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‘I have a power shower!’ exclaimed one girl proudly. Home from home, clearly, and it matters, especially to the girls. Some girls’ houses have nominated ‘guardian angels’ as peer mentors; varying approach across individual houses. A key change in recent times is that of the deployment of monastic personnel - fewer monks and they no longer perform the role of housemasters. This role has been taken over by families who serve as houseparents – ‘very civilising’ was the comment. Monks now act as...

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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 December 2016, Fr Wulstan Peterburs OSB BA PhD, who was previously interim head from June 2016. Fr Wulstan first taught in the school in 1994 as a lay teacher of Christian theology and history, entering the monastery in 1998. He was subsequently head of Christian theology and housemaster before being appointed as procurator of Ampleforth Abbey and College in 2010.

Academic matters

Top of the Catholic league but proud of non-elitist intake – from A stream scholars to IQs around 100, who get extra help with English and maths. Ninety per cent of the slowest workers get three A levels, which bears out the college's mission statement – an extract from the Rule of St Benedict: 'the strong should have something to strive for and the weak nothing to run from'. Determined to stress academic...

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