Life in the Ampleforth Valley

This page provides a flavour of life here in the Ampleforth valley. If you have any queries, or wish to arrange a video or telephone call with our Admissions Department, please do contact them on 01439 766863 or 

The Adventure of Ampleforth

Set in 2,200 acres of land affectionately known as the Valley, our beautiful, rural setting lends itself to an extensive range of stimulating co-curricular experiences. There is something for everyone – all can discover and develop their interests and talents.

“There’s just about anything you want to do and you can do it at whatever level you want to do it at.  You will get a fantastic education at Ampleforth, whatever your potential is.”  Hannah Pomroy, Deputy Head

Love of Learning

Ampleforth College accepts more than just the most academically gifted. Every student is inspired to reach their potential. Our results show excellent academic progress. For us, educational success is about developing independent thinking and learning which bring the skills needed to thrive in life, most importantly good and confident communication, creative problem solving, collaborative working, leadership, and resilience.

“The teachers were brilliant.  They knew how to get me to where I needed to be – they taught the way I learnt best and they did that for everyone.  We were all encouraged to think independently and were treated as individuals.”  Edward, Old Amplefordian

Pastoral Care & Spiritual Enrichment

We are a full boarding school with a rich and varied programme of events every day and at the weekends. Houses are real homes where children in different year groups mix and form lasting friendships with each other and with staff. A strong House system with dedicated staff encourages openness and trust between students, staff, and parents. Full boarding engrains a deeper sense of community and provides a richer experience We pride ourselves on being Catholic educators.  We are not simply aware of our responsibility in this regard, but able to integrate it into everything we do, whether we are Catholic or not.

“There is a great sense of community here.  I think it is very special.  Ampleforth is more than just a school.”  Katie, Year 12  

We hope you have enjoyed learning more about life here in the Ampleforth Valley.  Below, our Senior Admissions Registrar, Helen McKell, explains a little more about our admissions process.  If you would like to speak to Helen for more details, please call her on 0044 +1439 766736 or email