Queen Margaret's School

Location: Escrick, North Yorkshire

Age of pupils: 11-18 y.o.

Gender: Girls only

Boarding: Day, Full boarding

Pupils: 300

Head: Mrs Sue Baillie

Last updated 25.03.2021

Short description of the school

Queen Margaret's School is an independent boarding and day school in the village of Escrick six miles from York, North Yorkshire in North East England. It accepts girls aged 11 to 18.

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 the historic City of York, in the north of England.

Girls do so much better in single-sex education and at QM we see our pupils engaging enthusiastically in a range of activities – academic, sport, extra-curricular and social. No airs and graces, no frills or make-up, just girls getting stuck in, and having fun while they do it. They achieve academically (outstandingly so). They come from a variety of backgrounds and, with an increasing emphasis on the support available, we are proud that we are continuing to make a QM education possible for an increasingly diverse range of girls. Our girls have homes in York, Ripon, Thirsk, Newcastle upon Tyne, Inverness, Hong Kong, Madrid, Frankfurt and Bangkok and many board, not because they have to, but because they want to.

The girls are the focus of life at QM and are at the heart of everything we do. It’s this focus and an individualistic approach that allows our girls to carve their own path, and flourish as formidable, independent women.

The school has a broadly Anglican ethos but welcomes pupils of all faiths or none.

What makes this school different from others?

  • All Girls School
  • Small School
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Beautiful Parkland Location
  • 5* Riding School on Campus
  • Boarding in Year Groups
  • Excellent Academic Results
  • Outstanding Performing Arts

School strengths:

Strong Sports
Queen Margaret's is home to a 5* rated Riding School and in 2020 the U19 Lacrosse were named as Division 3 Champions at the National Schools' Lacrosse Tournament. Also in 2020, the U14 Hockey Team was one of only two schools in the north to reach the Tier 2 National Finals.

Strong Music / Drama / Dance
Queen Margaret’s was shortlisted in the 'Performing Arts' category for the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2019.

Strong Arts
Queen Margaret’s offers a very comprehensive range of Art subjects at A Level (Fine Art, Photography, Graphics and Textiles) with many girls choosing Art subjects to continue to study at university. In 2020 two girls secured places at the Royal Drawing School, London.

Strong Mathematics & Physics
In 2020, 100% of entries received A*- B grades at A Level in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.

Strong Business & Economics
At Queen Margaret’s girls have the opportunity to begin studying Business at GCSE, it is one of 24 different subjects available at GCSE. 29 subjects are offered at A Level.

Message from the Head of the school

Headmaster photoQM is a wonderful place – set in the most glorious rural surroundings yet close by to the rich cultural diversity of the city of York. As soon as I first arrived I sensed what a special place it was and I felt an affinity with the School values. Built upon a firm foundation of tradition, QM has a long, established background of nurturing girls into independent confident young ladies equipped with the mindset that they can achieve anything. From this foundation is a modern offer, achieved through an extensive ongoing programme of investment and development in both the high calibre of teaching staff and School facilities. And our success is regularly recognised through various awards; most recently through the shortlists for 'Community Outreach' (2020) and ‘Performing Arts School of the Year’ (2019) of the Independent Schools of the Year Awards, and the ‘Boarding Innovation Award’ presented by the Boarding Schools’ Association (2018).

I want to continue the good work that has gone before me, maintaining the girls’ sense of fun, friendship and pride in their School, whilst encouraging a strong work ethic where girls have a go at all the opportunities a QM education presents. I want our girls to achieve beyond their expectations and become dynamic, grounded and confident individuals well equipped for life beyond QM.

I would encourage you to come and visit us and see everything we have to offer for yourselves.

Sue Baillie

Maps,addresses and directions

Queen Margaret's School
Escrick Park, Escrick
North Yorkshire
YO19 6EU

programmes and subjects

GCSE A Level
core subjects: Art: Fine Art
English Art: Photography
Mathematics Art: Textile Design
Separate Sciences or Coordinated Science Art: Graphic Design
subject choices: Biology

Art and Design


Art Textiles



Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation

Classical Greek

Classical Greek

Drama and Theatre

Computer Science



English Language and Literature

Food Preparation and Nutrition

English Literature



Further Mathematics



History of Art


Latin Mathematics
Music Further Mathematics
Physical Education French
Religious Studies Spanish
Spanish Music
  Philosophy and Ethics
  Physical Education

academic results

There are two grading systems applied in the UK. Grades in England are indicated by numbers from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.

System in Wales and Northern Ireland is evaluated using a letter grading scale from G to A*, where A* is the highest grade.

GCSE 2019-20
A*-A / 9-7 63.53%
B-C / 6-4


D and below



A level 2019-20
A*-A 61%
B-C 37%
D and below 2%


At the heart of a QM education is a love of learning which is supported by a healthy body and healthy mind. With a reputation for being a first-class sporting school, there are opportunities to play a wide variety of sports and be part of a strong team every day.

Main sports





Horse Riding





Non-sporting activities

Dance: Ballet Life Drawing
Dance: Hip Hop Music: Chamber Choir
Dance: Jazz Music: Chamber Ensembles
Dance: Modern Music: Jazz Group
Dance: Tap Music: Orchestra
Drama Scholars Music: Percussion Group
Gardening Club Music: Wind Band
LAMDA Science Club

boarding options

Boarding at Queen Margaret's School is available from age of 11 - 18 (Years 7-13).

Boarding Options

  • 1+ nights: Occasional/flexi boarding
  • 5 nights: Weekly boarding
  • 7 nights: Traditional full boarding

How can I apply to this school?

The main points of entry to the Queen Margaret's School are at ages 11, 13 and 16, but the school also accepts applications for other year groups provided there are places. Boarders are accepted from the age of 11.

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Currency Converter:

Year Age
Day fees
Y7 11-12 19,500 GBP 29,055 GBP 33,690 GBP
Y8 12-13 19,500 GBP 29,055 GBP 33,690 GBP
Y9 13-14 19,500 GBP 29,055 GBP 33,690 GBP
Y10 14-15 19,500 GBP 29,055 GBP 33,690 GBP
Y11 15-16 19,500 GBP 29,055 GBP 33,690 GBP
Y12 16-17 19,500 GBP 29,055 GBP 33,690 GBP
Y13 17-18 19,500 GBP 29,055 GBP 33,690 GBP

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