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What it’s like to live in Scarborough House (Year III)

Scarborough House is home to all Year III girls. Situated above the Science labs around Boar’s Courtyard, the Aspen corridor leads to the central Red Stairs in the main School building. There are two newly refurbished common areas and 19 dorms, each ranging from 2-4 beds, which are all named after inspirational women. The modern furniture in each room provides ample space for girls to house all their belongings safely. Girls usually start living in Scarborough when they are 13 and celebrate their 14th birthday with us. Birthdays are always fun and lively events around the House, with a cake to commemorate each special day.

Scarborough’s support team consists of the Housemistress along with four Assistant Housemistresses. There is always someone to speak to in the House study throughout the day and evening; two staff members live on the corridor and can be called on at any time.

We asked our Scarborough House Housemistress about her favourite part of life in Year III. Here’s what she had to say…

I love spending time with the girls and learning about their unique personalities. I enjoy our conversations, sharing giggles with them as well as supporting them through difficult times. It is my goal to make the girls feel as much at home as is possible in Scarborough House. We all enjoy supporting the girls in their Sports matches, during evening and weekend activities and during further afield educational trips. We are always on hand to work through both new and familiar challenges facing the Year III girls, and encourage them to solve problems and learn through their experiences while supporting each on her journey.

What should parents know about Scarborough House?

Girls in Scarborough House are cared for by a residential Housemistress and assistant who are readily available to the girls. Support is also given by non-residential assistants. It is very central to the School, making all classrooms and facilities easily accessible. Due to the nature of Escrick Hall in which Scarborough is based, the dorms vary in shape and size to include bay-windowed rooms and many rooms with lovely views over beautiful grounds. Dorms accommodate two and four girls and accommodation changes on a termly basis to enable girls to mix with many girls in their year throughout their time in Scarborough. Nearby is a social area called Le Café where girls can relax on an evening over a cup of hot chocolate. During the week girls are woken at 07:10 and lights are turned off at night at 21:15. There is some flexibility at weekend. The programme of weekend events put on for Year III is varied and comprehensive, ranging from obstacle courses to enable team building to egg decorating, trips to the theatre and theme parks.

What makes Scarborough House unique from others on campus?

Year III is a transitional time for girls, with some having already completed Years I and II at QM and some joining us for their first year. The number of girls in Year III doubles from the previous year, meaning everyone has lots of new friends to make. All the new girls entering Year III will be allocated a ‘Guardian Angel,’ a current QM girl who will introduce herself with a postcard or email before new girls arrive in September. Your Guardian Angel will meet you on your first day, show you to Scarborough House and help you unpack and settle into life at Queen Margaret’s.

On the first weekend of the Autumn Term, the whole School enjoys an activity day on the grounds. In the second weekend, Year III experiences the muddy obstacle course at Krypton Factor as part of a team building experience. Year III is an exciting time as girls experience many lessons in varied subjects and choose their GCSEs in the Spring Term. Girls stay in School on all weekends that are not Leave Outs or Half Term, providing excellent opportunities to join in varied activities and build lasting friendships.