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Ampleforth College

Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, England

Ampleforth College, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Ampleforth College

Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, England


Ampleforth College, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Set in beautiful North Yorkshire, Ampleforth College is a leading Catholic School and a traditional full boarding school that attracts families who wish to share in its Benedictine values. The College aims to strive for the flourishing of each student, and through its Compass for Life it allows students to enter the world as rounded young adults prepared to embrace life’s challenges and adventures with a commitment to the core values they have learned in the Ampleforth valley.

At a glance

Age range: 13 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 463 / Boys: 260 / Girls: 203
Percentage of boarders: 82%
Percentage of International pupils: 30%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 215
Average class size: Senior school: 15 / Sixth Form: 10
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 22/23 £13,300
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Rugby, Hockey, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics, Football
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country
Linked prep/junior school: Yes
Nearest major airports: Leeds Bradford (80km), Manchester (160km)


Ampleforth expects each student to achieve individual success, and to this end each is challenged and supported as required by highly qualified and dedicated teaching staff, with many opportunities for enrichment on offer. The College is broadly non-academically selective but students still score in the top 7% nationally for value added i.e. they achieve considerably more than would be expected from a baseline test, and over 70% of students go on to the Russell Group of top UK universities.


Ampleforth is renowned for high-quality pastoral care which is centred on its 9 boarding houses (6 for boys, 3 for girls). Each house has a resident housemaster/mistress who lives-in with their own family, a resident Assistant Housemaster/mistress, a team of house tutors, a matron and a chaplain. Together they enable students to feel at home away from home and there is a strong sense of house identity. Many events are planned within and across the houses, which offer very comfortable accommodation and excellent facilities.


With over 2,000 acres of grounds students can participate in core team sports such as rugby, hockey, football and cricket, whilst enjoying many others including badminton, fencing, squash and basketball. Facilities include a large indoor sports centre, a swimming pool, numerous tennis courts and several all-weather pitches. The 9-hole golf course is popular, as are field sports such as shooting, in which the College excels. A new equestrian arena has greatly increased opportunities for riders.

Creative arts

The Sunley Centre for Art & Design offers excellent facilities across the visual arts, and all members of the department are practising artists. The College has an excellent reputation for music, particularly choral, and the Schola Cantorum sings regularly at Abbey services. The new Performing Arts Centre has enabled the teaching of dance whilst recent productions in the oldest purpose-built school theatre in England include Anything Goes, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and Elektra.

Did you know?

  • James Norton, the star of the BBC’s War and Peace, is an alumnus, as is Julian Fellowes, the writer of hit TV show Downton Abbey.
  • Ampleforth has the biggest Catholic monastic community in Western Europe, and the students follow Benedictine core values.