Despite my original plan to retire in 2019, I am extremely happy to stay as this school has really got under my skin. It has so much exciting potential and it would be good to embed the changes we are making and establish a strategic plan that will be relevant to the lives of Amplefordians in the next ten years and beyond.
This plan will be founded on the principles of Catholic education and Benedictine values. The notion of the growth of the individual as part of a dynamic community, equipping our young people with the skills and attitude that enable them to thrive in the world and to benefit the communities they go into, at university, the world of work, or indeed their close relationships. To do this we are reinvigorating an Ampleforth tradition, a style of teaching and learning that develops independent thinking, learning and coping. This will enhance the students’ experience in all aspects of school life and enable them to become the confident communicators, creative and resilient problem solvers, collaborators and leaders that are wanted in the workplace today.
I would also like you to know that the Independent Schools Inspectorate has announced that we have passed their recent compliance inspection (report can be found here). There is no category other than pass or fail so this is good news. We have been officially recognised as a professionally led school, with the excellent systems of care, responsibility and accountability expected in today’s boarding schools. Since October 2019 we have put in place a new group of Trustees who are insisting on the highest quality of leadership at all levels within the school. Our task now is to build on all that we have done right and constantly seek to improve yet further, for the benefit of our students.
Ampleforth can now move forward with drive and ambition as a leader in education and with excitement about the future.