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Why Choose

Queen Mary’s Independent School?

A leading day and boarding school between Ripon and Thirsk for girls aged 3 – 16 and boys aged 3 – 8.

Within the Top Six Independent Schools in the UK with No Sixth Form – Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide 2024.


Queen Mary’s size and ethos ensures we provide a truly individual education. This allows you to make your own story, from your learning and passions to whether you wish to make Queen Mary’s your second home with completely flexible boarding from staying one night per term to every night per term.

Academic Challenge

Queen Mary’s commitment to personalised learning is evident in its diverse curriculum with the Good Schools Guide agreeing that “There is a strong focus on high quality teaching and learning”. Traditional subjects sit alongside Coding, Performing Arts and Entrepreneurship within the Personal Development Programme to prepare pupils for an ever-changing and complex world centred around developing a love of learning. Former pupils have gone on to succeed in many areas and we currently have girls studying at Oxbridge and other top universities.

Excellence and Opportunities Everywhere

Whether you crave national success or wish to try a new opportunity, discover your passions with over 75 activities per week on offer each week including Gymnastics, Dance, Debating and STEM as well as outstanding Music and Choral provision. Queen Mary’s pupils have received national awards in Music, Sport and Riding and get involved in everything from the Annual House Show to the UK Youth Parliament.

All Girls

With research indicating that single-sex education is academically advantageous for girls in the Prep and Senior years, our girls-only environment empowers young women to unleash their full potential and ambition to become confident and independent, and to mature from the inside out.

She Who Dares

At Queen Mary’s you are not just taught how to pass examinations. Going beyond the curriculum you will enjoy amazing adventures and experiences including Outdoor Education on the river, climbing wall and WOLF run within the school grounds alongside trips and study tours with Queen Mary’s Head of Adventure. You will be inspired to embrace challenges and become a well-rounded, resilient, independent thinker, comfortable in your own skin and ready to grasp any opportunity.

"There is a strong focus on high quality teaching and learning."

The Good Schools Guide

“Queen Mary’s School has handed me an amazing opportunity to be my best self."

Romilly, Senior Pupil

Within Top Six Schools Nationally with No Sixth Form.

Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide 2024

The Queen Mary's Happy Family

You will be welcomed into what feels like a big happy family, living in a family home. Boarders and Day Girls, who can stay into the evening, create a friendly community. A Queen Mary’s education for girls from age 3 - 16 is very special. It encourages friendship across the year groups, earlier leadership opportunities for senior girls and opportunities for peer to peer learning proven to increase academic outcomes.

Respect and Understanding

The school’s welcoming Christian ethos and provision of single-sex education at the right time provides a culture where respect and understanding are built and no judgements are made. Thanks to the unique combination of a small community, flexibility for busy family life, truly personalised learning and a determination to create magical childhood memories, your child will blossom at Queen Mary’s.

Inspiring Setting

Our beautiful 40 acre setting, complete with the River Swale, lake, woods, fields and gardens, is a safe place where you can learn, play, explore, ride, have adventures and be inspired. The school is conveniently located, being only a few minutes from the A1(M), Ripon and Thirsk with many minibus locations. 

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