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The Old Margaretian Association

The Old Margaretian Association provides a bond of friendship between former members of the School and works to continue the School’s traditions.


Sue Baillie, Head


Jessica Miles
Cecily Giles CBE
Colin McGarrigle
Judith Cooke (Pickup)
Paul Silverwood
Carole Cameron


Adrienne Owen (D’Arcy) (1970-1977)

Hon Secretary & Records

Melanie Gooder (Osborne) (1973-1980)

Hon Treasurer

Currently Vacant, Melanie Gooder is Acting Treasurer

Magazine Editor

Leona Mani (Hewgill) (1980-1987)

OMA/School Liaison

Alison Ruddick

London Committee

Bridget Beilby (1962-1966)
Susan Turner (Mann) (1965-1972)

Scottish Committee

Angela Campbell (Robertson) (1965-1972)

To contact the OMA please contact Mrs Melanie Gooder, Beck House, Scagglethorpe, Malton, YO17 7HD Mobile 07831 783561, or email or via the school at

As an OM, the Old Margaretian Association (OMA) and the School value the opportunity to provide you with the latest OMA and QM news, alongside a varied programme of events and activities: these include drinks receptions, reunions, drama productions, careers days, sports afternoons, services and more. In order for us to do this, please complete this form so that we may contact you with relevant information and/or invitations.

If you are an OM and would be interested​ in hearing about OM events or joining the OMA, please complete this form, whilst parents or relations of OMs can complete this form.


Our Events Programme for 2020/21 is already filling up, and we’re excited to share brand new events with you alongside annual favourites such as the London and Edinburgh Drinks Receptions.

Below you will find all of our upcoming events taking place throughout the year, to which we welcome all members of the QM Family – Old Margaretians, former parents, staff members and other friends of QM. You can find more information about these events by visiting the QM Alumnae Portal here.

QM Junior Production – Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 May 2020
Queen Margaret’s

Speech Day and Summer Ball – Saturday 4 July 2020
Queen Margaret’s

London Drinks Reception – Wednesday 7 October 2020
One Great George Street

OMA AGM – Saturday 3 October 2020
Queen Margaret’s

‘Inspiring Lives’ Careers Event – Friday 13 November 2020
Ladies Recreation Club

Edinburgh Drinks Reception – Thursday 26 November 2020
The Balmoral

You are very welcome to join us at any or all of the above events.  To register your interest in attending, please contact Alison Ruddick, Events Manager at or 01904 727638.

If you are in contact with any OMs who you feel may not be on our mailing list or aware of our website, please do spread the word or alternatively let us have their details so that we can make sure they receive an invitation.

‘I very much enjoyed meeting with a selection of old, present and future parents as well as some members of staff and of course the girls. It was an extremely warm and welcoming evening. Very well done to the girls who spoke and sang. I particularly enjoyed talking to the girls about their school experiences and their future plans for life after QM. It is so good to see that the School continues to go from strength to strength.  Oh to be young again!’

Shelagh Legget (Robson, 1965 – 1972) – Edinburgh Drinks Reception

For further details, photographs, past events, reunions and archive material visit the QM Family Portal.

Thinking of Organising a Reunion?

Our doors are always open to OMs wanting to visit the school and renew their memories and friendships. We will happily play host to groups on organised reunions, providing tours of the school and refreshments or will just as happily show individuals around.

To arrange a reunion for your year group, an individual visit, or to find out more about any upcoming reunions, do get in touch at


New Area Secretaries

We are looking for new Area Secretaries for the following areas:

Area 6 (Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire)

Area 10 (York and Selby)

Area 12 (South & West Yorkshire)

If you are interested on taking on these roles or would like to find out more about what it entails please contact Melanie Gooder on 01944 758569 or email


OM, Ruth Wood, appears in Phil Spencer’s ‘Stately Homes’ 

A documentary about Castle Howard, featuring OM Ruth Wood, has aired on More4. During the filming of the programme, Phil Spencer was given an extensive guided tour and he was keen to hear about the fire at one of the most celebrated stately homes in Britain. Ruth gave a first-hand account of her memories from the evening.

We are delighted to announce that HM The Queen has been pleased to approve OM Dame Eleanor King (Hamilton 1969-1975) as a Lady Justice of Appeal.

The appointment of Lord and Lady Justices of the Court of Appeal are made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Lord Chancellor following the recommendation of an independent selection panel chaired by the Lord Chief Justice.

Mrs Justice King was Head Girl at QM and from 1992 to 2011 was Chairman of the Governors. All four of her daughters were educated at QM. She was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1979. She became Queen’s Counsel in 1999. She was appointed Assistant Recorder in 1996–2000; Recorder in 2000–08; a Deputy High Court Judge, 2000–08 and appointed as a High Court Judge in the Family Division since 2008 to date. Eleanor has been a Member of Chapter, York University and a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 2004 and received a Hon. D Laws Hull in 2011.

We send Eleanor our warmest congratulations.