Introduction from the Head

Any form of abuse is against the law; Ampleforth is determined to maintain an unwavering focus on the safety and welfare of the children in its care. Protection of all students is the cornerstone of this College's mission.  Everyone in this community undertakes to support and live by the Benedictine values, which are entirely consistent with a positive culture of safeguarding.

Robin Dyer


The safeguarding of children is paramount in the governance of the School;  Ampleforth Abbey and College are committed to promoting the highest standards in policy and practice. All our staff receive regular safeguarding training and updates in order to provide them with the knowledge and skills to safeguard children effectively. Students are taught about safeguarding and know how to contact an appropriate adult (including House Parents, Chaplains, Matrons or Tutors) if they need support.

The senior leadership team will continue to work with Emma Moody, statutory agencies and regulators and ensure the school’s systems for safeguarding are robust and the safety of children is paramount. Trustees are wholly committed to the safety of children as their charitable beneficiaries and have undertaken a focussed programme training and development in relation to safeguarding.

A  Safeguarding Charter has been developed as a live resource for the trustees, staff, students and volunteers at the College and St Martin’s Ampleforth. Realising the commitments set out in the Charter is an ongoing organisational project, overseen and coordinated by Jim Hopkinson, the Ampleforth Abbey Trust Director of Safeguarding.

Links to the College's Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures may be found here. 

Owing to the current closure of the School site, an Appendix to the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures has been created to explain the necessary practical adjustments which have been made. This Appendix can be accessed here.

Links to the College's most recent Inspection Reports can be found here.

The Designated Safeguarding Leads are listed below:

Ampleforth College Designated Safeguarding Lead – John Ridge – 07870 403441


The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), formerly known as the Goddard Inquiry, was set up in March 2015 and will investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse, and make meaningful recommendations for change in the future.  The Catholic Church in England and Wales is one of these institutions and among the first of its bodies to be examined is the English Benedictine Congregation.  Ampleforth Abbey and College are part of this case study, and are cooperating fully with the Inquiry as a core participant.  We are committed to providing the highest possible standards when it comes to looking after those entrusted to our care, and we welcome the opportunity to cooperate with IICSA.