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Mount Kelly School

An independent co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 13-18 with a linked junior school

  • Headmaster: Mr Guy Ayling
  • Pupils: 590 – 55% boys 45% girls
  • Boarding fees: £34,110 per annum
  • A Level curriculum in the Sixth Form

About the School

If you have a particular love of the outdoors, have a sense of adventure and are keen to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way then Mount Kelly is the school for you. The school’s spectacular location assures a strong commitment to co-curricular activities; all pupils are encouraged to take part whether it be camping out on the moor, paddling a canoe, riding the waves on a surf board or enjoying an overnight sail in the school’s fifty foot pilot cutter ‘Olga’. All of this comes together to create the ‘Mount Kelly Spirit’ – an attitude to life running deep, one that allows pupils to really experience a life-defining educational experience.

With a high standard of academic schooling and a proven track record in public examination results over 85% of pupils gain places at their top choices of universities.

In 2019 13 pupils for whom English was not their first language took A Levels. Pupils from all over the world, including Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, China, Estonia and Georgia, sat 39 exams in 13 different subjects from Maths, Chemistry and Physics to Geography, English Literature and Music.

Mount Kelly is proud that these pupils achieved 100% pass rate in their examinations with 46% of their papers awarded A*- A and  72% A*-B.

The School has an internationally recognised coaching facility for swimming with a 4 lane 25m pool and an 8 lane 50m pool and has had alumni at the last five Olympic and Paralympic games. In 2020 Mount Kelly won the prestigious Arena League confirming their place as the top school for swimming in the UK. All swimmers board and are taught alongside their contemporaries.

The College Chamber Choir is the flagship ensemble of the School.  The group perform a wide range of challenging music from all periods and in a huge variety of styles, but mostly a cappella. They won the Barnardo’s School Choir of the Year Competition in London in 2020 and compete internationally every year.

The success of both swimmers and singers creates a culture in which the level of commitment and dedication required to excel are not considered out of the ordinary but are qualities to which everyone can aspire.

The School was selected as a finalist for the Independent School Parent Magazine’s Independent School of the Year Award in 2019 and this year is a finalist in the Performing Arts category.

Staff and Student Quotes

Mount Kelly offers a safe and secure environment for our international pupils to embed their values, to grow and develop their skills and to prepare for entry to UK and overseas universities and the global market place.

Mr. Guy Ayling

I never really thought about singing but some of the other girls persuaded me to audition for the Chamber Choir and now I love it. I have sung in the Royal Festival Hall in London it was so cool, my mother even came from Moscow to watch.

Year 10 student from Russia

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