Queen Mary's is a girls day and boarding school. Co-educational Early Years and Pre-Prep department for day pupils aged 4 to 7. Girls have the chance to excel in music, sport and drama and can perform in public at least once a term. Excellent reputation for pastoral care as well as high academic achievement. Many opportunities for outdoor pursuits, riding and on site stables. Christian ethos.
As part of the worldwide 2021 Big Draw Festival, pupils at Queen Mary’s School have brought drawing to life with their ‘Make the Change’ Big Draw event.
19th October 2021 — As part of the worldwide 2021 Big Draw Festival, pupils at Queen Mary’s School, North Yorkshire, have brought drawing to life with their ‘Make the Change’ Big Draw event.
With themes including Respecting Nature, The World We Want and Reusing Resources, pupils from ages 7 – 16 came to the beautiful double-height Art Studio to get creative. Pupils used many types of media from Fabriano, natural forms and acrylic screens to Posca pens, cardboard and recycled paper.
The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing promoting the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression, and invention. The Festival is made up of a collection of thousands of creative events, activities, and workshops across the globe run by organisations big and small; from individuals to entire cities.
Pupils at Queen Mary’s School were excited to be involved. Art Captain, Hettie, age 15, thoroughly enjoyed helping to lead the event: “I love drawing and the emotional response I have when I see drawings in a gallery, so it was wonderful to encourage the whole school to create their own masterpieces. It was also a great leadership opportunity as all the Art Scholars were able to mentor younger pupils.”
Dr Emma Radley, Queen Mary’s Head of Art, and Mrs Carole Cameron, Head of Queen Mary’s School, were delighted with the event: “With excellent GCSE Art results each year, scholarships for budding artists and many opportunities to exhibit work, Queen Mary’s has an extremely strong Art Department. What makes it even more special are the events and opportunities for inclusivity from the Annual Art Exhibition to the Big Draw where everyone joins in to create and embrace artistic challenge.
We may have been producing art to ‘Make the Change’ for the Big Draw but we also promote drawing as an activity to relieve stress and improve mental health.”
Queen Mary’s School welcomes Art for Youth North this Half Term. This is a unique, one-off opportunity to view and buy contemporary and affordable art from over 70 new and established artists and Queen Mary’s Art Scholars will be exhibiting their work on the emerging artists wall.
Inspiring and Industrious Year 11 pupils - GCSE Success Queen Mary's School
Inspiring and industrious, the Year 11 pupils at Queen Mary's School, between Ripon and Thirsk, much deserve their moment of glory having received superb GCSE results with almost 40% of entries achieving Grade 8 – 9s.
12th August 2021 — Inspiring and industrious, the Year 11 pupils at Queen Mary's School, between Ripon and Thirsk, much deserve their moment of glory having received superb GCSE results with almost 40% of entries achieving Grade 8 – 9s. Along with many other young people, they responded magnificently to the challenges of online learning showing resilience and independence at every stage. The outcomes are testament to a resourceful and responsible cohort with bright futures ahead of them.
In addition to celebrating strong GCSE results, there was success with Grade 8 ABRSM and Speech and Drama examinations, as well as with national sporting excellence. Every Year 11 pupil held a significant position of responsibility during a uniquely challenging year, serving the school with distinction, often remotely.
Special congratulations to Arabella Jaques and Lilian Roberts who have attended Queen Mary’s for over 14 years, from the age of two. Alongside their amazing GCSE results, they have both achieved ABRSM Grade 8 Singing, have represented the school in many sports and have taken on leadership roles as Deputy Head Girl and Scholars’ Captain. Congratulations also go to Arabella’s sister, Old Maryan, Emilia who will head to the University of Oxford to read Music with a Choral Scholarship.
There is an array of talent across the year. All the pupils received offers to their first choice sixth forms. Four girls have secured scholarships to attend prestigious schools with double scholarships for Tilly Armstrong (Academic and Music) and Jemma Raper (Academic and Sport) and several girls will take up places at Ripon Grammar School.
Mrs Carole Cameron, Head of Queen Mary's School is enormously proud of all of the Year 11 pupils and staff. "I am so impressed that this mature and proactive group has responded magnificently to the exceptional circumstances. They have come smiling through and have been great role models for younger girls.
I am also extremely grateful to our staff who enable Queen Mary's pupils to excel. The Home Learning Programme brought exciting and empowering teaching and learning opportunities providing excellence across the curriculum. This happy and vibrant community owes a great debt of gratitude to staff and pupils, alike.”
Queen Mary’s offers a broad curriculum, allowing pupils to pursue their interests within small classes designed to facilitate their ongoing development and achievement. The next Open Mornings will take place on Friday 1 – Saturday 2 October.
All-Round Education Reaping Rewards at Queen Mary’s School
This year's GCSE results from Queen Mary’s School round off a year of success that has seen girls strive for excellence in every endeavour. Special congratulations to those girls who have attended Queen Mary’s for over 14 years, from the age of two.
20th August 2020 — This year's GCSE results from Queen Mary’s School round off a year of success that has seen girls strive for excellence in every endeavour. Special congratulations to those girls who have attended Queen Mary’s for over 14 years, from the age of two, and to those who have received scholarships to prestigious sixth forms. All the Queen Mary’s girls have achieved so much in such an extraordinary year.
Amy Riordan, from Northallerton, was awarded eleven Grade 9s today to add to her other exceptional achievements including Grade 8 in three separate Speech and Drama examinations and Grade 5 Ballet and Violin. Heather Nuttall, also from Northallerton, was awarded eleven Grade 9s. As Academic Scholars, Amy and Heather are perceptive, focused and thoughtful with their work and engage in a host of school activities being part of a Battle of the Books team and winning UK Maths Trust Awards and supporting the Queen Mary’s Charity Fashion Show.
Jessie Walkland and Lizzie Duxbury have both attended Queen Mary’s School since nursery and alongside excellent results they have achieved great things including performing in ‘Dido & Aeneas’, achieving Grade 8 Singing and Clarinet and competing in Gymnastics at national level.
Thirsk twins, Holly and Rose Scott, received superb results. Extremely conscientious and determined, Holly was awarded her Sport colours three times as well as her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Placed in the National Schools Equestrian Association finals, Rose, as Head Girl, is seen to be a true inspiration to the younger girls. Her amazing speech at Mary’s Virtual Speech Day will long be remembered.
Some of this year’s leavers have secured scholarships to attend prestigious sixth forms including Academic and Sport scholarships and destinations include Fettes College, Oakham School, Ripon Grammar School, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle and Shrewsbury School. Congratulations also go to the Queen Mary’s former pupils who are now moving onto Russell Group universities including Charlie Hancock who will be studying Human Sciences at The University of Oxford.
Mrs Carole Cameron, Head of Queen Mary’s School, is so proud of all the girls: “I send the girls my warmest wishes and congratulations for all that they have achieved at Queen Mary’s. Alongside their academic successes, there is diversity and talent across the year group. They make a strong team and, shaped by the breadth of opportunities and experiences at Queen Mary’s, they epitomise the nurturing ethos of the school. As capable, resilient and confident young women they will thrive in whatever environment they move on to.
I am enormously grateful to our staff who enable Queen Mary’s girls to excel. Hugely experienced and utterly dedicated, they provide excellence across the curriculum in a happy and vibrant community.”
Today’s GCSE results from Queen Mary’s School, between Ripon and Thirsk, round off what has been a full year of success. Special congratulations must go to the girls who have attended Queen Mary’s for over 14 years from the age of two, who have received exceptional results.
22nd August 2019 — Today’s GCSE results from Queen Mary’s School, between Ripon and Thirsk, round off what has been a full year of success. Special congratulations must go to the girls who have attended Queen Mary’s for over 14 years from the age of two, who have received exceptional results.
This year’s excellent results highlight that over 1 in 4 entries were awarded the most outstanding Grades 8 - 9s. Queen Mary’s also celebrates significant value-added scores that measure achievement against predicted grades throughout each girl’s educational journey.
Emilia Jaques is one of the pupils who has attended Queen Mary’s since the age of two. Today she has achieved Grade 9 in 9 subjects. Along with her academic studies, Emilia has had an exciting year as the female BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year with many opportunities to perform on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ with Alfie Boe and her beautiful voice has also been heard on a recording with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Within school Emilia has taken on the role of Head Chorister, has achieved Distinction in three instruments in her ABRSM Music Grade 8 examinations and, as a keen and committed sportswoman, she attended the ‘Girls Go Gold’ national sports conference.
Ximena Burrows has also attended Queen Mary’s for the last 14 years and achieved 6 Grade 9s. As Deputy Head Girl and an Academic Scholar she has excelled in all areas. With a career in medicine as her goal, she has led the Charity Council and been a member of the Community Service Group. Having received two scholarships to attend St Mary’s School, Cambridge, she will remain a ‘Mary’s’ girl. The Mary Ward scholarship rewards spirituality, charity and community values and the Academic (STEM) scholarship promotes Science and Mathematics.
Many of this year’s leavers with strengths in Academic studies, Art, Music and Riding have secured scholarships to attend prestigious sixth forms. These also include Ampleforth, The Mount, Sidcot, Stowe and Uppingham schools. Congratulations also go to the Queen Mary’s old girls who having received amazing A Level results and are moving onto Russell Group universities including the University of Oxford.
Mrs Carole Cameron, Head of Queen Mary’s School, is delighted: “My warmest congratulations go to all of our leavers. These excellent results are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the girls and staff, as well as the support of the whole school community. It is clear that Queen Mary’s has provided a quality, bespoke education with exceptional opportunities, encouraging self-esteem and self-belief.”
Queen Mary’s offers a broad curriculum, allowing pupils to pursue their interests within small classes designed to encourage wellbeing and success.
Queen Mary’s Builds England Hockey Standard Synthetic Pitch and Sports Pavilion
Work is now well underway on Queen Mary’s School’s new floodlit synthetic pitch certified for Hockey, Netball and Tennis and Sports Pavilion.
17th June 2019 — Work is now well underway on Queen Mary’s School’s new floodlit synthetic pitch certified for Hockey, Netball and Tennis and Sports Pavilion.
The new facility in the grounds of Queen Mary’s School, between Ripon and Thirsk, includes a full sized synthetic pitch constructed by Cleveland Land Services of Guisborough and overseen by Notts Sports, official partners to England Hockey and the UK’s leading specialist in the design and supply of synthetic surfacing systems. Alongside the pitch a two-storey Sports Pavilion will provide changing rooms for up to four teams, a central multi-use space and a viewing platform. The pavilion is being constructed by Moduloft at their Catterick Bridge site.
Queen Mary’s sporting achievements are highly regarded in the region. The new floodlit, all-weather synthetic pitch will allow pupils at the school to access these top-class facilities to practise for longer, and inspire the next generation to enjoy exercise and succeed in sport.
The facilities will also benefit the local community and be available to hire for everything from sport fixtures to birthday parties, alongside potential opportunities to watch Hockey clubs and prestigious matches played within the grounds of Queen Mary’s School.
Joint Heads of Sport Emma Lindsley and Danielle Pegg are delighted to see work underway: “Queen Mary’s pupils already achieve national success in Trampolining, Gymnastics and Riding. Additionally, 18 of Queen Mary’s Hockey players have qualified for the Area Teams and three girls have been part of the Junior Academy Centre. This new facility will especially enhance our school’s sporting facilities for team sports including Hockey and Netball, allowing pupils to spend more time on the pitch and benefit from this state of the art surface.”
Queen Mary’s Hockey player, Jemima Berry, Year 9 agrees: “The plans look amazing. I am very excited to start playing on the new pitch.”
Mrs Carole Cameron, Head at Queen Mary’s School stated: “At Queen Mary’s we inspire pupils to believe anything is possible. The new synthetic pitch and pavilion will give all our pupils even more confidence to achieve. With such great opportunities available, we may see some of them following in the footsteps of the GB Women’s Hockey Team who won gold at the last Summer Olympics or the England Netball Team, winners at the Commonwealth Games.”
Queen Mary’s to Welcome Space Scientist, Dr Suzie Imber, to Female Futures Fair
Queen Mary’s School is to welcome Dr Suzie Imber to their Female Futures’ Fair on Friday 26 April. Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science and has recently won the BBC 2 series ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’
16th April 2019 — Queen Mary’s School, between Ripon and Thirsk, is to welcome Dr Suzie Imber to their Female Futures’ Fair on Friday 26 April. Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science and has recently won the BBC 2 series ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’
This free event is open to girls and parents from across the region and has been organised to inspire and help them plan for a successful future in the working environment whichever path they may wish to take. Attendees will hear unique stories from women of different ages, hailing from an array of professions, who can draw on personal experiences of their careers including the path they chose and the twists, turns and challenges they faced along the way.
Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester. She specialises in studying space weather; understanding the impact of the solar wind on the magnetised planets, in particular Earth and Mercury. Suzie is a Co-Investigator on the X-ray spectrometer project on board the joint ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft launching in October 2018 which will arrive at Mercury in 2025.
Suzie was the winner of the recent BBC 2 series entitled ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ during which twelve candidates were put through astronaut training with NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield. She endured challenges such as taking her own blood, speaking Russian while in a centrifuge at 5g and carrying out emergency procedures on the NASA undersea astronaut training facility, Aquarius. Suzie will receive a letter of recommendation from Chris Hadfield to support her application to the European Space Agency astronaut training programme.
Suzie was an England U21 lacrosse player, an elite rower, and is now a high altitude mountaineer. She has written computer code to automatically identify mountains in South America, and found hundreds of mountains that had never been identified before. She sets off annually to scale these incredibly remote, unclimbed mountains, exploring new regions of our planet and even discovering Incan ruins on the summits.
At the Female Futures’ Fair, alongside Suzie Imber, Wendy Loretto BCon PhD, Dean of the University of Edinburgh Business School, will give a keynote speech and other inspirational speakers and exhibitors from many scientific and artistic fields from law, financial services and medicine to broadcasting, global marketing and more will be there.
Carole Cameron, Head of Queen Mary’s School is delighted: “We are extremely excited to be welcoming Suzie Imber and Wendy Loretto alongside a whole host of successful women from a range of professional backgrounds. This event provides an opportunity for the school to inspire and empower girls from across the region to believe that they can achieve anything.”
The Female Futures’ Fair will take place on Friday 26 April from 14:00 – 17:00. Please see www.queenmarys.org/events for further information about this free event. Call 01845 575000 or email email@example.com to book your place.
Full Event Programme:
Keynote: Professor Wendy Loretto, the Dean of the University of Edinburgh Business School
Speakers: Alex Hall, BBC Broadcaster Emma Doswell, Scientific Researcher Jo Thackwray, Volunteer Resource Manager, Oxfam
Break for networking
Helen Morgan, Managing Director, Accenture Harriet Little, Global Marketing, Fitbit Susan Johnson, Founder, Bella di Notte
Keynote: Dr Suzie Imber, Associate Professor of Planetary Science and winner of the BBC 2 series ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?’
Confirmed Exhibitors: Silk Family Law, Bishopton Veterinary Group, Nestlé, RAF, Askham Bryan College
Queen Mary’s offers a broad curriculum, allowing pupils to pursue their interests within small classes designed to encourage their development and achievement. The next Open Morning will take place on Monday 6 May. For more information please call 01845 575040.
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