At Mount House every pupil matters. Their welfare is at the heart of every decision we make. This inclusive approach to pastoral care is a key contributor to our academic success.
Each pupil has a personal tutor, who is one of your primary links with the school, and stays in support of your child throughout their whole school career. They are also supported by our pastoral team, house system and caring ethos which encourages strong links between home and school.
The school is a confident community of pupils, teachers and parents who serve and support the education of the pupils with care and commitment. The last ISI inspection of the school rated the pastoral care to be ‘excellent’.
“Mount House educates the whole individual and provides challenging opportunities for all.” ISI 2017
The school’s pastoral system of small tutor groups is also highly effective in responding to both academic and pastoral issues as they arise. Pupils are well supported in every aspect of their development and have weekly meetings with personal tutors; at twice yearly review meetings involving pupils, parents, and tutors, targets are reviewed and agreed.
Your son or daughter will be assigned a personal tutor upon arrival at Mount House. This tutor will stay with your son or daughter throughout their whole school career, thus forging a strong bond with them. This is also your ‘first port of call’ if you have any queries or wish to pass on information. Also, if you feel that there is anything you wish to discuss, the personal tutor will be able to assist or point you in the right direction. The tutor/tutee relationship is strengthened as they meet weekly, and tutors are always on the end of an email or phone call.
Form Teachers are assigned to a different form group/year at the start of every academic year. This enables teachers to create better relationships will all the pupils at Mount House. This is another important string to the Mount House pastoral bow.
There are three heads of House and an overall Head Housemistress.
Every pupil and staff member at Mount House School is assigned a House. The House system is a long-standing institution that creates competition, promotes good work and behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the school together.
The pupils in the lower years have the benefit of the Lower Sixth Form Guardians. These act like the ‘buddy system’ for pupils in lower years. Their aim is to welcome boys and girls and help them to feel more comfortable and secure at Mount House. It will be a strong and friendly bond that provides a warm friendly face to see in the corridors and someone with whom they can be a friend or with whom they can share a worry. The Guardians are pupils from Lower Sixth Form (Year 12) who know how it feels to be new in a school. It is a voluntary programme that your son/daughter may join at the start of the year.
The Senior Leadership Team consists of; Mr Mullins, Principal; Miss Sidhu, Assistant Head; Mr Kerr, Deputy Head (Pastoral); Mr McCormick, Head of Sixth Form; Mrs Dolan, Finance Director, Mr Gutteridge, the Bursar and Ms Hillcoat-Hyde, Director of Sport and Extra-Curricular Activities. The Senior Leadership Team are always on hand to talk to the pupils and students or indeed be contacted by parents if the need arises.