Pupils in the Junior School of The Mount School York have achieved 100% Distinctions in national examinations for performing arts. This is the fifth year in a row that every Mount Junior pupils taking LAMDA exams has earned a Distinction.
14th June 2019 — Pupils in the Junior School of The Mount School York have achieved 100% Distinctions in national examinations for performing arts.
The all-girl Quaker school has achieved 100% Distinctions for the fifth year in a row with all pupils taking the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) examinations. The Mount Junior School actually has achieved this feat in LAMDA examinations in seven of the past eight years.
Rachel Capper, Head of The Mount Junior School, said today, “I am delighted that the girls’ exceptional skills and hard work are being acknowledged with these fantastic results. This year we have seen the girls’ commitment and enthusiasm for performing arts, which is nurtured by their LAMDA training, has beautifully transferred to their school productions. They were wonderful in the whole school production of A Night At The Musicals and their energetic performance of The Mystery At Magpie Manor sparked a most brilliant comedy, which is the hardest genre to perform successfully.”
Rachel Lavell, who teaches Speech and Drama at The Mount and has drawn many Distinction-worthy performances from pupils over the past decade, said, “The girls are part of every element of the development process for their performance pieces. They all work together as a group on the materials they are given, and they produce their own piece, incorporating various interesting and quirky ideas. In this way, they ‘own’ the piece, and they have made me really proud.”
Molly in Year 4 said, “I used to get really nervous before going into examinations, but the examiner was very friendly and really chatty and now I’m not nervous any more in exams. I was able to relax and just really enjoy it and I think everyone else did as well.”
“There are so many benefits from the LAMDA programme,” adds Rachel Capper. “For instance two of our Year 6 girls, Ellie and Lucy, have entered the York Public Speaking Competition. I had the pleasure of hearing them rehearse. They spoke very clearly and thoughtfully. When I complimented the girls on their delivery, they told me, “We know it is the first and last time that people will hear what we have to say, so we have to give them time to take it all in.” This is the kind of confidence and level of skill nurtured by our entire Junior School staff and the LAMDA programme.”
In Senior School, for girls from age 11-18 years, 100% of Mount girls taking the LAMDA Gold Medal examination also earned Distinctions.
The Mount School is investing in an exciting new performing arts complex which is due to break ground over the Summer holidays.
Pupils from The Mount School in York welcomed British Triple Jumper Laura Samuel to the school this month. Commonwealth Games silver medallist Laura, who works with CIC Sports for Champions, visited the children of The Mount School to inspire students to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
3rd May 2019 — Pupils from The Mount School in York welcomed British Triple Jumper Laura Samuel to the school this month. Commonwealth Games silver medallist Laura, who works with CIC Sports for Champions, visited the children of The Mount School to inspire students to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Laura led the visit by delivering a motivational talk, discussing their personal journey into sport and the obstacles they overcame, the benefits of exercise at any level and good nutrition and the physical and mental rewards of being fit and active. Pupils were encouraged to ask her any questions about her professional career, her top sporting tips, how they themselves can become more active and the benefits it can bring.
“It was great to see the kids so excited and engaged!”, Laura said following their visit, “Whether children are looking to start a new sport for fun or thinking of taking a chance on their dreams and taking their discipline to the next level, everyone can reap the benefits of exercise.”
Following their inspirational talk, Laura lead the whole school in a circuits class to show the pupils how anyone – no matter what their current fitness levels – can take that first step and achieve their goals. Finally, she gave a demonstration of their top sporting abilities, and brought medals to show the pupils.
The NHS reports that 10% of children of Reception age were classified as obese, which doubled to 20% by the end of primary school; and 84% of children do not eat the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day*.
Richard O’Hara, Sports Liaison Representative at Sports for Champions, comments: “With childhood obesity on the rise, there’s never been a more important time to take action and inspire young people to lead a healthy lifestyle. Children today face a barrage of obstacles – from convenience food to the constant temptation of screens – which prevents them from being able to undertake and enjoy regular exercise.”
Sports for Champions’ mission is to visit every school in the UK with their team of professional athletes to inspire children to lead a healthy lifestyle. All athletes are unsponsored, with schools fundraising for both their athlete’s visit and to invest in more sporting equipment.
Emma Howell, Head at Physical Education at The Mount School, adds: “It was wonderful to welcome Laura to The Mount. The children had already benefitted from the feeling of achievement of hard work and dedication after putting their heads together to fundraise, and we were delighted to see how they left the visit feeling energised about healthy living.”
"It was very interesting to listen to Laura this morning when she was telling us about becoming a triple jump champion," said Amelia in Year 4. "I also really enjoyed the challenges she set us in circuits. It's great seeing how real athletes train."
Notes to Editors:
1. Sports for Champions is a Community Interest Company, aiming to work with the athletes of today to inspire the champions of tomorrow. The company works to arrange athlete visits in schools to inspire children to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle in an age where increased technology and junk food availability have led to growing levels of childhood obesity and inactivity.
2. As well as working to help children in schools, Sports for Champions also helps the athletes they work with. From grass roots to Olympic competitors, all athletes represented by the company are unsponsored and are therefore supported financially and provided with a publicity platform through their school, club and business visits.
*In 2016/17, 1 in 5 children in Year 6 and 1 in 10 children in Reception were classified as obese. In 2016, 16 per cent of children consumed 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet – England, 2018 [PAS], National Statistics.
SES Engineering Services help Yorkshire schoolgirls glide to STEM success
SES Engineering Services helps Yorkshire schoolgirls
21st February 2019 — SES Engineering Services helps Yorkshire schoolgirls glide to success in The Mount School York's 6th annual SES Hovercraft Day
National engineering specialist SES Engineering Services (SES) and The Mount School in York successfully hosted their 6th annual Hovercraft Day challenge on Tuesday (19th February), which aims to inspire young girls to become the next generation of female engineers.
The challenge invited more than 80 Year 6 girls from six local schools to design and build their own hovercrafts, before racing their creations in a knock-out tournament to determine the overall champion.
The students worked together in teams, alongside teaching staff and engineering PHD students from York University, to create fully-functioning hovercrafts powered by a leaf blower engine and capable of carrying one ‘pilot’ from each team along a short racing track.
At the end of the workshop, the hovercraft designs were judged by Rachel Schofield, SES’ Business Unit Co-ordinator – North and following a thrilling race, the team from St Paul’s was presented with the winners’ trophy (pictured).
Rachel commented: “The skills gap that is affecting the industry as a whole is even wider for women and we need to do everything we can to introduce more young girls to an engineering career.
“Many have preconceptions of what engineering means, without realising the scope for creativity and innovation that it brings. Initiatives like our Hovercraft Day are proven to help encourage young girls to consider STEM subjects later on and it was fantastic to see so many talented and creative girls rise to the challenge.”
The leading engineering specialist has sponsored the event since its inception in 2013, which has seen over 520 girls take part so far and has been strongly supported by York MP and Shadow Minister for Transport, Rachael Maskell. This year, places were filled within three hours, proving the popularity of the event, with many previous attendees now studying STEM subjects at A-Level.
Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central and Shadow Minister for Transport, said of the event: “Every year this event becomes more popular and I’m pleased to see that SES and The Mount School continue to take the lead in encouraging the next generation of female engineers.
“Engineering is a vastly diverse and rewarding sector and we desperately need more young people, particularly women, to pursue careers in this field. Sparking an interest in engineering from an early age is our best route to ensuring we have the skills in place to deliver future projects which will be so vital to supporting our economy.”
Adrienne Richmond, principal at The Mount School York, said: "Spaces for our sixth Hovercraft Day filled within hours, showing the clear demand for events that give girls the opportunity to develop important skills such as leadership and communication. Most importantly, they can learn from female engineering role models like Rachel from SES, and PHD students who show that there is a real place for women in the engineering and science communities.
“As a girls' school, The Mount provides an excellent educational setting for our students to thrive in STEM studies. For many girls attending SES’ Hovercraft Day, it's their first time to learn in an all-girl setting and it's wonderful, year on year, to watch their self-confidence grow throughout the day. We are so grateful to SES, York University and our local schools for their support in making this day a success and look forward to this event becoming even bigger and better in the future.”
Participating schools included Lord Deramore’s, The Mount Junior, Acomb Primary, St. Wilfrid’s RC Primary, The Minster School and St. Paul’s Primary.
Mount Junior Teacher Honoured in National Celebration of Teaching
Jan Wilson of The Mount School York wins a Silver Teaching Award in the category, The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
22nd June 2018 — Selected from thousands of nominations, Jan is one of just 65 winners who will be celebrated today on 22nd June - ‘Thank A Teacher Day’, as the national Teaching Awards marks its 20th year of celebrating excellence in education. Celebrations will take place in schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland as the prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Awards trophies are presented to outstanding teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers.
Silver Award winner Jan was surprised with the news during an assembly this morning. “It goes without saying that it is an honour to win this award and a very humbling experience. I was certainly surprised! The joyful cheers from the children as the news sunk in was just fantastic. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with supportive colleagues who seek to nurture in our pupils that greatest and most powerful of things: an enthusiastic child with an enquiring mind. I have been extremely fortunate to work with some of the most of the most fantastic fantastic enquiring young minds over my career at The Mount School, who continue to inspire me each and every day.”
Adrienne Richmond, Principal of The Mount School York adds, “I am delighted for Jan. To be selected from the thousands of teachers to win a silver award is an achievement that is thoroughly deserved. Jan inspires children, parents and colleagues with her passion and dedication for educating young children. She is a creative person who works tirelessly to provide children with opportunities and experiences in the classroom and beyond. Her energy is boundless and her personality infectious.”
The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.
Jan will now join fellow Silver Award winners, along with 3 Scottish Education Award winners and 3 winners of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, at the 20th UK Ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards, a glittering ceremony held in central London on 21st October. There they will find out which of them has won one of just 12 Gold Plato Awards, the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”.
The October ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education. Previous award presenters have included former prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, acting legends Jenny Agutter, Alison Steadman and Sheila Hancock and sports and TV personalities including Shirley Ballas, Helen Glover, Brendan Cole and Nadiya Hussain.
Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “The best we can do is to pass on to children all that we know and love and mean every word. I think above all else, a teacher should be a friend, and that’s not an easy thing to do when there are 35 children out there. With these awards we are shining a light on these inspirational individuals whose efforts and commitment so often go uncelebrated.”
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: "A huge congratulations to all those receiving a silver trophy today. They should feel extremely proud of their achievements and join an inspirational group of Teaching Award winners from the past two decades. It’s an honour for Pearson to support these Awards each year - it’s so vital to recognise and celebrate those in the teaching profession, for their commitment to education and for the impact they have on young people's lives.“
The list of winners will be published at 5pm on Friday 22nd June.
For more information, or to arrange interviews please contact Mary Palmer on 07976 124 929, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com www.teachingawards.com
Jan Wilson’s enthusiasm for teaching is reflected every day on the smiling faces of her pupils. She inspires children, parents and colleagues with her passion to educating young children. She is a very creative person who works tirelessly and selflessly to provide children with opportunities and experiences in the classroom and beyond helping them to develop and grow to become confident, independent, and learned individuals.
Jan has taught at The Mount School York for 26 years and during this time has contributed to all aspects of School life from teaching Nursery to working in the boarding house, to leading Forest School and outdoor learning. Jan has made a massive contribution to the Performing Arts, producing spectacular performances for pupils from the age of 3 to 18. The productions are a fantastic culmination of Jan’s creativity and her ability to inspire and motivate all pupils and giving them the confidence to perform.
Mount Junior School teacher shortlisted for prestigious national awards
Jan Wilson, teacher at York's The Mount Junior School, has been shortlisted in this year’s national Pearson Teaching Awards. Jan inspires children, parents and colleagues with her passion and dedication to educating young children.
10th May 2018 — Jan Wilson, Junior School Class teacher at The Mount Junior School in York, has been shortlisted in this year’s national Pearson Teaching Awards.
The awards are in their 20th year and celebrate exceptional teachers. They were founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam and recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.
Entries for teachers, lecturers, teaching assistants and heads came from across schools and colleges in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The entries have been shortlisted to 69 nominees are across 12 categories
Jan Wilson has been shortlisted from thousands to the final eight in the ‘Teacher of the year in a primary school’ category.
Jan has taught at The Mount School York for 26 years and during this time has contributed to all aspects of life in the Quaker school, from teaching Nursery to working in the boarding house, to leading Forest School and outdoor learning to introducing the use of technology and iPads into her classroom. She has made a massive contribution to the Performing Arts producing spectacular performances for pupils from the age of 3 to 18. Highlights have included Oliver, The Lion King and The Wizard of Oz.
Jan, who was anonymously nominated will now be visited by a judging panel who will observe her teaching and meet with parents and staff at The Mount Junior School York. Silver winners will be announced on Thank a Teacher Day on Friday 22 June. These winners will attend a celebratory tea at the House of Commons in London.
Rachel Capper, Head of The Mount Junior School congratulates Jan on her shortlisting, saying: “I am delighted for Jan. To be selected from the thousands of teachers nominated to the final 8 is a fantastic achievement that is thoroughly deserved. Jan inspires children, parents and colleagues with her passion and dedication to educating young children. She is a creative person who works tirelessly to provide children with opportunities and experiences in the classroom and beyond. We are looking forward to the judges visiting the School and witnessing Jan’s enthusiasm and dedication in action.”
A parent from The Mount Junior School adds: “Jan Wilson is a dedicated, caring and passionate teacher. Her enthusiasm for teaching is reflected every day on the smiling faces of her pupils. We wish her the best of luck at the awards.”
Jan said of the announcement, "It goes without saying that it is an honour to be nominated and to have reached the final eight candidates is a very humbling experience. Throughout my career I have had the privilege of working with supportive colleagues who seek to nurture in our pupils that greatest and most powerful of things: an enthusiastic child with an enquiring mind."
The ultimate winners of each category will be awarded with a gold Plato award, known as the Oscars for teachers, this autumn.
That celebration will take place on October 21 in London and will be televised by the BBC on October 28.
For more information visit www.mountschoolyork.co.uk or www.teachingawards.com
The Mount Junior Celebrates 100% LAMDA Distinctions
Pupils at The Mount Junior School have achieved 100% Distinctions in examinations with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
27th April 2018 — Congratulations to our Speech and Drama pupils in Junior School, Year 7 and Year 9 for achieving 100% Distinctions in their annual LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) exams.
Even though The Mount is not a specialist performing arts school, pupils in the Junior and Senior School achieve 100% Distinctions with steady consistency.
Speech and Drama teacher, Rachel Lavell, said, "I am so proud of the pupils, particularly those in the Junior School who worked really hard all year on their pieces. This wonderful result chimes with the amount of effort they put in and I am sure their families are proud of them too."
Rachel Capper, Head of The Mount Junior School, said, “We have a very unique environment here at The Mount Junior School, where our Quaker ethos fosters the pupils’ self-belief and sensitivity to others. While our school community is known for its tolerance and diversity, this also means that our pupils know their voice is valued and that they can make a difference. When young people have that level of unassuming confidence, their creativity knows no limits. I am very proud of the children’s achievement; 100% Distinctions in LAMDA results is truly outstanding. Congratulations also go to Mrs Lavell, who seems to repeat this incredible stunt every year.”
The Junior School is currently working on their next production, "It's Time!" which they will perform on Friday 18th of March at 6.30pm.
Places are limited in our busy Pre-School. Parents are encouraged to get in touch early to avoid disappointment. For places in Junior School, please contact our Admissions officer, Jane Wilson.