News & Events

First term for the Trailblazers

15th November 2018

Our first male cohort joined us in years 7 and 12 this September and have settled in quickly and effortlessly. In this specially produced, one-off newsletter: Trailblazers , find out how our boys have enjoyed their first term here and how we plan to continue to support them through their school careers at Mount House.

A festive date for your diaries

15th November 2018

Mount House is delighted to announce our Christmas Fayre, taking place at the School on Saturday 8 December from midday. Everyone is welcome to join us for a some festive fun and gift shopping with attractions including a virtual reality pod (which proved a huge success with the pupils at our summer fair), chocolate tombola…

Private schools are gaming the new GCSE system says Richard Cairns, Brighton College Headmaster, in The Sunday Times.

13th November 2018

He says that instead of doing the new ‘harder’ GCSEs, many independent schools have opted for the IGCSEs which are unregulated by Ofqual and which still include ‘discredited’ coursework. Mount House, like many other schools, has used a mixture of the new GCSEs and IGCSEs. We pick the courses that we think will bring the…

Top schools call for end to unconditional offers

4th October 2018

At the risk of sounding like a ‘scratched record’, I cannot for the life of me understand why universities are so entrenched in their opposition to post qualification applications. Today’s headline in The Times expresses the frustration of many independent school Heads at the increasing trend of offering places to applicants through unconditional offers. The…

Equality of opportunity for all school aged children

10th September 2018

A few weeks ago, in a Guardian podcast, Melissa Benn (daughter of Tony Benn) put ‘the case for abolishing private schools’ in the UK. The thrust of her argument was not new. That equality of opportunity for all school aged children could not be achieved, she argued, whilst those with more money enjoyed the advantages…

Private schools are gaming the new GCSE system says Richard Cairns, Brighton College Headmaster, in a letter to The Sunday Times.

29th August 2018

He says that instead of doing the new ‘harder’ GCSEs, many independent schools have opted for the IGCSEs which are unregulated by Ofqual and which still include ‘discredited’ coursework. Mount House, like many other schools, has used a mixture of the new GCSEs and IGCSEs. We pick the courses that we think will bring the…

The headline in today’s Times

17th August 2018

The headline in today’s Times highlights only too well some issues that remain within our examination system. Michael Gove pushed through a return to linear A level examinations, with the intention that we would see an end to grade inflation and the perceived decline in standards. The removal of the modular examinations was seen as…