The College is set in the 20-acre grounds of a former Victorian monastery and comprises a range of well equipped craft workshops including a weavery, a forge, a woodwork shop, a bakery, a pottery, a training kitchen and gymnasium. A two-acre walled biodynamic garden provides much of the fruit and vegetables for the community, and five separate houses provide accommodation where students live alongside co-workers and their families. The community is home to some 65 people, including senior and volunteer co-workers, children and around 35 students with special needs. A range of specialist staff also work at The Mount on a daily basis. The Mount caters for students between the ages of 16 and 25.
The Mount is part of the Camphill Movement founded in 1940 by Dr. Karl Konig and based on the philosophical, educational and social principles of Rudolf Steiner (1861 -1925), the Austrian scientist, artist and philosopher.
Co-workers and students work together to manage and sustain the facilities and environment and this offers a real opportunity to develop skills for life through partnership and mutual support. The ethos of this intentional community is one of mutual care and recognition of the spiritual integrity of the individual.
The wide range of backgrounds of co-workers and students within the community creates the ambience of an inclusive multicultural environment.