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Mount House School
Mount Tavy Road, PL19 9JL Tavistock
01822 612244

Welcome to the Mount House Preparatory School Prospectus

At Mount House Preparatory School, set in its own grounds overlooking the market town of Tavistock in Devon, we aim to provide your children with a modern education, which teaches them enduring values. Although The School has occupied its present site for over 50 years, continuous development has ensured that it has all the up-to-date equipment and learning aids essential for providing a top-class independent preparatory education. 

Mount House has first class academic, cultural and sporting facilities, and a dedicated team of highly qualified staff. We firmly believe that the fundamental attributes: kindness, curiosity, good manners, selfreliance, independence of thought and purposefulness are the real building blocks for later life. A child’s happiness and sense of security make up the plinth upon which all of these can stand. 

I hope this prospectus will give you a foretaste of what Mount House has to offer ­but it can only be a foretaste. We would be delighted to arrange a visit to The School for you, preferably during term time, so that you can see the way we work, and experience the atmosphere and spirit of The School for yourself.  I am sure you will sense the uniqueness of Mount House.

HEADMASTER: JAMES MASSEY - BSc Member of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools.


Most children enter the main part of The School in September following their seventh birthday, joining the First Form (Year 3), and leave at thirteen (end of Year 8).  The overall academic aim in the early years is to cover a broad syllabus which exceeds the demands of the national Curriculum and provides a firm foundation for achievement in the Fifth and Sixth Forms (Years 7 and 8). During these two final years, the syllabus is driven by the requirements of the Common Entrance and scholarship examinations to senior independent schools.

From the time they enter The School, all children study English, Mathematics, French, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Computing, Music, Art, Design and Technology and Physical Education, with Latin studied from Year 5. Classes are small (16 is the norm) and pupils are streamed from Year 5.

The School has an outstanding record in Common Entrance and, in recent years, one leaver in every four has won an award to their senior school, whether academic, music, art, CDT, sports or all-rounder.   Mount House children go on to attend a very wide range of public schools, and scholarships are recorded on the Honours Board, which is permanently on display in the School.

Progress & Reports

The progress of each individual child is carefully monitored at every stage through his or her school career, and there is regular recognition of both achievement and effort.Each form has a tutor, who is responsible for overseeing the academic, pastoral and extra curricular progress of the children in their care. Parents receive a half-termly orders and efforts sheet and a comprehensive report at the end of each term. There are yearly parent/staff meetings. In addition, parents have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress informally with the Headmaster and members of staff.


Every day begins with a short assembly, which normally includes a hymn, reading and prayers. Religious Studies are a part of the curriculum.

The Sunday Service is attended by all boarders and many day pupils, and parents and friends are encouraged to join us. The service is conducted by the Headmaster, singing is led by the robed Royal College of Church Music Chapel Choir, and heads of senior schools often attend as visiting preachers.


Mount House has a flourishing music department under the guidance of a Director of Music. The modern Music Centre has a main hall, seven individual tutor rooms each with a piano, choir room and an orchestral recording studio. Most of the children learn to play an instrument, and in many cases more than one. Many take the Associated Board examinations, and the more talented sit scholarships to their next schools. 

Orchestral groups, jazz, rock, drum bands and choirs are augmented by class music lessons covering singing, music appreciation, composition and instrumental work. Five separate choirs perform at regular concerts and recitals, both formal and informal. The Choirs sing in local churches, cathedrals and senior schools and lead the singing at our Sunday services.

Art & Design

Our well-equipped Design and Technology centre and our Art studios give the 
children the opportunity to express and develop their creative talents for design, drawing, painting, sculpture and pottery. Examples of children’s work are frequently displayed in the School and a number of our pupils continue their studies in these fields after their time at Mount House.

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