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Ampleforth College

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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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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Unusual sports

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

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Acting head

Deirdre Rowe MA is holding the fort after the resignation in August 2018 of Fr Wulstan. The college is quoted as saying 'The trustees of the school have agreed that the leadership of the school should revert to a lay person.' And a woman! - first ever in 200 years. Miss Rowe, previously associate head, has been at the college for some five years, two in charge of safeguarding. After gaining a masters in music from Trinity College Dublin, Miss Rowe has spent her entire career in Catholic education, including a spell as principal education officer for the diocese of Leeds. Her hobbies include cookery, walking, travel and Ignatian spirituality.

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...

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