The Mount Senior School offers girls a diverse range of subjects. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) subjects, humanities, modern languages and creative arts are taught to girls from Year 7 through to Sixth Form.
Pupils from a young age are able to experience a diverse range of activities to find out where their interests lie
Excellent teaching in facilitating subjects contributes to the diversity of our pupils’ success, evident in the variety of our students’ university destinations. Our teaching staff are dedicated and passionate about their subjects, they enjoy mutually respectful relationships with their students.
Key Stage Three – The Lower School, Year 7 to Year 9
At The Mount Senior School the Lower School curriculum is designed to help our younger pupils settle in to Senior School life. At this age, girls are learning about themselves, discovering their passions and exploring new subjects. In these important initial years of Senior School, we provide a supportive and friendly environment in which girls can flourish academically and achieve their full potential. We prepare our girls for the world of examinations, whilst instilling a love of learning.
In Years 7-9, girls study a wide range of subjects which include Art, Latin, Drama, Geography, History as well as core subjects Science, Maths, English and Modern Languages. Modern teaching by specialist teachers who are expert in girls’ education is key.
“Supportive, knowledgeable teaching and use of open questions encourages pupils’ critical thinking and reasoning”
ISI Inspection 2018
GCSE – The Upper School, Year 10 and Year 11
In the Upper School, girls prepare for GCSE Examinations. The Mount Senior School, provides a variety of GCSE courses which allows pupils to continue to study a breadth of subjects and the subjects they enjoy. This enables girls to keep their options open for post-16 education. Every pupil studies the core six GCSE Subjects: English and English Literature, Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language and Science (Double award for two IGCSEs, or three separate sciences).
In addition to the core subjects, girls choose three or four optional subjects. Most of our girl’s study for 9 GCSEs. Some may take fewer or more, dependent upon individual circumstances and after consultation with school staff.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
All girls follow a programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning through which our girls acquire skills and understanding for now, as well as preparing them for adult life. Our aim is to help girls develop self-confidence, build effective communication skills and develop positive relationships with those around them.
PSHE at The Mount Senior School is underpinned by social justice, and focuses on promoting well-being and nurturing resilience through social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of pupils. Our PSHE teaching places social justice and well-being at its heart creating an awareness of the mind and how it works. We teach girls to be confident decision makers and experts in looking after themselves, both bodily and mentally.
Each year group also follows the PeaceJam Compassion in Action Curriculum in which they explore case studies of a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate such as the Dalai Lama, Jodi Williams and Desmond Tutu, and apply those case studies to what they do in their everyday lives when managing relationships with friends, family and others around them.