Discover QMS

Queen Margaret’s School, founded in 1921 by Miss Norah Creina Denny and Miss Dorothy Rachel Geoghegan, holds a rich history and a commitment to education. Situated on 30 picturesque acres on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, the school provides a serene and conducive learning environment.

With a diverse community comprising over 525 students of all genders hailing from 25 different countries, Queen Margaret’s School offers education from Preschool through Grade 12. This diversity enriches the educational experience, fostering an inclusive and global perspective among its students.

The School’s location on Vancouver Island not only provides a beautiful backdrop for learning but also offers opportunities for outdoor activities and environmental education, enhancing the overall educational experience.

Through our long-standing tradition and dedication to education, QMS continues to prepare students for academic success and personal growth in a nurturing and supportive environment.

The character, tone and spirit of a school do not depend on fine buildings but on people themselves. Back in 1921, Miss Denny and Miss Geoghegan wanted to show all students who came under their care how to reach their potential, both academically and socially.

Though much has changed over the past 100+ years, the spirit of our Founders’ vision is still embedded in our strategic plan: We prepare two journeys are the same.


Be curious.

Be kind.

Be brave.

Be you.

Our university-preparatory program inspires students to achieve in a structured and safe learning environment. The QMS teaching approach encourages critical thinking and problem solving by fostering joy in learning, and our values help to nurture well-rounded students who become contributing members of society.

A feeling of belonging

“Fit” is everything when choosing a school for your children or when selecting a place into which you want to pour your skills, character and energies.

Read the Head of Schools’ Welcome

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Founded by two caring teachers

Queen Margaret’s School was founded by Miss Norah Creina Denny and Miss Dorothy Rachel Geoghegan.

When they took the first step to open their own school, they had little idea what the future held for either of them.

Read more about our History

Nestled in the heart of the Cowichan Valley

Queen Margaret’s School is located on 30 acres in the Cowichan Valley. An easy walk to the town centre of Duncan, our school is 50 km (31 miles) north of Victoria and a short drive to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and ferries to Vancouver and Seattle.

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School leadership, board and staff

Our school is led and staffed by many caring individuals whose goal is to prepare our students as trailblazers who are curious, brave, kind and true to themselves. These are the people who guide and nurture QMS students every day.

Message from our Head of School Leadership Team Our Staff Board of Governors QMS Strategic Plan

Interested in learning more about Queen Margaret’s School? Contact our Admissions Team.

Admissions Team