School Data

Gender Mixed
Age 11 - 18
Type Boarding Day School
Size 510
Bursaries Available

Our Scholarship programme recognises students with a particular talent in academic subjects, music, sport and a range of co-curricular pursuits, to be supported and challenged to further improve.

Head Mr Peter Roberts

Open Days & Events

Regular Open Mornings give families the chance to meet staff and students and look around the School. We hold regular Compass for Life receptions around the UK and the world bringing prospective and current families together with alumni to learn more about the Ampleforth community.

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Means tested bursaries are available.

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Contact Details

Ampleforth College

Ampleforth College, York, YO62 4ER

Ampleforth College

Ampleforth College, York, YO62 4ER

The world’s foremost Catholic boarding school welcomes girls and boys of all faiths aged 11-18. Set in over 2,200 acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside with top-class facilities, we are full boarding and students are immersed in a rich and varied programme of learning, activities and social events seven days a week. Easy access from airports. 20% discount with CEA

Heads Welcome

It is both very exciting and a great honour to become the Head of Ampleforth College. The College goes into 2023 with confidence, consolidating the excellent achievements of the past year. This approach is a team one, based upon the generous sharing of individual gifts by all pupils, staff and parents: our strength comes from the whole Ampleforth community, working together and appreciating and encouraging everyone’s contribution.
Our efforts this year will be centred on our continuing drive to offer an excellent and broad education and maintaining the highest possible level of pastoral care. Our pupils are happy and balanced, able to grow their sense of individual well-being and discernment of what is good and true.
Good and inspiring teaching is key, however much the pupils learn for themselves. After all, the lessons we learn from others are often more important. Alongside the College’s pursuit of academic excellence, the lessons we gain from music, drama, the visual arts, and sport are equally important for the whole person, the well-rounded character that Ampleforth appreciates more than other schools. We will continue to support a STEM approach to science, mathematics and technology teaching, a need recently highlighted by the Prime Minister. I also strongly support the performing arts, one of Ampleforth’s many existing strengths.
We live in a time when the transformative nature of St Benedict’s teachings is sorely needed in the wider world. Everything we do here at Ampleforth is influenced by these teachings. They provide a compass for life which helps nurture young people of integrity, compassion, courage, and insight, and also extends to our wider life in this most beautiful of valleys where there is the constant opportunity to learn how we can be better stewards of the Earth around us, understanding how we can be at harmony with each other, as well as serve the needs of others.
The dedication of the Governors, the whole staff, and of the many friends of Ampleforth has inspired me to give all I can to the collective goal of being a leading boarding school with a unique holistic approach to helping our pupils flourish.
Ampleforth is a great school and one I am proud to lead. I look forward to welcoming you very warmly and in person to this special place with its compelling idea of what constitutes a great education for your children.
Peter Roberts,


Ampleforth provides a compass for life.  Each individual’s unique talents are recognised and nurtured within a welcoming community rooted in Benedictine values. We educate the whole person, unlocking what they can contribute to the world and fulfilling their academic potential. Students learn how to think independently and have the confidence to lead, to work well with others and have the humility to serve.  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.

We offer an exceptional range of opportunities for each student to discover and develop their interests and strengths. We make the most of our wonderful location. A strong House system with dedicated staff in each House provide real homes where children from different years mix and form lasting friendships. Pastoral care is outstanding.

Ampleforth is one of very few schools which draws students from across the UK. With 30% from overseas and particular representation from a range of European countries, we enjoy a broad cultural and linguistic mix. Student travel is organised all round the world – access to regional airports is good and London to York is under 2 hours by train.

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