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 Read all the latest from The Mount Principal, Adrienne Richmond. Follow Adrienne on Twitter @MountPrincipal.


18 May 2016

Bursaries for September 2016 Entry

I am delighted to be able to announce that we are currently able to offer bursaries of up to 100% for entry into The Mount Sixth Form in September 2016. The bursaries will be available to girls achieving a minimum of 7 A/A* grades at GCSE. Those who are predicted to get 7 or more A/A* grades in their summer 2016 GCSE examinations are urged to get in touch for an informal chat and discussion about what The Mount can offer at A-Level.

We also still have a small number of bursaries, up to 50%, for new pupils looking to join in Years 7 to 10. Please do get in touch with our Registrar for more information.


26 April 2016

PeaceJam Centre of Excellence


Across the whole of The Mount School we run the PeaceJam global curriculum programme, an international programme based on the work of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The PeaceJam curriculum sits well with the Quaker values of peace and social justice and many girls are actively involved in the programme outside of lessons too, attending national and international PeaceJam conferences.

Last year, Sixth Form College girls travelled to Monaco for an international PeaceJam conference and a group are returning again this summer. It is not only the Senior School, however, that benefit from this fantastic programme; pupils from Year 1 upwards have PeaceJam activities built into their weekly curriculum too. How does this help? PeaceJam helps our pupils to become confident in understanding global affairs, expressing opinions and showing understanding of how to achieve peaceful resolutions in times of conflict. I believe that it also helps them to work together better in School; it gives them a broader understanding of each other and an ability to work through all those issues you often have when you are growing up.

Senior girls often work with pupils in Junior School to support their projects and our use of PeaceJam throughout the School recently gained us recognition as a PeaceJam School of Excellence for which I could not be more pleased. We received this news at the UK PeaceJam rally in Winchester – what news to return with! It is an accolade we are truly proud of and a testament to all the hard work of both staff and girls that has gone into building this truly unique programme at The Mount. I hope to see more and more pupils getting involved and, if you are a Mount parent or guardian, I encourage you to continue the conversations at home.


19 April 2016

A Warm Welcome to The Mount


This week marks the start of my second term as Principal at The Mount and I am realising just how special the School is that I have been asked to lead. What has really struck me is how the fantastic Quaker values of simplicity, trust, equality, peace and social justice transcend everything that takes place in School. I know that a lot of Heads claim that their Schools are calm and caring communities, but The Mount truly is. Pupils and staff care for one another in equal measure and whilst a definite air of respect remains, there is certainly a sense of mutual understanding of one another, simply as human beings.

Many people know very little about Quakerism but once you do enter the Quaker world you realise just what an amazing thing it is. It is a faith with its roots in Christianity and the gathered meeting for worship in silence supports members to ‘let their lives speak’ in the wider world. As a non-Quaker, but a practising Christian, I have found my entry into the Quaker world a completely uplifting experience. Quakers believe that there is ‘that of God in everyone’which makes working with The Mount’s pupils and staff an absolute pleasure on a daily basis.

There is also a tremendous amount of vibrancy and a real sense of purpose to everything that takes place. The drive and commitment of every individual here really shows. But amidst this, we value our times of silence and seeing pupils coming into assembly (which we call a Morning Meeting) in total silence and then sitting in silence and reflecting on the day’s set text, is a special experience. Having that moment of calm before the start of a day is actually a great thing, simply for one’s own wellbeing.

Even the pupils in Junior School, from Year 1 upwards, have silent time for reflection during assembly. It is wonderful to see the discipline that these children possess. They too, even at such a young age, have an understanding of the Quaker values and ethos by which we all aspire to live.

So, as I continue on my own Quaker journey, and I have much to learn, I would urge any of you to explore Quakerism to gain a greater insight of what it is about. You would be welcome to visit and attend any Quaker Meeting for Worship. Also, if you are ever in York, please do call in and see Quaker education in action for yourself.

It is a Mount School tradition that all College leavers have written a few lines about their time at the School and their hopes for the future and that they receive a gift from MSA as a memento of their time in the School.

Jola Adewumi – Jola has had a very eventful two years and is grateful for the support received from her teachers. She has made friendships that she hopes will last for life. She will be going to Reading University to study Biomedical Sciences.

Alice Boddy – Throughout her seven years at The Mount, Alice has valued the supportive and encouraging atmosphere that has allowed her gain some unforgettable experiences. She will truly miss her life and friends at school but is excited to begin her training at the Northern Ballet School.

Emily Brown - Emily has been at The Mount for 16 years. In that time she has seen many new friends arrive and old ones leave, and can't believe the years have passed by so quickly. Emily has some amazing memories to take from The Mount although is looking forward to the new challenges of university life when she is going to study Environment studies in September.

Cheuk Yin Chan - Cheuk Yin really enjoyed her time here at The Mount with all the nice people from all around the world. She feels that teachers are always friendly and helpful.

Sabrina Chan – unfortunately cannot be with us. Will be studying for an art foundation course next year in London.

Coco Chen - Coco will miss all the teachers in this school as they are so supportive and always provided constructive feedback to her during the period of applying for university. She will also miss the boarding life at The Mount. One of the best things in the boarding house is that everyone signs a birthday card to celebrate everyone's birthday. Next year, she will study Accounting and Finance at university.

Sheryl Cheung - Tbe Mount has been like a second home for Sheryl. She will be continuing her education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Evelyn Evans - Evelyn has felt extremely lucky to have fallen into such an amazing year group and knows she made the right choice in coming to The Mount for her A-Levels. She has made lifelong friends and will miss her time at school a lot. She feels that the school has prepared her well for her chosen career as she hopes to study Physiotherapy next year in Manchester.

Holly Gardiner – The Mount has meant so much to Holly over the last seven years. She especially remembers MUN conferences, the Paris trip and the Leavers Play. She is excited about the prospect of studying PPE at Oxford in the Autumn.

Helena Goldberg – over her seven years at The Mount, Helena has grown greatly in confidence, if not in height! Helena will leave The Mount with fond memories of all her lessons as well as choir and creative writing. Next year, she will be attending a foundation course at Leeds College of Art.

Amy Granville – Over the last seven years, Amy has made many valued friendships with people from all across the world. A moment she will remember forever is raising over £2000 in the charity auction. She is now going to study Medicine at Nottingham University and would like to thank all those who have supported her to achieve this.

Alice Grierson - Alice has enjoyed her 13 years at The Mount and looks forward to going to the University of Edinburgh to study Economics next year. She would like to thank the school for providing an environment in which she did not get bullied despite being 6 feet tall, ginger and impossibly clumsy.

Fathin Mumtazah Haji Abdul Manap - Mumtazah is going on to study Medicine at the University of Leicester and will go on to work for

the Bruneian government. Mumtazah will leave the school with amazing memories that will be treasured for the rest of her life.

Phoebe King - The Mount has allowed Phoebe to grow up in an environment where she felt she could be herself without the pressures other girls may have felt in their schools. She loves the way the School embraces differences and truly believes that she wouldn't have been as confident if she had attended school elsewhere. She has the most amazing and supportive friends who have made her time at The Mount so special.

Nicole Linder - Even though Nicole only spent a year at The Mount she has had an amazing time and she's very happy to have met some wonderful people that she will remember forever. Next year she is looking forward to study International Business at The Munich Business School in Germany and wishes to thank the school for everything.

Jessica Lush - Jessica is going to Northumbria to study Social Work in September. She is going to miss the people she has met at The Mount and will value the memories she has made in the past two years.

Elizabeth McBeath – Ellie hoping to study Business Studies and Marketing at Edinburgh Napier University. She would like to thank all the girls in College II for making her feel welcome and making The Mount so enjoyable.

Lubabah Nuhu-Soso – Lubabah's time at The Mount has been a wonderful experience with lovely people. She has some great memories to take with her. She hopes to study International Relations at the University of Lincoln.

Lubna Nuhu-Soso – Lubna has had a wonderful time here and will miss all the friends she has made. She hopes to study Biochemistry at university next year.

Oreoluwa Olafisan - Oreoluwa would like to thank everyone who has made her stay at The Mount worthwhile - teachers who have been of great support and the friends who have become family. Studying at The Mount has given her the opportunity to explore new things and create new paths for herself. She has become more confident, fearless and ambitious. She intends to go on to study Political Science and Economics at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Chelsea Ong - Chelsea is really glad that she has met people from all over the world and made some lifelong friends. She has truly enjoyed time both in school and in the boarding house. Chelsea is going to study Urban Planning at UCL next year.

Yan Ling Pang - Yan Ling had a wonderful time meeting people from different parts of the world and is especially thankful for all the kind words and supports teachers had given her over the past two years. She is looking forward to study Medicine at the Hull York Medical School.

Adeline Poh - Adeline is very grateful for the opportunities that The Mount has offered her and especially the support from all her teachers. These pass two years have been wonderful and she will miss her friends dearly. She is looking forward to studying Chemistry at Durham University.

Tumi Salami - Tumi has really enjoyed her time at The Mount. She will like to thank all her teachers for guiding and supporting her. She will miss all the great friends that she has made. She will be going on to study Business Studies at university.

Ellie Slater - Ellie has had a wonderful time during her time at the Mount, especially the time spent in the Art Department and with friends. She looks forward to travelling to New Zealand in her gap year, before going on to attend Leeds College of Art next year.

Nana Sy - Nana is grateful for the opportunities given to her by the school over the past four years. She is now going to study Pharmacy at UCL next year and she would like to thank you all the teachers who has guided and helped her over the years.

Feiyang Tan - Over the last two years Tan has made lots of new friends in The Mount and has really enjoyed having lessons with such nice and friendly teachers. One memorable thing that she will never forget is the amazing Bonfire Night when all the teachers and students get together to watch the amazing firework display. She is going to carry on the adventure of study next year at university.

Maddy Taylor - Maddy has enjoyed her time at The Mount, particularly time spent with friends, and also the generous support given by staff to her ambitions. This autumn, she looks forward to studying Classics at St Hilda's college, Oxford.

Sasha Taylor - Sasha joined the school in Year 9 from Zimbabwe and since then she has made many close friendships which she really treasures. She is hoping to pursue a career in tennis and is planning to compete in many tournaments during her gap year. She will never forget all the memories that she has made at The Mount.

Zoe Tsang – Can unfortunately not be with us. She is going to study Psychology next year.

Sophia Wormald - Sophia has loved her seven years at The Mount, especially her two years in Sixth Form as she knows she has made some special and lifelong friendships. She will miss all the great times at School but looks forward to starting her foundation course at Leeds College of Art.

Ye Ye – Can unfortunately not be with us. Ye Ye is hoping to study Maths at university. For her, although two years is not a long period of time it has been the most memorable period so far in her life. She has truly appreciated everyone's help at the school. She is proud to say that she is a Mount girl.

Catherine Yuan - Catherine is going to study Civil Engineering at university and is really looking forward to life after school.

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