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Ampleforth College

Ampleforth, York, YO62 4ER

Ampleforth College is the world’s foremost co-educational Catholic boarding and day school for students aged 11 to 18. An Ampleforth education is a “Compass for Life”. Set in a beautiful Yorkshire valley, we offer the breadth of opportunity for each...
Ampleforth College

Phone: 01439766000

Website: www.ampleforthcollege.org.uk

Head: Mr Robin Dyer

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Registrar Details:

Helen McKell
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Ampleforth College is the world’s foremost co-educational Catholic boarding and day school for students aged 11 to 18. An Ampleforth education is a “Compass for Life”. Set in a beautiful Yorkshire valley, we offer the breadth of opportunity for each student to discover and develop their interests and strengths. They learn how to think independently and have the confidence to lead, to work well with others and have the humility to serve.

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Notable Academic Facilities

Ampleforth promotes academic excellence by finding the best in every pupil. We encourage each student to realise their full academic potential, to have high expectations of themselves and to work hard to realise those ambitions in a supportive environment. This challenge is created by a full, comprehensive range of subjects, high calibre teaching and first-class facilities for learning. We pride ourselves on fostering a passion for learning in every student and bringing out the potential in each student. Our objective is to enrich and stretch learning at every available opportunity. Every student, regardless of ability, is challenged, supported and nurtured at all stages of their school career. We achieve academic excellence through building our students’ interest in the world around them, confidence to be curious and ask questions, and encouragement to be the best they can be. Our Academic Scholars are valued members of the school community. They are under the guidance of the Head of Academic Scholars who is responsible not only for their progress, but also ensuring they are stretched academically.

Wellbeing & Pastoral Care

There are currently nine boarding Houses at Ampleforth, three for girls, five for boys and a dedicated Junior House for Years 7 & 8. On arrival, all students join a House, which will become a central focus and important base for them during their time at the school. Each House is home to up to 70 students of all ages who live in a friendly and supportive atmosphere which is run by a Housemaster or Housemistress. Every House is named after a saint, and each has their own crest and school colours, nurturing students in a strong spirit of solidarity and loyalty. Day students are fully integrated into the life of the House and are allocated their own study space. They are able to stay overnight. A resident Housemaster or Housemistress and a team of House Tutors take part in the pastoral care of the House. In particular, a tutor is responsible for the academic progress of every student in a single House year-group. Tutors ensure that every student is correctly placed in subject sets and is studying the subjects that best suit his or her abilities and interests. They also monitor progress and liaise closely with parents. This watchful help will continue throughout the student's stay at the school and will extend to the choice of university and career. House Matrons also play an important part in the general pastoral care of students and liaising with the College Infirmary and keeping an eye on rooms and dormitories. The school expects a collectively assumed responsibility for civilised order and reasonable tidiness. The Houses are by no means exclusive communities. Sporting competition between the Houses is keen. The school's many activities and shared meals make school-wide communication easy, and friendships between students from different Houses naturally develop. Lessons, of course, are organised in year groups, which ensures that students have extensive daily contact with students from other Houses.

Advice For Parents

We advise early application but will consider applications at all stages where we have space in year groups

Typical Child

We have many different types of children at Ampleforth. Each individual’s unique talents are recognised and nurtured within a welcoming community rooted in Benedictine values. Ampleforth educates the whole person, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually, unlocking what they can contribute to the world and fulfilling their academic potential.

Highly Regarded For

Each individual’s unique talents are recognised and nurtured within a welcoming community rooted in Benedictine values. Ampleforth educates the whole person, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually, unlocking what they can contribute to the world and fulfilling their academic potential. Equipped with the skills and mindset needed to flourish, Amplefordians are inspired to be caring and thoughtful citizens who make the right decisions in life.

Notable Points

We aim to provide a culture and environment where individual talents and challenges are recognised and self-esteem nurtured so that all individuals will reach their full academic potential. Ampleforth offers support for students with specific learning difficulties, including those with an EHC plan and those with occasional problems with learning. This includes individual extra teaching to supplement work done in main subject classes. We support students within the curriculum by a combination of individual tuition, general academic counselling and the teaching of study-skills for specific problems. Students are normally seen individually, and in supervised study time rather than by withdrawal from other classes. Specific literacy problems are identified, then tackled using a structured, individualised approach. Prep Club is run by specialist teachers and provides supported prep to students needing subject assistance. Computer programmes and multi-sensory methods support keyboard skills, literacy and learning strategies. We can test students and if they qualify for exam access arrangements, target the specific areas of weakness that has led to the concession. Information which summarises strengths and weaknesses, defines problems and offers specific strategies and targets, is shared with academic and pastoral staff. The Department's rooms are available daily as a calm, supportive and welcoming environment for quiet study, and particularly for prep sessions each evening where help and advice is readily available.

Sector: Independent

Type: Senior School, Sixth Form

Day/Boarding: Boarding Only

Setting: Countryside

Total Pupils: 485

Ages Covered: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Gender: Co-ed

Religious Ethos: Roman Catholic

Opening Date: 1/1/1945

Sibling Policy: Yes

Financial Assistance: Music scholarship, Armed forces discount, Bursary, Sibling discount

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Entry Routes: 11+, 13+, UKiset, 16+

Selection: Academically Selective

Early Application: None

Languages: French, German, Spanish, Latin

Curriculum:

  • British
  • GCSE
  • A Level
  • Vocational qualifications

Recreational Space:
Extensive sports facilities on campus