North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
About Ampleforth College
What makes Ampleforth so special? Why do people keep coming back to the valley throughout their lives?
Is it the tranquility and beauty of the place? The grandeur of the buildings? The kindness and wisdom of the monks? The memory of happy times, learning and growing? Or is it something that runs deeper, something more difficult to explain?It has been said that people who leave Ampleforth for the wider world take with them a ‘compass for life’ – a personal direction finder that will always allow them to hold onto their moral bearings; to seek their own true north, even when life is treating them roughly.
This is not the arrogance or overweening self-confidence of youth but a quiet, stead sense of one’s place in the world. Of course, the first-class teaching and outstanding, all-round education, the broad social experience, the magnificent setting and facilities have something to do with this.
Where Ampleforth is truly different, however, is in the Benedictine ethos that forms the bedrock of everything that happens in the College and St Martin’s Ampleforth. Compassion, inclusion and generosity, not always easy to find in the modern world, are just three of St Benedict’s principles.
Ampleforth is a Benedictine school under the guidance and care of the monks of Ampleforth Abbey.
The Rule of St Benedict, written in the Sixth century, has provided a wise and enduring framework, both spiritual and practical, to guide religious communities ever since. It gives us, in the 21st century, an excellent guide for running a school in “the Lord’s service.” St Benedict shows how, through prayer and work, the individual can grow closer to God through living in a community. The Benedictine tradition appeals not only to Catholics but also to other Christians, who recognise the benefits of its balanced approach.
With the rule of St Benedict at the heart of all we do, the aims of Ampleforth College are:
- To share with families the spiritual, moral and intellectual formation of their children.
- To invite students through the Catholic and Benedictine tradition into a life of faith.
- To work for excellence in every endeavour; to love learning and to pursue the truth.
- To strive for the flourishing of each student; so that they may become agents for change through service and leadership.