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The girls make the most of the outdoor space, some practising their tennis strokes, others deep in conversation, and even 12 year olds are not too cool to race to the garden swing at break times.  Girls are highly motivated self-starters, with teachers who prepare them well for life outside the school gates. Though only a small percentage of staff and girls are Quakers, the ethos is at the heart of the school, manifest in respect for everyone in the community, a high degree of tolerance of differences, caring for others and democratic practices. Elements of the Peacejam programme…

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What the school says...

The Mount School produces a very special kind of girl: a mature, quietly confident girl who is comfortable to be herself, to think independently and be socially considerate.

"One of the key values I took away from The Mount School is the sense of community and giving back." - A past student.

Set in sixteen acres of magnificent grounds located ten minutes walk from York's historic city centre, The Mount School has exceptional purpose-built facilities for Science, Art and Design, Music, Drama and Sport. Our outstanding academic results ensure the School consistently performs exceptionally well in all league tables. In 2012 The Mount was the top independent school in Yorkshire at A-Level for average UCAS points per candidate (figures from the Independent Schools Commission as published in the Yorkshire Post, August 2012). Our caring Quaker ethos enables boarding and day girls to achieve their full potential in School life and afterwards.

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Independent School (Edexcel Certificates)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Applications of Mathematics at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Methods in Mathematics at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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Since January 2016, Adrienne Richmond, previously deputy head at Durham High School for Girls. She has also been director of studies at Newcastle Central High. She studied maths at Newcastle and trained as a maths teacher at Manchester. She is an ISI inspector and a D of E award leader, enjoying hill walking and camping.

Academic matters

A level results 55 per cent A*/A in 2017, A*/B 74 per cent. Traditional A levels with biggest uptake in maths and sciences (perhaps due to recent recruitment of more international students to sixth form) though class size remains small ‘with nowhere to hide,’ said one sixth former, smiling ruefully. PE, theatre studies, psychology and business studies on offer too. Ever-expanding enrichment programme with weekly lectures, community and global focus. Strong uptake of EPQ - now extended down to...

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Special Education Needs

The Mount School is primarily a school for those of above average academic ability; an entrance examination in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning is used to assess suitablilty. The school does however accept girls with some specific learning difficulties (SPLD) together with certain physical handicaps and those for whom English is not their first language. The schools' Quaker ethos is reflected in the valuing of everyone and prejudging of no-one. Girls understand the efforts and achievements of all, and value the deversity of skills; culture and ethnicity appreciating the contribution that all can make to the school community. On a practical level, the school has good links with the Dyslexia Institute and the Centre for Speech and Language at the University of York which provides assessment and support where necessary. The school employs a Specialist Learning Support teacher and an English as a Foreign Language teacher. Girls receive extra tuition in groups or on a one to one basis as appropriate. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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