Mount St. Mary’s College
A Catholic School in the Jesuit tradition, open to children of all denominations.
Founded in 1842, Mount St Mary’s, alongside its preparatory school, Barlborough Hall, is a thriving community of nearly 550 students aged 3-18. The schools are located in two country villages in north Derbyshire, ten miles to the south of Sheffield, eight miles northeast of Chesterfield, two minutes from Junction 30 of the M1 and only two hours by train from London and 90 minutes from Birmingham.
Life as a boarder
En-suite accommodation is found in the boarding houses, which fall under the care of resident house staff who strive to provide the safest and most joyful environment possible. Boarding staff maintain regular contact with families to ensure that new boarders are settling in without any issues. Activities and outings are organised during the school week and weekend.
Parents choose Mount St Mary’s because of the emphasis the School places on individual development. Mount St Mary’s encourages pupils of all abilities to reach their full potential and achieves outstanding results, with pupils leaving for prestigious universities such as Oxford.
The College has excellent facilities and has made substantial investment in recent years to meet the demands and challenges of the future. Facilities include a sports centre, all-weather athletics track, music school and refurbished theatre, along with an Art and Design Centre, music studio, chaplaincy and Sixth Form Centre.
Drama, music and sport
Standards for music and drama are extremely high. Four major drama productions are staged each year. The music and drama departments also co-produce a whole-school musical. Many pupils play an instrument and the local community and region at large recognises the exceptionally musical achievements at the College. A number of pupils are members of national organisations such as the National Youth Orchestra, while several choral and instrumental ensembles have enjoyed success in national competitions such as the National Festival of Music for Youth, as well as local festivals. Last year the department completed a successful Music Tour to Barcelona.
Sport warrants a similar amount of recognition as music and drama. The girls compete at the top level in hockey, netball and tennis, while boys 1st XV rugby has been very successful in recent seasons and prominent in national competitions, both at 15-a-side and sevens. The College’s prestigious grade A athletics enables pupils to train to a high level.
The school offers over 50 activities, from photography, astronomy and fencing, to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Combined Cadet Force is compulsory in Year 10, where the option to join either the army or RAF section is available. Many opt to continue as cadets in the senior years.