Founded in 1785, we are the only all-girls Quaker school in the UK. Led by our Quaker Ethos we provide a high quality rounded and caring education.

The School’s ethos reflects the Quaker values of:

  • Simplicity
  • Truth
  • Equality
  • Peace
  • Social Justice
  • Sustainability

These Quaker values, also called testimonies are central to our School community – they influence and underpin everything we do.

We value each member of The Mount community equally, no matter where they are from or their beliefs. This results in a happy caring community with encouraging and friendly relationships between girls and staff. Girls learn to see the best in everyone, discover the best in themselves and others, and want to make a positive difference in the world. At The Mount School everyone has an equal voice. Every girl is provided with the opportunity to have her voice heard. Girls learn to articulate their thoughts and listen to others, appreciating their opinions and views. In this atmosphere of mutual respect girls master how to learn with integrity and have the confidence in their own beliefs and opinions.

“A strong sense of community and social responsibility are embedded across all areas and facets of the school, in line with the Quaker philosophy.”
ISI Inspection 2018

ISI Inspection 2018

All girls attend regular ‘meetings’ (similar to assemblies), pupils and staff come together during this time. Here everyone has an equal voice and the opportunity to speak.  Meetings in both the Senior and Junior Schools include a period of silence, in the Quaker style. This provides older girls with the chance to reflect and gather their thoughts. Younger children learn to sit quietly and think about their feelings.

A Quaker education at The Mount School does more than just prepare girls for academic achievement. It prepares them for life. Mount girls go out into society as people who combine responsibility and independence with an open-minded, questioning attitude. Our girls become the women who will help to make the world a better place.

Quaker Faith and Practice

To learn more, about the Quakers Faith and practices please download our publication ‘Faith and Practice’ which has been adapted by Helen Snelson, who is a practising Quaker.

Faith And Practice at a Quaker School – The Mount School York

Find out more about Quaker Schools at The Quaker Education website.