I was very excited to join Queen Margaret's at the age of 13, particularly as I was following in my mum's footsteps, who started QM at the age of 8 when there was a junior school called Dower House Escrick village. She always regaled me with exciting and sometimes mischievous stories from her time at QM and I am enjoying creating many similar memories.
Queen Margaret's encourages loyalty and a strong sense of sisterhood and I know I have already made friends for life! The school has a welcoming and friendly family feel about it, all the girls knowing each other and looking out for each other, whatever their age. I love representing QM in sports matches, more so now that I am proud to be Vice Hockey captain and also play for the 1st lacrosse team. The incredible support from all the girls and the teachers from the sidelines is always loud and clear, no matter what the weather is.
There is also a strong competitive spirit within the school, partially shown in our six houses, even though we live in our year groups. I am proud to be part of School House, and have always enjoyed the Fun Song competition, although we still haven't won yet!
Being a more creative person, the large variety of A Level choices was helpful - my chosen three being Textiles, History of Art, and Graphic Design, with the hope to go on to study Film Studies at university. Queen Margaret's also offers a diverse range of extracurricular activities and I am particularly enjoying the Leiths Cooking course, which will hopefully come in great use in later life!
We are also so lucky to have great facilities, like a brilliant theatre which produces two fantastic productions a year, giving us the chance to ‘tread the boards' or help backstage.
When I first arrived at QM I was a flexi boarder which worked so well, but now I am a weekly boarder as I don't like to miss out on any fun in the house, especially now we are in the UVI cottages!
I am really going to cherish my final year at Queen Magaret's and am going to seize all of the wonderful opportunities that we are lucky enough to be offered.
Jemima Houghton Brown
Deputy Head (Charities)