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 Explore, Enrich, Enthuse 

 Years 7 and 8 follow a broad and ambitious curriculum designed to enthuse, enrich learning, and enable children to explore as widely as possible and discover their interests and talents before beginning to specialise as they move up through the Senior School. We aim to challenge and stretch our pupils in a stimulating environment to encourage the inherent sense of wonder that young learners find in the world around them.  With the support and encouragement of teachers, pupils begin to engage in critical thinking and problem-solving, to articulate their thoughts and ideas, and to establish proactive and independent ways of learning in readiness for the Senior School and beyond. We aim to inspire a lifelong love of learning. 

Pupils are taught by specialist teachers in Mathematics, Sciences, English, Computing, Design & Technology, Languages, Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education, History, Geography, Christian Theology and Classical Civilisation or Latin/Greek.  They also follow a Christian Living programme which includes citizenship, wellbeing, and British values, and promotes the ideas of respect, service, wanting the best for each other, and taking responsibility for the world around us.  

Over their two years in Junior House, pupils are supported to track and record their progress in all aspects of their education – academic, co-curricular, service, as well as commitment and contribution to school life. This encourages each child to reflect on what they have learnt not just in the classroom but as a whole person, to celebrate their strengths, and consider areas for development specific to them. Each is on their own individual journey and we equip them with the skills to continue to learn and grow for the rest of their lives. At Ampleforth, scholarship is a state of mind and open to all. The pupils’ achievements – and their ability to recognise where they have more to do – are celebrated in a bronze, silver, or gold Junior Ampleforth Award presented at the end of Year 8. 

As learning in Junior House is not constrained by an exam-led syllabus, there is time to go beyond mastering the required knowledge and skills, to explore subjects more deeply and feed curious minds. Academic enrichment is fostered through opportunities to take part in both internal and external competitions, visits, talks and additional activities. We make the most of our beautiful environment to continue learning outside the classroom as often as possible and enjoy the wonders of nature.  

A Compass for Life

Full Boarding & Day School for students aged 11 to 18