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International Admissions

Queen Margaret’s is one of the top girls full boarding schools in England and offers international students a traditional British boarding experience with academic rigour in a supportive environment.

QM is a traditional English boarding school that is proud to welcome girls from across the world.  As a full boarding school with most of our girls from the UK, our international girls are immersed in a thriving boarding community, that values diversity, whilst offering a unique opportunity to develop lifelong friendships and a global perspective for the future. Our talented, engaged girls from over 14 different nations enrich the life of QM.

The School’s home is an historic 75 acre country estate; a safe, enclosed environment with outstanding facilities. We are just minutes from the cultural and historic riches of York, winner of the Sunday Times 2018 ‘Best Place to Live in Britain’.

QM’s pastoral care is exemplary, with every girl having a dedicated personal tutor to support her learning and life at QM. Our boarding is arranged by year group, which helps the girls to bond and develop lifelong friendships. Accommodation and facilities are age appropriate. Year 7 (QM’s Year I) settle into QM life in a homely ‘farmhouse’ environment, whereas Year 13 (QM’s UVI) have a real taste of independent living in cottages with their friends.

QM is a busy place seven days a week, with a full programme of study and enrichment activities Monday to Saturday, complemented by exciting weekends.  Seventy percent of our girls are boarders, and every day girl has her own bed and stays in School every Friday night, forging a strong sense of community.

The curriculum is tailored and timetables are personalised for each girl and all are given opportunities to develop and excel. Find out more about the curriculum at each stage.

One-Year GCSE Programme
The QM One-Year GCSE Programme is tailor-made for girls who join us in Year II (QM’s Year V). Click here to view the One-Year GCSE Programme information.

English as an Additional Language
If English is not a girl’s first language, she will be assessed by our expert English as an Additional Language teachers on joining QM. Extra English support lessons in a small group or one-to-one basis will be provided which are charged for as an extra. Provision is made for girls to study for examinations in their native language where this is desired and many of our international girls take both GCSE and A Level in their own language.

Stay in School for Leave Outs (Exeats)
Boarders are able to stay in School throughout the term, with the exception of half term holidays, with our option to ‘Stay in School for Leave Out (Exeat) weekends. Click here to view the Exeat Programme brochure.

York is one of the UK’s best connected cities. Escorted travel is available to York railway station and to airports. York is less than two hours by train to London and one hour 15 minutes direct to Manchester Airport; Leeds Bradford airport is 45 minutes by taxi.   

Application Process

  • Register for a place (£175 registration fee)
  • Provide school reports/references
  • Complete assessments: QM’s own entrance assessment in Mathematics and English or the UKiset test (see
  • Individual interview: All girls will be interviewed by our Head, Sue Baillie, either by Skype or during a visit to QM
  • Offer of a place: Subject to the satisfactory conclusion of the steps above, we will send you an offer of a place. Once we have received your signed Acceptance Form and deposit (one term’s fees or £500 for EU nationals), we will confirm your place with us
  • Joining information: A full pack of information to help you prepare will be sent to you ahead of joining us and our Admissions team will be on hand to support you throughout.


Prior to joining the School all international pupils must meet all necessary UK visa requirements and are required to have a guardian in the UK.

To apply for a place contact Admissions on or call +44 (0)1904 727 630.


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All applicants from mainland China should contact our official representativeUK Boarding Schools Admissions Service

Tel: +86 (0)21 31651368

Add: Floor 3, BLDG 5, No.258, West Fuxing Road, Shanghai, 200031, China




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