Mount St Mary's College
Entrance to Mount St. Mary's College
Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
(For The Greater Glory of God)
|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|Founder||Fr Randal Lythgoe SJ|
|DfE URN||113010 Tables|
|Houses||Campion, Claver, Southwell.|
|Colours||Red, Yellow, Green.|
|Preparatory School||Barlborough Hall|
|Former pupils||Old Mountaineers (OMs)|
|Registered Charity No.||1117998|
|Hours In School Day||8:30 am – 4:30 pm;
5:45 pm Leave optional for after school activities.
|Prefect of Studies||Toby Leadbetter|
Mount St Mary's College is an independent coeducational day and boarding school situated at Spinkhill, Derbyshire, near Sheffield, England. It was founded in 1842 as "The College of the Immaculate Conception at Spinkhill" by Fr Randal Lythgoe, the Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus (better known as the Jesuits), and is still under the trusteeship of the Society. Although most teaching staff are lay members the school still retains its Catholic ethos and values.
The Jesuit Mission to England began in 1580 with the secret arrival of Robert Persons, Edmund Campion, and Ralph Emerson. After Campion’s arrest the following year, Persons slipped back to the European mainland where he spent most of the rest of his life preparing others for the Jesuit mission to England. One of the first things he did was to set up a school for the education of English boys who had no hope of receiving a Catholic education in their own country.
Many of its students went on to become priests, returning to England to work, and sometimes to give their lives, for their faith. In England itself there were several clandestine schools, one of them at Stanley Grange in Derbyshire. When this school was discovered and dispersed by the authorities, it did not cease to exist, and there is strong evidence to suggest that, for a time, it found a home here at Spinkhill. Spinkhill had been a centre of Jesuit activity from the very earliest times, and it is almost certain that Persons and perhaps even Campion, spent some time here.
The Jesuit English Province was organized territorially into a number of "colleges", the North Midlands area being designated the college of the Immaculate Conception. In 1842 it was decided to found a school here in the hamlet of Spinkhill, a property of the Pole family and that school was designated "The College of the Immaculate Conception at Spinkhill" after the nearby parish church. The founder of the College was Rev. Randall Lythgoe SJ Provincial of the Society of Jesus in England.
The College buildings date, in part, from the 16th and 17th centuries, the Sodality Chapel being the earliest remaining building. The Jesuits had a college at Holbeck Woodhouse, near Welbeck, which was raided by the soldiers of Charles II and the furnishings were brought to Spinkhill. Joseph Hansom, an architect and inventor of the Hansom Cab, built the first College buildings in 1840. The Hopkins wing (girls) was constructed a little later, in 1850, and the New College was begun in 1876 and completed in 1912. The school chapel, designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott, was completed in 1924 as a memorial to those former pupils killed in World War I. In the atrium to the chapel can be seen more than 100 names of former pupils of the school killed in the Second Boer War, World War I, and World War II.
In 1939 Barlborough Hall, an Elizabethan manor some two miles from Spinkhill, was acquired to serve as a preparatory school to the Mount.
The school was a boys-only school until the 1970s, when girls were admitted as day students. Girls were allowed to board in 1984.
In September 2006, the constitution of the College and its preparatory school, Barlborough Hall, changed to that of a charitable trust called Mount St Mary's whose board of Trustees forms the present governing body. The Society of Jesus formally transferred property of the two schools, their capital, business and other assets to this trust. While legally separate from the Society, the College still maintains its Jesuit traditions and ethos.
Each of the school years are named after different stages of elementary skills:
- Upper Elements (Year 7)
- Figures (Year 8)
- Rudiments (Year 9)
- Grammar (Year 10)
- Syntax (Year 11)
- Poetry (Lower Sixth—Year 12)
- Rhetoric (Higher Sixth—Year 13)
Each year is now individually monitored and supported by a 'Head of Line'.
For each year, there are three forms and each form applies to one of the schools houses.
- 7CLA (Year 7, House Claver)
- 7SOU (Year 7, House Southwell)
- 7CAM (Year 7, House Campion)
Sports and recreation
The school excels in sports, especially rugby, and some of its older students have joined the England Rugby teams along with Scotland, Ireland, Italy and many other countries. The school has had exchanges in the past with Notre Dame St Sigisbert in Nancy, France as well as Joan 23 which is in Barcelona. In 2009, the school began an exchange with the school St. Michel in Saint-Étienne, France.
The school also features an in-door shooting range, and is involved with the Combined Cadet Forces (CCF), with all students in Years 10 and 11 taking part in either the Army or (from 1984 onwards) RAF section. The school CCF had its own army regiment until 1986, when it was amalgamated into the Sherwood Foresters regiment.
Music and drama are also of an extremely high calibre with the departments joining together to put on large shows. In November 2012 it was Me and My Girl.
The Mount's new art department combining design and technology, fashion, fine art, and photography makes this subject a popular choice with pupils.
Extra-curricular activities are a central part of the school's ethos of supporting a well rounded education and activities include: Shooting, Airfix Club, Choirs, Sports Groups, Duke of Edinburgh, Young Enterprise, Debating, Textiles, Creative Writing, Fencing, Clay Model Animation Club and many more.
Along with a Grade 1 Olympic Athletics track, there are nine rugby pitches, three cricket squares, an astro-turf, two sports halls and a leisure centre with indoor swimming pool, cardio room and two weights rooms. The latter is also open to the general public for use at specific times.
Sixth Formers now have a dedicated Sixth Form Centre for individual study and relaxing, bridging the gap between school and university. A new teaching and learning programme also supports and develops individual learning along with an enrichment programme of well-known outside speakers that encourages Sixth Formers to realise their ambitions.
There are boarding facilities with additional houses to accommodate the increase in boarders at the school and opportunities to try out various activities in the local area on the weekend.
The school also has various other facilities open to all pupils;
- ICT Suites
- Learning Resources Centre
- Swimming pool
- Indoor gym for team games
- Gyms for fitness training
- A floodlit outdoor all weather playing surface
- School grounds and pitches
- Four school common rooms
- Tuck shop available to all years
- Music practice rooms
- As well as many classrooms for student learning and dedicated subject departments.
- Infirmary: 8 am – 7 pm weekdays, otherwise 24/7 "on call"
Old boys (or alumni) are known as "Mountaineers".
- Sir Diarmaid Conroy, former President of Industrial Tribunals for England and Wales
- Sir Denis Henry, 1st Baronet, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
- Gerard Manley Hopkins, poet, taught at the school
- Hugh Lofting, author, creator of Doctor Dolittle (attended the College 1894–1904)
- Sir Martin Melvin, 1st Baronet
- Francis Petre, New Zealand architect
- Carlos Reygadas, film director
- Sir David Rose, former Governor-General of Guyana
- John Wheatley, Lord Wheatley
- Mount St. Mary's Spiritual Life
- Barlborough Hall site
- Mount St. Mary's College Academic Life p.10
- Mount St. Mary's College Academic Life p.19
- Mount St. Mary's College Academic Life p.10
- MSM - SPORT "MSM - SPORT", Mount St Mary's College, Retrieved on 19 April 2013.
- MSM - CCF (RAF&ARMY) "MSM - CCF (RAF&ARMY)", Mount St Mary's College, Retrieved on 19 April 2013.
- MSM - DRAMA "MSM - DRAMA", Mount St Mary's College, Retrieved on 19 April 2013.
- MSM - EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES "MSM - EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES", Mount St Mary's College, Retrieved on 19 April 2013.
- MSM - Pastoral Care - Facilities "MSM - Pastoral Care - Facilities", Mount St Mary's College, Retrieved on 19 April 2013.
- MSM - Health Care "MSM - Health Care", Mount St Mary's College, Retrieved on 19 April 2013.
- National Portrait Gallery Collection
- Mount St Mary's College
- Profile on the Independent Schools Council website
- Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection Reports
- Charity Overview (Registered Charity No.)