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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking History at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking German at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking German at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Italian at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Spanish at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking German at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Italian at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking French at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)

Other features

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.

Sports

Unusual sports

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

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2016, Fr Wulstan Peterburs OSB BA PhD (early 50s). Studied theology at Durham and first taught in the school in 1994 as a lay teacher of Christian theology and history. He entered the monastery in 1998 and was subsequently head of Christian theology and St John’s housemaster before being appointed as procurator of Ampleforth Abbey and College in 2010. Appointed interim head in June 2016 and permanent appointment from September that year.

Parents feel that the previous, one and only lay head improved the academics and Father Wulstan has made this one of his priorities. Has created the new post of assistant head academic development, who is working on a programme of experiences for scholars that will ‘push them beyond the curriculum’ - higher level thinking skill workshops, external...

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