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United Against Bullying - Bronze Award 2024

QM has achieved the United Against Bullying Bronze Award from the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

The United Against Bullying programme awards have been given to schools that have evidenced their work to improve the wellbeing of all pupils.

Housemistress Jill Roe has been at the helm of QM's membership of the Anti-Bullying Alliance and has been instrumental in QM achieving the Bronze Award, she said: "This award is a testament to the work that goes on at QM on a daily basis to improve the pupil experience, as well as our willingness to be open-minded and self-reflective. We will continue to actively engage with the Anti Bullying Alliance going forward as we develop our whole school approach to bullying."

Small Independent School of the Year 2023

Independent Schools of the Year Awards

At an awards ceremony in London this week, Queen Margaret’s School for Girls was named ‘Small Independent School of the Year’, beating off both local and national competition.

The Independent Schools of the Year Awards are the sector’s leading awards programme and receive hundreds of nominations from the best schools across the UK. Despite strong representation from other schools in York, Queen Margaret’s was the only North Yorkshire school to win an award.

The school won thanks to our personal tutoring system for each student, the opening of our brand-new Sixth Form study centre, our bespoke boarding arrangements and because we recently achieved a gold mental health accreditation.

Head, Sue Baillie, said “We are delighted to win this award as it recognises the truly unique nature of QM and the transformational impact it has on our students. In our small school we have been able to build a very special community spirit which underpins our success. We know our students well, we care about their welfare, and we support their ambitions. They never get lost in the crowd.”

The Good Schools Guide

The Good Schools Guide is the UK’s number one school guide, helping parents to choose the best education for their children. The team at The Good Schools Guide are very clear; "each school in The Guide is selected on merit alone. Schools cannot pay to be included and have no influence over what we write. We always tell the truth."

We were delighted to receive our review, which concluded "Queen Margaret’s is small but perfectly formed and has everything you could wish for, unless you crave anonymity and getting lost in the crowd."

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Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health In Schools

In 2023, Queen Margaret's achieved the Gold standard School Mental Health Award, delivered by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, for its outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision. The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools aims to strengthen pupils’ mental health by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, improving pupils’ outcomes and life chances.

Rachel C. Boyle, Dean of Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie School of Education, said: “The achievement of the Mental Health award is a demonstration of the school's significant commitment to improving children's and staff’s mental health and wellbeing. It is also a commitment to developing practices in school that seek to improve awareness and expertise in creating safe and secure learning environments in which all children can truly fulfil their potential. This award is one that all staff can be truly proud of”

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Independent School of the Year for Student Wellbeing

Queen Margaret’s was the winner in the Student Wellbeing category of the Independent Schools of The Year (ISOTY) Awards 2021. We were immensely proud of both our girls and our staff for this fantastic achievement.

Over 700 entries were received in total, with Dr Helen Wright, Chair of the ISOTY Awards judging panel describing the student wellbeing award as "perhaps one of the most important areas of school life over the past 18 months".

QM was nominated thanks to our commitment to all of our girls' wellbeing whilst they were learning from home and our approach to fully supported, seamless online learning.

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Boarding Innovation Award

In 2018, Queen Margaret's was crowned winner of the Boarding Innovation Award at the Boarding Schools' Association Achievement Awards 2018.

The Boarding Schools' Association (BSA) commented, "QM’s ‘Community Weekends’ have been recognised by the BSA as an outstanding example of boarding innovation. Introduced in September 2017, they were developed to stimulate further a thriving weekend life with the girls themselves taking charge and leading their organisation. With 12 Community Weekends held every year, each one is led by one of the School’s six vertical houses or other girl-led groups such as the International Council.

As the only all-girls’ full boarding school in the North of England, one of QM’s great strengths is its thriving boarding life which ensures full integration across the years. Girls take full responsibility for Community Weekends, consulting with all year groups to devise themes and content, which gives the girls the opportunity to develop essential soft skills such as communication, leadership and negotiation."

"Our student is very happy and QM played a very important part in helping her to achieve excellent results. The school certainly went out of its way to help her and without everyone‘s support it would have been very difficult for her to achieve the results she did."

Mrs Rocio Ruiz de Velasco

BSE (Boarding Schools in England), Spain

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