The Mount welcomes girls from all over the world to be a part of our fantastic community.
Our Boarders come from a diverse range of backgrounds
The international community currently represents 17 different countries including: Hong Kong, Mexico, Taiwan, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei, China, Spain, Germany, France and the UK. As well as full time students, we also welcome girls to join us for shorter periods eg. one term, to experience the English way of life and consolidate language skills.
We understand that pupils and their parents will feel some trepidation as they move countries and experience new cultures for the first time
Our staff are experienced in providing extensive support and guidance to pupils as they settle in. Our Quaker Ethos means we value and respect every individual, no matter where they are from, their faith or their culture. We are also aware that from time-to-time pupils will miss home; other Boarders and staff will soon help them feel better. We encourage close communication between staff, parents and pupils to help with any issues that may arise.
Whilst we expect our pupils to have a basic level of English on arrival, we have an excellent English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. The EAL department aims to equip pupils for whom English is not their first language with the necessary skills and confidence in the use of English Language to allow them to integrate successfully in their environment and access the School curriculum.
EAL lessons are led by a well-qualified and experienced EAL teacher, who is also a Senior Language Testing System (IELTS) examiner. EAL tuition is taught in small groups, and individual support is also available. Lessons prepare students with the opportunity to take external EAL exams, including Key English Test (KET), and the Preliminary English Test (PET). Older pupils also have the opportunity to sit English iGCSE, or the internationally recognised Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) examination.
“EAL students attain above worldwide average results in IGCSE examinations.” ISI Inspection 2018
“The Mount gives its students so much, not just academically, but it produces truly wonderful girls. They are self-confident, mature and well-rounded, open for new challenges and well prepared for University. The teachers are supportive and lovely and all students are incredibly friendly, creating a unique homely atmosphere at the school. My daughter enjoyed going to school and enjoyed her lessons, which she never did at school back in Germany. We would recommend The Mount to everyone who has the opportunity to send their daughters there.”