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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 Housemistress about her favourite part of life in Scarborough House. 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. My team and I enjoy supporting the girls in their Sports matches, during evening and weekend activities and during educational trips further afield. We are always on hand to work through both new and familiar challenges that the girls face, 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 her Assistants who are readily available to the girls. It is very central to the School, making all classrooms and facilities easily accessible. Due to the nature of Escrick Hall in which Scarborough House is based, the dorms vary in shape and size to include rooms with bay windows and many rooms with lovely views over our beautiful grounds. On an evening, if the girls are not outside enjoying sports or relaxing in the Common Rooms, there is a social area called Le Café nearby where girls can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. The programme of weekend events put on for Year III is varied and comprehensive, ranging from Sailing and Kayaking, to pamper nights and shopping trips, to theme parks and theatre visits. The girls really enjoy participating in ‘Scarborough Stars’ which is a scheme where they are rewarded for extending a hand of friendship or a random act of kindness. At the end of each term there are eagerly anticipated prizes for the winning individual and dorm.

What makes Scarborough House unique from others on campus?

This is a transitional time for girls, with some having joined QM in Year I and some joining us for their first year. The number of girls in Year III increases from the previous year, meaning everyone has lots of new friends to make. All new girls are allocated a ‘Guardian Angel’ from their own year group who will meet them on their first day, show them to Scarborough House, and help them unpack and settle into life at Queen Margaret’s. In addition to their Guardian Angel, each girl will be assigned a ‘Scarborough Sister’ whom they are encouraged to spend time with each week, such as enjoying dinner or Sport together. 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.