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Sports Review

Published Friday 8th September 2023

Welcome back to a new busy year of sporting activity!

Welcome to Rachel Hildreth

We are delighted to welcome Rachel Hildreth to Queen Margaret’s as our new Director of Sport. Rachel is a well-known county cricketer who worked for the Yorkshire Cricket Board in promoting girls and womens' cricket across the region through the training of teachers and children.

You can read more about Rachel here - Spotlight On Rachel Hildreth.

South Africa Sports Tour

During the summer holidays, 18 senior students set off with three members of the Sports Department for the trip of a lifetime to South Africa. Not only did the girls get the chance to make friends playing fixtures against other teams, they also got a wonderful experience of the country itself including wildlife, elephant feeding, safari, whale watching, penguins, day trips, culture, outreach, and more!

“We’ve had the most amazing experience out in South Africa for the Senior Sports Tour. All party members are still on a high and have wonderful memories to treasure for a lifetime; great friendships within the group, but also the opportunity to integrate with the teams we met and tell stories to each other from one culture to another. What an experience this was for all.

The ‘early bird catches the worm’ spirit ensured we saw and sampled all of South Africa’s wonders. Over a period of 10 days, from Cape Town to the Safari Game Lodge via Hummanus, for a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience of magicant humpback whales, then back to the vibrant but relaxed city that had it all - beach, mountains, colourful landscape, and the Southern Cross of stars in the moonlit sky.

Having arrived back in the beautiful surroundings of Escrick Park on Sunday morning, we still can't believe where we have been and what we have seen. What an adventure.” Trip leader Jill Rastall

You can read more and see the photos here - South Africa Sports Tour 2023

South Africa Sports Tour

Horse Riding Summer Success

Isabella (Year IV) successfully completed the FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Riders & Juniors last weekend (2nd September). The Championship took place in Castelsagrat, France, and not only was Isabella the first-ever Chinese competitor in a Young Rider Championship, she was also the youngest to finish, coming in 30th place out of 70 competitors. Isabella is a trailblazer in her sport, congratulations Isabella!

Horse Riding Summer Success
Horse Riding Summer Success

Triathlon Championships

Emilia R (Year II) is competing for Yorkshire this weekend at the National Triathlon championships in Leicester. Good luck!

Opro Gumshield Reminder

This is a reminder for parents of students in years I-IV and any senior hockey and/or lacrosse players. Both England Hockey and England Lacrosse recommend a dental-fit gum guard for players. Lacrosse players should avoid a clear or white gum guard as it must be clearly visible to the umpire.

Parents can order a self-fit kit online with Opro here - order form and discount code.

Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday 9th September 2023


  • Hockey Fixtures
    • 1st XI vs Ampleforth College Details
    • Girls-U13A vs Ampleforth College Details
    • Girls-U12A vs Ampleforth College Details


  • Hockey Fixtures
    • Girls-U15A vs Ampleforth College Details
    • Girls-U14A vs Ampleforth College Details


  • Hockey Fixtures
    • 2nd XI vs Ampleforth College Details

Tuesday, 12 September 2023


  • Hockey Fixtures
    • Girls-U13A vs Cheadle Hulme School Details

Wednesday, 13 September 2023


  • Lacrosse Fixtures
    • 1st Team vs Harrogate Ladies' College and Highfield Prep Details

Saturday, 16 September 2023


  • Hockey Fixtures
    • Girls-U13A vs Bradford Grammar School Details
    • Girls-U12A vs Bradford Grammar School Details


  • Hockey Fixtures
    • Girls-U15A vs Bradford Grammar School Details


  • Hockey Fixtures
    • Girls-U14A vs Bradford Grammar School Details


  • Hockey Fixtures
    • 1st XI vs Bradford Grammar School Details

Sports and Physical Education Enrichment

At QM, we have a huge range of enrichment activities for sports and physical education. From lacrosse to hockey, netball, running club, football, swimming, lifeguarding, and much more.

Click below to see the 2022/23 activities you can get involved in.

Click here to see the archive of past Sports Reviews.

Your Sporting Stories

If you have any summer sporting success stories we would love to hear them. There is so much talent at QM and we love to celebrate your achievements outside school with the QM Family. Be sure to share your news with the Sports Department or email

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