Glowing Inspection Report

There is cause for celebration at Mount St Mary’s and Barlborough Hall after inspectors delivered a glowing report across the board.

A team from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) spent three days at the senior school site and three days at the prep site in December. Findings published today include:

 pupils’ personal development is excellent
 teachers’ subject knowledge is excellent
 pupils’ attitude to learning is excellent
 academic attainment and other achievements are good
 the range and quality of extracurricular achievements are significant
 there is a culture of collaboration by teachers that causes learning to thrive.

Mount St Mary’s College is a Jesuit day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 11 to 18. Its nursery and preparatory campus for three to 11-year-olds is located in the neighbouring village of Barlborough, housed in a characterful 16th century listed building. Pupils hail from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Worksop and other local villages and towns.

Seven-day-a-week boarding is available for pupils aged 11 to 18 with full-time, weekly and flexi packages to choose from. Day pupils are increasingly signing up for weekly and flexi boarding to support their studies and make the most of the extra-curricular programme. In addition, parents recognise that boarding helps develop maturity, independent and resilience in young people, particularly beneficial to those who move away from home to attend university.

We met all of the national minimum standards for boarding schools and won praise for its evening and weekend study support, extracurricular activities and strong sense of community. The report states that boarders achieve well and become resilient young people who respect other cultures.

Inspectors noted that academic results improve year on year and a high proportion of sixth form students achieve offers from top ranked universities. Old Mountaineers have gone on to study at establishments including Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities, leading UK and overseas conservatoires, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as well as carving out successful professional careers in sports and the arts.

The fantastic ISI report is a fitting start to our 175th anniversary year. A comprehensive growth and development plan to propel the school forward - Mount 175 - comes to fruition this year. The past few years have seen substantial investment in the school, including refurbishment of the boarding houses, an overhaul of the nursery setting - indoor and out - and resurfacing of the tennis courts. A week in May has been set aside for the school community, past and present, to come together and mark the milestone. There will be music, drama, sports, socialising and awards.

Dr Nicholas Cuddihy, who joined the school as Headmaster in September 2014, is the architect of the Mount 175 plan. He said: “All areas of the school were inspected - from nursery to the sixth form, boarding and everything in between. The subsequent findings contained within the report are a very welcome external endorsement of the work we are doing here and of the high standards being achieved day in, day out by our students.”

The school has a distinguished and long-held reputation for success in sport and music. The ISI report confirms that these high standards and being embedded in every area of school life.

Victoria McAllister, Registrar, added: “It really is shaping up to be an extremely positive year and we’re only six months in! Growth in pupil numbers continues, in fact we are oversubscribed for entry into Year 7 this September and nursery is very busy indeed. We look forward to our open days in March where we will be proud to show families exactly what the inspectors saw in us during their visit at the end of last year.”

To view the full ISI report, please click here

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