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Ampleforth College

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In April 2021 the DfE lifted its ban on Ampleforth taking new pupils. An Ofsted inspection in March 2021 acknowledged the school's progress, 'some distance has been travelled' in addressing serious safeguarding issues, but states that the school still has a considerable way to go to meet national standards. Parents voiced support for current leadership and school's efforts to address outstanding issues of concern, but this is a work in progress and much remains to be done...

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Ampleforth College is a Catholic, Benedictine school situated in a beautiful valley below the North York Moors. Pastoral care and spiritual development are excellent. An Ampleforth education gives the young men and women in our care a Compass for Life.

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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2019, Robin Dyer, previously second master and operational head at Wellington College. He was the college's third headteacher in a year, following the resignations in August 2018 of Fr Wulstan and in March 2019 of acting head Deirdre Rowe, who stood down after an inspection found that the school is still failing to meet adequate child protection standards.


From over 80 prep schools, though top 20 or so annually and most others on a less regular basis. Ampleforth is working on extending links, particularly to London preps, now it is without St Martin’s Ampleforth, its own prep school. One main entry point now into year 7.

For 13+ entry, minimum 50 per cent score in Common Entrance or a school test, and reports and references from previous school. Exceptions 'for faith...

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