The creative and performing arts play a vital role here at The Mount School.  There are lots of creative opportunities on offer, allowing our gilrs to enjoy the arts while learning new skills.

Girls of all ages foster a love and appreciation of the arts that will remain with them for the rest of their lives

We strongly believe the arts offer our girls a medium for self-expression, passion and emotion encouraging them to challenge themselves. The arts provide more than just creativity, but develop key life skills including confidence, perseverance and focus.

Musically, pupils are spoilt for choice

From The Mount Junior School to Sixth Form pupils have the opportunity learn to play an instrument. Visiting peripatetic staff provide instrumental and singing lessons and pupils can enrol for a variety of lessons. Pupils have the opportunity to join choirs, vocal groups, orchestra, wind band, swing band and many other musical groups. Concerts take place every term both at the school and in a range of breath-taking venues including York Minster and Duncombe Park.

All girls have the opportunity to participate in dance and drama

In addition to the curriculum girls can join drama and dance clubs or take part in full scale performances.  From nativities in the Pre-School, to full scale musicals in the Junior School and Senior School, girls at The Mount are no strangers to the stage! Our dedicated drama teacher runs LAMDA classes taught in small groups.  The results of these exams in recent years have been exceptional, with many gilrs achieving distinctions for their work.

Art at The Mount aims to develop pupils’ creativity and expression through a wide range of practices

Passion for the subject abounds from our art teachers,  who are supported by our Artist in Residence.  Younger girls develop self-expression, fine motor skills and colour recognition as they enjoy their first forays into painting.  In the Junior School and Senior School, there are plenty of opportunities for pupils to explore a variety of media including oils, clay, chalks and more.  Pupils’ work is displayed throughout the School and in our dedicated art gallery.

“Inspectors observed A level photographic and multi-media artwork of exceptional standard.”


“A very high proportion of pupils taking LAMDA Speech and Drama examinations achieve distinction; pupils spoke readily about how participation in this activity has transformed their ability to speak confidently.”

ISI Inspection 2018