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  • Queen Margaret's School For Girls
    Escrick Park
    North Yorkshire
    YO19 6EU
  • Head: Mrs Sue Baillie
  • T 01904 727600
  • F 01904 728150
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 215; sixth formers: 75
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £21,360 pa; Boarding £24,225 - £42,480 pa
  • Open days: Open Days 2022-23: 17th Sept / 8th Oct / 12th Nov / 3rd Dec / 14th Jan / 25th Feb / 25th March / 29th April / 20th May / 1st July. Personal visits available all year round. Open Days and Personal Visits can be booked on our website.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Horizontal boarding structure: girls live with their year group all the way through. Really liked by both girls and parents. 'Enables great camaraderie and the foundations of lifelong friendships,' observed one pleased parent. Younger girls envious of the privilege of pain au chocolat delivered to sixth form houses for breakfast - all very civilised. Sport for all here with games keenly contested at house level and a full inter-school fixtures list. Stunning facilities...

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What the school says...

Established in 1901, QM is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18. You will find us in glorious parkland about six miles south of York. But we are much more than our surroundings, we are more than a school:

We’re a home from home.
A family of learning and belonging.
In a truly inspirational setting.

We are somewhere each and every girl can thrive.
Where they’ll be happy and healthy.
Grow their knowledge, skills and confidence.
And make friends for life.

Somewhere that’s the bedrock for success.
Opens up opportunities and possibilities.
Inspires them to forge their own future.
And gets them ready for life, whatever their calling.

We nurture girls to fulfil their ambitions.
To realise their potential.
To become the best women they can be.
And give them an amazing start in life.
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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2019, Susan Baillie, previously pastoral director at Newcastle Royal Grammar. Started her career at Barnard Castle School, has been head of history and politics at selective day and boarding schools, and was second deputy head at Kimbolton. Enjoys walking, running and cooking: feels her greatest victory has been winning the local village cheese scone competition. Married to a Yorkshireman with a young daughter plus a cockapoo called Monty, an elderly cat called Polly and six hens.


Own assessments at 11, 12 and 13; mathematics, English, dyslexia screening and observation of group working in two classroom activities. Additional intake into sixth form: two 7s and three 6s at GCSE, at least a 5 in maths and English and a minimum of a 6 in the subjects proposed for study at A level. Interviews for all...

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Special Education Needs

A Special Educational Need can take on a variety of forms and whether a student is experiencing a learning difficulty, medical condition or pastoral need, the Learning Support Department at Queen Margaret's serves to provide students with full support to enable them to flourish. As soon as contact is made with the School it is important to advise of any special educational needs a student may have. Everything can then be put in place right from assessment day. There is a process of continual monitoring in place and an ‘open door’ policy. All girls are screened for learning difficulties when they first join QM and then again in Year III (9) and in Lower Sixth Form. This ensures that any emerging difficulties are quickly identified and provisions made. The School is fortunate in having its own Specialist Assessor who sees the examination process through from start to finish for each individual girl, carrying out the appropriate assessments for examination access arrangements, implementing arrangements in the classroom for girls and ensuring the appropriate paperwork is completed and applications made to the examination boards. All girls on the Special Educational Needs register are offered weekly, personalised lessons, for which there is no charge. These are one to one, tailored to each girl’s individual needs and timetabled to fit with girls’ other commitments, so enabling girls to shine in all areas of the curriculum. The Learning Support Department embraces a ‘can do’ attitude and encourages girls that a special educational need is not a barrier to achievement. From the girl now reading English at Cambridge, to the girl who has set up her own underwear business, anything is possible.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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