The Trust is made up of volunteer trustees from a variety of backgrounds who, amongst other things, oversee the financial, educational and strategic management of the school. They have overall responsibility for the school to meet all of the requirements set by external statutory bodies such as The Department for Education and Skills, the Independent Schools Inspectorate and the Charity Commission.
Trustees meet formally every term as a full trustee board and for sub committees but communicate frequently between these meetings. They are regular visitors to the school, meeting staff and students and attending school events. To learn more about the individual trustees, please see the biographies below. To find out more, please contact Helen Ashley-Taylor, Interim Clerk to the St Laurence Education Trust, on Helen.AshleyTaylor@ampleforth.org.uk. Mrs Claire Smith, Chair of the St Laurence Education Trust, is the Proprietor. She can be contacted throughout the year via Helen Ashley Taylor by telephone on 01439 766710 or in writing to Helen Ashley Taylor, Interim Clerk to the St Laurence Education Trust, Ampleforth College, York, YO62 4ER.
Ampleforth College is undergoing a full review of governance. In October 2018 a framework agreement was signed between the St Laurence Education Trust and the Ampleforth Abbey Trust which ensures that the trusts operate as independent charities with clarity of responsibilities and boundaries. The agreement places the highest priority on the safeguarding of students.
At the same time, SLET trustees are working with the Director of Governance to enhance governance practice and ensure the highest standards of accountability. A recruitment programme for SLET has recently yielded a number of new Trustees and Advisers whose skills and experience complement that of our existing Trustees. This programme is ongoing and we are committed to adding further high calibre individuals to our Board so as to ensure the best strategic leadership and oversight for the future of the College.