Mount Kelly is a co educational school with pupils from aged 3-18. The College within Mount Kelly takes pupils from ages 13-18. Boarding is available at the School from Year 3 (Age 7-8 upwards).
At Mount Kelly they believe that a broad range of extra-curricular opportunities is a fundamental part of school life.
They actively encourage children to partake in a good selection of activities to ensure a range of skills are being developed. Pupils are encouraged to pursue their interests and follow their passions by taking up the many extra-curricular activities on offer. Their extra-curricular programme is fundamental to life at Mount Kelly as they firmly believe this enriches and broadens the educational opportunities open to their boys and girls and take place before, during and after School.
The activities at Mount Kelly are carefully chosen to complement the core academic curriculum, but also to make the most of the spectacular local environment. The extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities at Mount Kelly include drama, music, art, sports, Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh, journalism, debating and public speaking. In addition to these we also participate in a number of excellent local opportunities including the Ten Tors Challenge and the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race.
Mount Kelly provides a teaching programme of English Language support to enable pupils to work effectively towards their GCSE or A-level examinations and the College prepares them for EAL examinations such as Cambridge English: First (FCE); the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE); the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE); and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. EAL tuition is conducted on a one-to-one or very small group basis with each pupil’s needs individually assessed.
The College has over 330 pupils with an almost equal split between boys and girls and approximately 22% of the pupils at the College are international pupils, over 185 of the pupils at the College are Boarders.
Academically, the College offers; GCSE, A Level, BTEC qualifications & a Pre A Level Course . Mount Kelly also has a performance swimming programme which attracts high performance swimmers from several countries.
Boarding can be challenging, hectic but great fun, and provides unique opportunities to develop independence, inter-independence, moral leadership and rich friendships that will last a lifetime. The breadth and depth of the boarding experience and the skills and behaviours developed are outstanding complements to the intellectual curiosity that is nurtured throughout the school day.
Most significantly, boarding allows the Mount Kelly Values to be firmly embedded in the behaviours and attitudes of boarders and staff.
Their goal is to develop empowered and emotionally secure young people with the ability to manage the demands of modern life.
They believe that spiritual, moral, cultural and social values are ‘caught rather than taught’ and fundamental to the development of these values is the quality of day to day relationships.
All Staff contribute simply by the way they interact with pupils during lessons, but certain subjects, such as Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) and Personal Social and Health Education (PHSE), including relationship, health, and sex education (RHSE) and Online Safety, have a particular contribution to make. In addition, there are several staff with a pastoral remit, including Housemasters/Mistresses, the School Nurse, the Head of PSHE, the Deputy Head, as well as a personal Tutor who guides and assists the Tutee to prepare them in diverse ways for the ‘outside world’. Strong relationships are the bedrock of pastoral care at Mount Kelly.
The moral, spiritual, social and cultural development of each pupil is not something which can be achieved by curriculum organisation or prescription. It is an erratic, unpredictable and long term goal, and the effects of even the most sensitive moral instruction may be different from those intended. Evaluation in terms of outcomes is difficult, but we feel that the character and quality of the young people we produce is testament to our success in realising these lofty ambitions.