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UVI (Upper Sixth Form) - distinct, unique independent living

The Cottages

The Cottages, which house our Upper Sixth Form girls, are very distinct. Situated in terraced cottages, they are arranged in what looks like a typical village street.

Life in The Cottages offers a much greater degree of independence for our Upper Sixth Form girls, helping them to develop a more mature approach to study and communal living. Whilst offering independent living, there are still routines and structures in place to help girls get the most out of their time at QM and remain focussed as they gear up for the final demands of A Levels.

Girls have a wide range of activities to keep them busy on weekends and give them some much needed down-time. Whether it's pamper afternoons, chilled out evenings in ‘Cellars’ (the onsite social hub), or trips into York to shop and visit the theatre, cinema or restaurants; girls can allow themselves some much needed ‘me’ time.

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What makes The Cottages unique from others on campus?

Girls are allocated their own individual study room in which they will remain all year and can truly make their own. Each cottage is different in character and varies in size, but all have their own kitchen, an area to watch TV, and laundry facilities.

To encourage independence, girls are now responsible for their own washing. Supplies are also provided so they can make breakfast and snacks, or prepare the occasional meal. School routines are still followed but with a more informal approach, and while we promote autonomy, you will find there is always a member of the House Team close by to offer support or advice whenever it is needed.

What should parents know about The Cottages?

Girls quickly come to appreciate the family atmosphere that ‘Cottage’ living creates. The tone is relaxed and more informal, and the girls are considered young adults who act as ambassadors for the School and positive role models for the younger girls.

The Cottages offer more freedom and independence, helping to promote and foster personal responsibility and time management. As such, members of the Sixth Form do not wear uniform; instead they adhere to a simple dress code which is smart and businesslike. They also have the opportunity to visit York on Wednesday afternoons and weekends, once commitments such as work and Sports fixtures are fulfilled.

We asked The Cottages Housemistress about her favourite part of life in the Upper Sixth Form. Here’s what she had to say…

Upper Sixth is an incredibly special and exciting time as the girls prepare for the next stage of their career and all the wonderful possibilities life has to offer. It is filled with hard work and tough decisions, but also some exceedingly special moments and friendships that have been forged for life. It is wonderful to watch the girls grow into confident and articulate young women, ready to face new challenges and make their mark on the world. For the House Team, the best part is that we get to share this part of their extraordinary journey.

Find Out More About Boarding At QM Here

Boarding makes a particularly strong contribution to pupils' social development: they build strong supportive relationships with fellow boarders that sustain them during their time at School.

ISI Inspection Report (2019)

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