The Boarding Schools’ Association’s Boarding Innovation Award for 2018 has been given to Queen Margaret’s, York. The prestigious awards dinner was held at the British Airways i360 Tower in Brighton, and QM Head Jessica Miles was there to pick up the award as part of the annual BSA Conference for Heads.
QM’s Community Weekends have been recognised by the BSA as an outstanding example of boarding innovation. Introduced in September 2017, they were developed to stimulate further a thriving weekend life, with the girls themselves taking charge and leading their organisation. 12 Community Weekends are held every year, each led by one of the School’s six vertical houses, or other girl-led groups such as the International Council.
The weekends are far-ranging, with different themes and activities planned for each, from Halloween- and Performing Arts-themed weekends to activities such as Football Zorbing.
Jessica Miles said: “We are honoured and delighted to be awarded with this national accolade which is testament to the value of boarding, demonstrating how innovation works to create an inclusive, thriving and happy boarding community.”