Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming students from Old Buckenham Hall School in Suffolk for a leadership and enrichment visit.

Nine Year 7 students joined us for a varied programme of activities which gave them the opportunity to experience what an education at Ampleforth could entail.

During their 24 hours at Ampleforth, the range of activities they experienced included a chess challenge (where one of our own St. Thomas' boys played each student simultaneously), shooting in the CCF range, a programme in the fitness suite, a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type challenge, working on interview techniques, and the opportunity to experience a maths lesson.

They also enjoyed a full tour of the school by our Year 12 students, Alice, Ruby, Bethan, and Freddie. Here, they had a chance to visit the Abbey Church, St Alban’s Sports Centre, the Art Department, Performing Arts Centre, the Theatre, and St John’s and St Bede’s boarding houses. 

Chris Bunting, Director of Studies at Old Buckenham Hall School, had these kind words to say: 

"It was absolutely brilliant and the children are still talking about it. We were made to feel so welcome and it was good for the children to get the chance to see a senior school in action. Our thanks to the three pupils who took us on the tour on Friday morning; their love of the school was certainly evident."

It was an absolute delight being able to host the students and they were a true credit to Old Buckenham Hall School. We do hope to see them again in the future!