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Mount St Mary's College
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Motto Sine Macula
Established 1842
Type Independent school
Religion Catholic
Headmaster Lawrence McKell
Chairman of Governors
Founder Fr Randal Lythgoe
Location Spinkhill
England England
Gender Coeducational
Preparatory School Barlborough Hall
Coordinates: 53°18′15″N 1°18′57″W / 53.3043°N 1.3158°W / 53.3043; -1.3158

Mount St Mary's College is a private (fee paying) English coeducational boarding school situated at Spinkhill, Derbyshire, near Sheffield, England. It is known colloquially as "The Mount". It was founded in its current form in 1842 by Fr Randal Lythgoe, the Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic religious order commonly known as the Jesuits. The current Headmaster is Mr. Lawrence McKell.

The pupils range in age from 11 to 18, educated from 3rd year to Upper 6. Each of these years are named after different stages of elementary skills: starting at Upper Elements (1st Year) to Figures, Rudiments, Grammar, Syntax, Poetry and Rhethoric (Upper 6). The school is the senior school to Barlborough Hall School, and the schools are closely linked, with Barlborough only about 4 miles away (by road).



The original College buildings were designed in 1840 by Joseph Hansom who also designed the Hansom cab. The girls' quarters, known as the Hopkins wing, were built ten years later and are named after the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, who once taught at the school. The school was a boys only school until the 1970s, when girls were admitted as day students. Girl boarders started in 1984, and remain until today. Old scholars of Mount St Mary's are known as 'Old Mountaineers'.

The block today known as New College was built between 1876 and 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.

Sports and Recreation

The school has an excellent rugby team and some of its older students have joining the England Rugby teams and played against Scotland, 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 a French Exchange with the school St.Michel in St.Etienne, France.

The school also features an in-door shooting range, and is involved with the CCF, with all students in Years 10 and 11 taking part in either the Army or (from 1984 onwards) RAF section in the Mount St. Mary's CCF. The school CCF had its own army regiment until 1986, where it is amalgamated into Sherwood Foresters regiment.

The school also does fund-raising events for the Chikuni Mission in Zambia: the connection is known as "Mwabuka", a Tonga word meaning "Good morning" or "You have arisen".

The move-away from the Society of Jesus

In September 2006, the constitution of the College and its preparatory school, Barlborough Hall, changed to that of a charitable company called "Mount St Mary's" whose board of Trustees forms the present governing body. The Society of Jesus formally transferred property of the schools, their capita, business and other assets to Mount St Mary's, so that, from a legal point of view, the schools are independent of the Society of Jesus.

Notable Mountaineers

Old Boys (or alumni) are known as "Mountaineers"


External links

Coordinates: 53°18′11″N 1°19′09″W / 53.3030°N 1.3191°W / 53.3030; -1.3191



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