Ampleforth College is a caring organisation.  Health and safety at Ampleforth is underpinned by a shared understanding that the care of others is a fundamental Christian duty at the heart of our Benedictine ethos, present long before the modern sense of health and safety came into being.

Our fantastic location and wonderful facilities allow us to offer a broad range of exciting activities to all students. A strong health and safety culture, informed by the expectations of the Ampleforth Abbey Trust Safety Charter, provides a protective framework in which students can enjoy the environment and the choices which are available to them and which allows parents to be aware that there is an organisational commitment to their child’s health, safety and well-being.

Ampleforth is committed to being a best practice organisation in health and safety: we have our own professionally qualified Director of Health and Safety.  In March 2017, Ampleforth Abbey and College was one of 578 organisations worldwide who won an International Safety Award  from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its site healthy and safe during the 2016 calendar year.

The health and safety climate of the College places health and safety at the highest level of school governance, which confirms strategy and structure and provides for the effective monitoring of staff health and safety performance.  Health and safety compliance affirms the College’s commitment to meeting its legal health and safety responsibilities; in addition, internal processes are supportive of an embedded and generative culture which moves health and safety beyond compliance towards actively protective planning and management which prioritise the care of students.  Health and safety participation requires staff to possess and to develop skills and behaviours so as to be competent and “risk-intelligent” practitioners.

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.  To learn more, please click here.