The Mount School, York

The Mount School, York

Infobox School | name = The Mount

motto = Fidelis in Parvo
established = 1831
type = Independent
principal = Diana Gant
enrollment =
free_label2 = Age Range
free_text2 = 3 to 18
location =Dalton Terrace, York YO24 4DD
United Kingdom
website = []

The Mount is a Quaker independent day and boarding school in York, England, for girls aged 11-18. It was founded in 1831. Its preparatory school is called Tregelles, accepts both boys and girls and has a nursery department. There are two or three forms in Year 7 to 11 and College (Sixth Form). There are about 15 to 20 girls in each form.


The school was founded by Yorkshire Quakers in 1831.

Present day

The current headmistress is Diana Gant. The school motto is "Fidelis in Parvo", meaning "faithfulness in little things". The school day begins with a meeting for worship every morning, except Wednesdays and every other Tuesday is hymn practice. As part of meeting the school text is sung every Friday.


The Mount School has for many years been acknowledged as one of the top Independent girls' schools in the United Kingdom. In The Times League Table, the school ranked 2nd by A-level results in the York area, with the Bootham School, another Quaker school, being the first.

Academically the school maintains traditional values and has developed ‘pillars of excellence’ in several subject areas: science, music, sports, art, drama and foreign languages.

In 2006, a 100% pass rate in A Level was recorded across the academic subjects. Over 33% of the year group gained three or more A grades, and four students were credited with 5 grade As, with three girls securing their places at the University of Cambridge in the following academic year. As for GCSE level, 100% of pupils achieved a good GCSE grade in seven or more subjects. Five students gained one of the top five marks in the country in various subjects.


The sporting facilities are comprised of 16 acres of pitches, an indoor heated swimming pool, a sports hall and a gymnasium. Girls may opt for activities such as orienteering and fencing.

Notable alumni

* Dame Judi Dench, actress
* Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, astrophysicist
* Laura Sayers, Radio 1 producer and the authors
* A. S. Byatt, author
* Margaret Drabble, author
* Kate Bellingham BBC technology presenter and engineer
* Anna Walker, BBC Tomorrow's World and Sky presenter
* Kathy Killick, BBC Look North politics presenter
* Mary Ure, actress
* Hilary Wainwright, feminist and "Guardian" writer
* Elaine Kellett-Bowman, former Conservative MP
* Isobel Barnett, aristocrat
* Elfrida Vipont, children's author

Further reading

* Sturge, H. W. & Clark, T. "The Mount School". York, 1785 to 1931. (Pub. 1931).
* Smith, M. F. & Waller, E. A. "The Mount School". York, 1857 to 1957. (Pub. 1957).
* The Mount OSA. "A register of old scholars, 1931-1932". (Pub. 1932).
* "The Mount School Annual reports" (annual lists of pupils 1919-1940).
* "Old York Scholars Association Annual reports, 1887-1901". OSA Annual reports. (Pub. 1890).
* Sheils, S. (2007) "Among Friends", The Story of The Mount School, York. London: James & James

ee also

* List of Friends Schools

External links

* [ Mount School Official Site.]
* [ Tregelles Official Site]
* [ Mount Old Scholars Association]

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