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History & Heritage

Queen Mary's was founded by The Woodard Corporation and its original home was at Duncombe Park, near Helmsley, where it opened with only 23 pupils on roll. The school grew over the next 60 years into a thriving prep school for children aged 7 - 13. On moving to its current home, Baldersby Park, Queen Mary’s expanded opening a Pre-Prep Department and allowing girls to stay until 16 to complete their GCSEs.

Why choose a girls’ school?

With research evidence indicating that single sex education is academically advantageous for girls, we recognise this at Queen Mary’s and feel that it is the girls-only environment in the pre-teen and teenage years that leads to each of our pupils becoming independent, caring, and driven individuals.

Boys and girls mature at different rates and learn in different ways. Whereas our girls benefit from a bespoke education geared specifically to their needs.

We create a safe but risk-taking environment where girls can learn from their mistakes without fear of being put down or dismissed. At Queen Mary’s there is no shame in working hard or being successful. This enables girls to develop confidence in their own abilities as individuals, and not define themselves by their gender.

We ensure that there is no stereotyping of subjects by gender. Girls are more likely to take subjects that are less traditionally popular with girls because they don’t acquire a masculine or feminine connotation.

Girls’ schools celebrate the female perspective and way of doing things. They are places where girls are accustomed to being heard and being valued for who they are, irrespective of what they look like or what they wear. The girls’ school environment affirms and encourages young women to be confident individuals, leaders and agents of social change.

For more information about the benefits of girls’ schools, please click here to visit The Girls’ Schools Association website.