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 Re-branded girls’ school going co-ed
Boys are to be admitted to a previously all-girls school, in a break with tradition stretching back more than a hundred years.
Matthew Burke
day school for this academic year, but from September 2018, boys will be admitted to the First Form (Year 7) and the Sixth Form.
This phased entry means all years will be fully co-educational by 2022.
More than £250,000 has been invested in Mount House in the past two months, including new music, drama and IT facilities, refurbished classrooms and the creation of a new café, which will be open to parents as well as to sixth formers.
St Martha’s Catholic School for Girls was founded by the Sisters of St Martha, in Hadley Wood, North London, in 1903. Now renamed and rebranded as Mount
Mount House School
Mount House School has formed a partnership with best-selling business author and lecturer Chantell Ilbury, to teach its sixth formers the kind of ingenuity and strategic thinking normally employed by high- ying entrepreneurs in the City.
The brainchild of strategic intelligence company mindofafox, of which Ilbury is a founding partner, ‘Growing Foxes’ combines individual and group exercises and app-based learning.
Headmaster Matthew Burke said: “It’s simply not enough these
days to send students out into
the workplace or university with a string of A-levels – however good the grades might be. They need
to have ‘thinking’ and decision- making skills and the ability to think about life and the future – both for themselves and for those with whom they come into contact.
“Our ‘Growing Foxes’ course is
a very exciting opportunity and something we believe will give our students a real advantage when they enter the big, wide world of further education and work.”
Ilbury, from South Africa, (pictured with students), works throughout the world, guiding companies
and other organisations through their strategic thinking and future planning.
House School – a reference to
the original historic house which stands on the site – the school has announced it will be taking in boys from September 2018.
Headmaster Matthew Burke said: “We have always considered ourselves to be a family school – yet the sons of our families have not been allowed to come here!
“The decision is part of our longer-term proposals to make the school much more inclusive and accessible to all.”
Following an amalgamation between the founding Sisters of St Martha and the Sisters of Charity of St Jeanne Antide two years ago, it was agreed the combined charity could no longer retain the trusteeship of the School.
Mount House were chosen in a competitive tender process and purchased the school in June. The new school opened its doors to pupils for the  rst time last month (September).
The school will continue to operate as an independent girls’
    Ingenuity and strategic thinking
 She is excited to be piloting
the course with Mount House School and said: “Mount House is a perfect  t for our approach to strategic thinking. We are impressed by the school’s focus on innovation and individual attention to learner skills.”
Mount House students all
complete the Extended Project Quali cation at the end of the  rst year of the 6th form and will use the skills that they have learned
on the Growing Foxes course to enhance their performance. They will also have their work assessed by mindofafox and receive a certi cate to show that they have successfully completed the course.
The school has also decided to bring in a ‘Skills for the Future’ programme that will be delivered across all the year groups from years 7 to 13. The course has been devised to ensure that all pupils get access to the skills that are in demand from universities and employers.
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