Short Stay Programme

A full term (approximately three months) at Ampleforth allows short stay students to enjoy a variety of opportunities and experiences and to make new friends.

No two terms are the same with different seasons, events, traditions and sports to embrace. The programme can be extended into a second term. Students who arrive at the start of September can extend until the February half-term holiday; those who arrive in January can extend until the end of the summer term.

Short-stay programme students are fully integrated into Ampleforth College life while also benefiting from a tailored programme designed to ensure they get the very best out of their time here. This includes additional lessons to improve their English, a cultural enrichment strand covering British life, politics, history and culture, as well as plenty of opportunities to further develop academic, social, and sports skills. All of this happens with the backdrop of living in a vibrant boarding house where children form lasting friendships and have a lot of fun. In each House, students are supported by dedicated staff who work to ensure the welfare and development of all the students in their care. Immersion in boarding school life certainly accelerates language acquisition as well as helping overseas students to make close friendships in a relatively short period of time.

See programme overview below. For more information about our Short Stay Programme, please contact our Admissions Department on admissions@ampleforth.org.uk or 01439 741081.

 Academic SubjectsEnglish as an Additional LanguageCultural EnrichmentCommunity ExperienceQualifications

Year 7 & 8
(ages 11 to 13)

English, Maths, Science, Languages, Sport, Art, Drama, Computer Science, Music, DT, Humanities2 to 4 EAL (English as an Additional Language) lessons per week depending on your child’s level of needLyceum: programme of talks and activities about British life, politics, history & culture

Cultural trips
Participation in House (and other) competitions, social activities and sport

Weekly assemblies covering a range of issues

Choice of weekly activities
Appropriate English Language Certification

Ampleforth College Certificate of British Culture
Year 9, 10 & 11
(ages 14 to 16)

NB We do not offer this programme in Year 11 in the summer term due to GCSE exams
Year 9: English, Maths, Science, Christian Theology, Languages, Sport, Art, Drama, Computer Science, Music, DT, Humanities (History and Geography)

Years 10-11: GCSE subjects comprised of ‘Core Subjects’ (English, Maths, Science and Christian Theology) and 2 - 4 ‘Option Subjects’ chosen by the student and their parents
3 to 4 EAL (English as an Additional Language) lessons per week depending on your child’s level of need

Plus additional 1-1 lessons are available
Lyceum: programme of talks and activities about British life, politics, history & culture

Cultural trips
Participation in House (and other) competitions, social activities and sport

Weekly assemblies covering a range of issues

Health Education talks on matters affecting the lives of growing teenagers

Choice of weekly activities
Appropriate English Language Certification

Ampleforth College Certificate of British Culture

Year 12
(ages 16 to 17)

A Level option subjects as chosen by the student and their parents3 to 4 EAL (English as an Additional Language) lessons per week depending on your child’s level of need

Plus additional 1-1 lessons are available
Lyceum: programme of talks and activities about British life, politics, history & culture

Cultural trips
Participation in House (and other) competitions, social activities and sport

Weekly assemblies covering a range of issues

Choice of weekly activities
Appropriate English Language Certification

Ampleforth College Certificate of British Culture