ positive approach to their studies were singled out as major factors in their “good and often rapid progress and substantial academic achievement.  Expectations are high”, said the inspectors, and students are urged to “give of their best.”

The school offers academic, music, art and sport scholarships for entry in Years 7, 8 and 9. To find out more, please contact the Admissions Department on 01845 575040 or via email admissions@queenmarys.org or visit the website www.queenmarys.org.

Gifted & Talented

Queen Mary’s supports all Gifted and Talented through a range of extra-curricular activities, both inside and outside of the school.


Queen Mary’s is a caring, family school and Support for Learning Department sees itself as the hub of that environment. Any girl can visit then at any time during her school life here for whatever difficulty for as long – or short – a time as it takes to set her back on the rails. These lessons are charged as an extra. Their lesson times are negotiated with their subject teachers. Testing by a qualified Educational Psychologist for extra time during GCSEs is arranged as necessary. Readers or other support for examinations are provided for those who qualify for one (and charged as above). The most common difficulties are dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger’s. The department has a literacy specialist, a numeracy specialist and an early years specialist and between us we cover most problems. They also run workshops for the whole school on study skills and revision techniques.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Queen Mary’s School offers a number of scholarships and exhibitions that are open to both internal and external candidates. In order to receive an award, candidates are required to sit the schools’ scholarship exams. Scholarships and exhibitions are awarded only as the result of these examinations. Candidates may enter for more than one award. Award Holders will take up their awards in the following September. Scholarships are awarded in four areas; Academic, Art, Music and Sport. Awards are offered on the condition that award holders will stay to complete their GCSE examinations at Queen Mary’s. We do not issue past papers, but a list of topics to be covered in the examination papers is available. External Awards are offered subject to there being a vacancy in the relevant year.

Queen Mary’s is able to offer financial assistance to some families who would otherwise not be able to afford an independent education. All bursary applications are considered by the Board of Governors in the Spring term for the following academic year and take account of an independently assessed report by the Bursary Administration Limited.  Applications may be considered outside of this time frame in special circumstances.  The school appreciates the sensitivity of such applications and all are dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Bursaries are also available to parents of current pupils.
In addition the school is pleased to offer the following remissions: 10% sibling, 10% to serving members of HM Forces, 10% to serving members of the clergy.

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