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Ampleforth College

What says..

The Rule of St Benedict underpins everything that happens in the college and provides its pupils with what the school calls ‘a compass for life’, a spiritual direction finder enabling them to be true to themselves, knowing their place in the world, even in the bad times. Parents say that this touches deeply all pupils, even the ‘cool sporty ones’. The school has made headlines in the press over the last few years and with the Charity Commission removing safeguarding responsibilities from the trustees there is no end from the headlines in sight. However, a lot of parents have stayed very loyal...

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What the school says...

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 is 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.

Academic matters

Not a high-flyer in the league tables but, with a wide intake, the focus is on providing the opportunity for pupils to get the best results they can. Thirty-six per cent A*-A with A*-B at 65 per cent in 2019. The most popular subject choices are history and Christian theology, followed by mathematics, chemistry and biology, with good uptake in English and economics; results have been consistently good in these subjects as well as French,...

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