Academic

We are very proud of the consistently strong public examination results achieved by our pupils, demonstrating clearly that a key priority at Mount Kelly is the fulfilment of academic potential. We combine high expectations with accurate monitoring of progress, carefully considered enrichment activities and individually tailored support to ensure that every child, across the ability range, meets and often exceeds those expectations.

In Years 7 and 8 our pupils study at the Prep and build upon the Common Entrance curriculum which is enriched and extended to encourage debate, critical thinking and the exploration of new ideas. A key focus in Year 9 is to instil good work habits that will provide a strong foundation from which to progress to GCSE.

We believe that A Levels provide the most effective route for our pupils to study at the top universities in the country. Expert support from a dedicated team of staff eases the application process to university and the majority of our pupils are accepted by their first choice institution.

The academic curriculum is strengthened and broadened by a programme of lectures, off site excursions, links with Plymouth and Exeter Universities and the opportunity to study the Extended Project Qualification. The importance of independent learning is fundamental to teaching styles throughout the School. However, in the Sixth Form, increasing independence is encouraged and the pupils learn to work autonomously whilst enjoying the safety net provided by dedicated academic staff and unrivalled pastoral care.

Academic success is central to, but only a part of, the whole picture. The stretch and challenge within the class room is augmented by our extensive co-curricular provision. Within the Sixth Form our pupils continually astound us with their capacity to achieve academically while also demonstrating the commitment to excel in such a challenging schedule of events that includes the Ten Tors Challenge, the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon, the Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

At Mount Kelly we have dedicated Sixth Form Boarding Houses and a Sixth Form Centre where pupils can study, relax or socialise. Our Head of Sixth Form, Miss Callard is always available to advise and assist with career choices and university applications and she is well supported by a team of dedicated Sixth Form Tutors.


The Plum Society

The Plum Society is named after the head master here in the early twentieth century - Mr HV Plum (1911 to 1926). It is the umbrella term to cover all the activities aimed at the more academically-minded pupils in Years 9 and 10. Membership is open to pupils who express an interest in taking on unusual tasks, engaging in activities and competitions, or joining in discussions and debates that are not linked to the formal curriculum but which broadly stretch and challenge the pupils.

Pupils have addressed the school in assembly, created a film for the Bank of England’s competition (see below), and read Machiavelli’s 'The Prince'. Amongst the events planned for this term is a trip to Oxford and participation in the Schools Challenge inter-school quiz.


Independence - Plum Society Film

The Plum Society accepted a challenge from the Bank of England to produce a short film on the theme of ‘Independence’. This nationwide initiative marked the 20th anniversary of the Bank’s independence from direct government control.  In just ten days, four Year 9 pupils produced an excellent video reflecting on the nature of independence.