St John's was founded in 1957 and is located in one of the older college buildings, recently refurbished throughout.

The house has accommodation for 65 boys with the first years in dormitories of six; second and third years in twin rooms which have en-suite facilities; and sixth form boarders in their own rooms, many of which have en-suite bathrooms.

The Housemaster, Paul Curran, studied an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Reading before training for a PGCE in Swansea. He joined Ampleforth in September 2016 as the Housemaster of St John’s and Head of Computer Science. Paul joined Ampleforth from Christ College, Brecon where he was Acting Pastoral Deputy Head and Head of Computer Science. He was previously a Housemaster at New Hall School.

He is married to Jennifer, the former Head of Drama at both Christ College, Brecon and New Hall School. They live in St John’s with their two young daughters Isabelle and Ariana, and their cat, Heracles. 

About St John

St John Fisher (1469-1535), Bishop of Rochester, was put to death for resisting Henry VIII's claims over the Church. He was a man of learning and was associated with many intellectuals and political leaders of his day. He eventually became the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge before his death in 1535.