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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..



Jessica Miles, Head


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


Queen Margaret’s places great emphasis on keeping in touch with OMs and growing the QM family. With this in mind, a number of networking events are planned over the coming months, both at the School and at carefully selected venues. Forthcoming events include:

Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh – Thursday 25 January 2018

Friendship is an important part of life at QM so what better way to celebrate with the QM family than a Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh! All members of the QM community – parents, friends and OMs – are invited to join us on Thursday 25 January from 18:45 for welcome drinks, followed by a traditional four course Burns Supper and then a chance to take to the dance floor when we are joined by the Aluinn Ceilidh Band.The ticket price for the evening will be £35 and this will include a four course supper, arrival drink, wine with the meal, a whisky toast and the entertainment. Proceeds from the evening will go towards the QM Foundation Bursary Fund. To book your tickets, which are offered on a first come, first served basis please email No dancing experience is necessary, just enthusiasm, so please do join us!

Fizz and Fashion at Fenwick, York – Thursday 8 March 2018

The evening will start from 18:15 with a glass of fizz and canapés on arrival. At 18:45 guests will be shown to the Designer Floor for a fashion show with QM girls modelling the Spring Collection accompanied by a commentary providing plenty of hints and tips on how to wear the latest looks to suit you.After clothes, it’s all about the make-up. The team from MAC will be offering mini makeovers, showing the secrets of creating flawless, glowing skin, defined brows, smokey eyes, luscious lips and more.

The Fenwick team will be on hand to offer personal styling tips and with the entire fashion and make-up departments being open it will be a perfect opportunity for a leisurely shop without the crowds. The evening is expected to finish by 21:30.

Tickets for this exclusive event cost £30 with £10 being redeemable against purchases made on the night. The remainder will go to the QM Foundation Bursary Fund. All guests will also receive a goody bag. To book tickets email or call 01904 727638.

London Drinks Reception – Thursday 4 October 2018
One Great George Street

OMA AGM – Saturday 13 October 2018

Edinburgh Drinks Reception – Thursday 22 November 2018
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)

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.


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.