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The Mount School York is an exceptional independent day and boarding school, based in the heart of the majestic city of York.

A Quaker Foundation

The Mount School was founded 1785, when prominent Quakers, Esther and William Tuke, wished to provide an education for the children of Quakers. A Quaker education at The Mount School does more than just prepare pupils for academic achievement. It prepares them for life. Mount pupils go out into society as people who combine responsibility and independence with an open-minded, questioning attitude. Pupils grow into to remarkable young adults who want to help to make the world a better place. 

We are passionate about girls and their education.

We are leaders in educating girls in an environment that is both inspirational and emphatic in its understanding of their needs especially as they progress through the demanding, and educationally vital, teenage years.  We aim to graduate empowered and confident young women, enabling them to believe nothing is beyond their reach.




We have been at the forefront of providing an exceptional education for girls since 1785.

Our Quaker founders knew that senior girls excelled within an all-girls educational environment and we still believe this to be true today. Mount girls are equipped with the skills, ambition and courage to succeed in everything they aspire to do, and anything they aspire to be.

Mount girls take centre stage to pursue their academic excellence.

We are unreservedly proud of being a single-sex girls’ senior school and believe totally in the absolute benefits for girls of being educated in a single-sex environment during their teenage years. This approach applies in particular to the curricular and super-curricular environment and to many aspects of the co-curricular landscape in a school.

We recognise that society is co-educational and that there are social reasons for promoting co-educational opportunities for our girls as they seek to negotiate the potentially difficult and challenging teenage years. With this in mind we are pioneering such opportunities within our co-curricular programme, specifically via our musical ensembles such as the community choir and bands, in joint drama productions and in both external and internal sports clubs.

The Mount Junior School

In the 1990s, The Mount School expanded to welcome children from the age of 3 in The Mount Junior School. The Pre-School and Junior School offers a genuinely remarkable education designed for young minds. At The Mount Junior School we want our pupils to make the most of every opportunity, both inside and outside the classroom. While many schools claim their pupils fulfill their potential, we believe our pupils discover potential they did not know they had!

Holistic Education

The education that we offer at The Mount School has a strong academic backbone around which is sculptured a distinct holistic body. This latter takes place in the afternoons, at weekends and in school holidays. It is at these times that we actively seek to provide opportunities for girls to interact in both single-sex and co-educational groupings such that our education is unique, high in quality and focussed on what is best developmentally for the girls in our charge at each distinct stage of their education and maturation whether this be in curricular, super-curricular or co-curricular areas.

Our extensive day School is enhanced by our fantastic boarding environment. 

We welcome full, weekly and flexi boarding pupils. Boarders join us from all over the world, including Asia, Africa, mainland Europe, and the UK. Boarding life at The Mount School is an enriching experience where girls are encouraged to live adventurously by trying new things and making the most of the opportunities available to them. 

I am delighted to be the 20th Principal of The Mount School. I am honoured to lead this exceptional School and embrace the Quaker ethos.

I look forward to developing our shared purpose and progressive spirit by continuing our mantra of ‘We Know Girls Can’. What could be more vital and important in a world where the principles of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion are, at long last, assuming their rightful position.

If you would like to find out more about what a Mount School education can offer your daughter, then please come and visit. I look forward to meeting you when you do.

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