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School news | Posted 28.11.2018

Sue Baillie Appointed Head of Queen Margaret’s

The Board of Governors is delighted to announce that Sue Baillie has been appointed Head of Queen Margaret’s, York.

Sue began her twenty-seven year teaching career in the North at Barnard Castle School and has had an affinity with the region ever since. For the last seven years Sue has been Pastoral Director at Newcastle Royal Grammar School, previously she was Second Deputy Head at Kimbolton School. As a Head of History and Politics in selective day and boarding schools, with senior leadership experience in all girls’ schools and in boarding, Sue brings a wealth of experience to lead QM.

Caroline Bayliss, Chairman of Governors, said: ‘Selected from an extremely impressive field of candidates, Sue Baillie is hugely qualified to lead QM. Sue has an incisive mind and great vision, coupled with a deep empathy for QM’s values and real warmth of personality. The Governors and I are delighted in the appointment and confident Sue will be an exceptional leader for QM.’

Sue is looking forward to taking up the reins at QM and to getting to know the QM Family in the coming months. She said: ‘I am hugely excited and immensely privileged to have been appointed as QM’s next Head. QM is demonstrably a very special place and I felt an affinity with its values from my first visit. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and openness of girls and staff alike and look forward to building on the firm foundations laid by Jessica Miles.’

Married to a Yorkshireman, Ian, Sue has an eight-year-old daughter, Louise, plus a cockapoo called Monty, an elderly cat called Polly and six hens. She enjoys walking and endeavours to keep fit through running 5 km in under 30 minutes. A keen cook, Sue has competed in regional and local competitions; she considers her greatest victory to be winning her local village cheese scone championship. As a historian and educator, the prospect of living and working with girls and staff in the beautiful environs of Escrick Park feels particularly special and in keeping with her belief that contemporary girls’ education is one with a modern outlook based on traditional values.

Sue Baillie will join QM from September 2019, and will be present in School to get to know the QM Family in the interim. Jessica Miles leaves QM at Easter and Senior Deputy Head Lars Fox will be Acting Head for the Summer Term.