Queen Mary’s is an independent girls’ school for day and boarding pupils from age 2 through to 16, with a co-educational nursery and Pre-Prep departments for children between 2 and 7 years.
The school which moved to Baldersby Park in 1985 is set over 40 acres of landscaped grounds alongside the River Swale. Our pupils achieve self -confidence and independence in a safe environment through a wide range of academic, artistic, music, and sporting activities. GCSE examination results are excellent and we cater for a wide range of abilities with teaching tailored to individual need.
As featured in The Good Schools Guide in 2017 Queen Mary’s School
‘provides exceptional education that focuses on creating girls with confidence, a “have a go” mentality and freedom to grow into their own skin.’ This is a character-building independent girls’ school in which nobody even bothers talking about gender because all the girls grow up thinking there’s nothing boys can do that they can’t. At the forefront of this approach, is an outdoorsy, adventurous attitude towards learning. ‘We deliberately encourage the girls to take risks in a controlled environment and a lot of that is to do with adventure – so the girls swim, canoe and kayak in the river, camp out on the river banks, use our climbing wall and scaffolding poles, learn bush craft, build dens, climb trees – you get the picture,’ says head Carole Cameron. It’s not that the girls are forced into any of these activities, but shrinking violets these girls are not and they come out all the more robust and resilient for it.’
Academic achievements are important and pupils are expected to work hard and achieve their potential, but priority is also given to music, sport, outdoor activities and the arts. Each pupil is encouraged to discover and build on her strengths, gaining self-respect and confidence as she does so. The school environment is secure, allowing pupils to grow up safely without unwelcome distractions and pressures.
A Christian foundation, the school has a Chaplain and worship forms a regular part of school life. Pupils learn to respect each other against a background of faith and morality and within a supportive community. When the school was founded in 1925, the four corner stones were established and have stood the test of time: Good Hard Work, Public Spirit, Good Manners and Trustworthiness.
These foundations ensure each child develops into an independent individual with a strong moral compass.