Through high quality teaching and resources, we aim to provide an inspiring experience to our students and to encourage in them a love of life-long independent learning. Cultural activity, which includes sport, music, art and drama is an important part of the curriculum and all students have extensive opportunities to participate to a high level.
Subjects are taught by specialist teachers at all levels.
In Years 9 to 11, all students follow a core curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, PE, Christian Theology and Christian Living. A wide range of languages is offered, both modern and classical, and students are expected to take at least one to GCSE. In addition, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Drama and ICT are offered as compulsory subjects in Year 9 and many of them as options in Years 10 and 11.
In Years 12 and 13 we offer a programme of A levels and BTECs in the belief that such a curriculum will best serve the interests of the whole student body, bearing in mind the ability range of our students. A broad range of options is available from which students choose to specialise in up to four subjects in Year 12, normally reducing to three in Year 13. This allows students to develop a depth of knowledge which, combined with a wide-ranging programme of cultural and academic enrichment, provides a good preparation for university study. Christian Theology is expected as one option but not necessarily as an A level subject. All students continue to follow a Christian Living course throughout the Sixth Form.
Ampleforth operates a two-week timetable cycle in order to maintain a balanced curriculum. Lessons are 50 min in duration and there are 78 periods in each two-week cycle. Of these, 12 are for sports and games and 2 (one per week) are for Chaplaincy and Year Group assemblies. This means that there are 64 periods per two-week cycle for the academic curriculum. In addition there is a tutorial period each week. Any numbers of lessons given on the pages giving curriculum details refer to the number per two-week cycle. Students will have a slightly different timetable depending on their particular strengths, for example, in Year 9 some will have additional Mathematics and English lessons rather than Latin and/or Greek.