A new Director of Studies, tutorial system, a 100 day revision plan and a parents’ retreat are just some of the new initiatives lay Headmaster David Lambon will outline this week as part of his commitment to academic excellence and enriching individuals through learning at Ampleforth College.
The Headmaster, who has been in place since September 2014 at the world’s foremost provider of Catholic education, has appointed Dr Hannah Pomroy, a meteorologist to the new position of Director of Studies. Dr Pomroy will be instrumental in implementing the new flagged assessment programme at Ampleforth College. She has a first class degree in Mathematics from Bristol University and PhD in Meteorology from meteorologist . After three years as a Postdoctoral research fellow she moved to secondary education working in a diverse range of schools, state and independent, selective and not, before arriving at Ampleforth.
As well as appointing Dr Pomroy, Lambon has further developed a tutorial system which sees teachers host one-on-ones with pupils who need additional support, outside the classroom in certain subjects. He has a track record of achieving high standards and improving GCSE results by 10% at his last school, St. Malachy’s Belfast, and he teaches a number of the school’s 610 pupils.
With Ampleforth already seeing 73% of places gained at the Sutton Trust’s ‘top 30 universities’ with nearly ¾ of pupils accepted at their first choice university, Lambon has also committed to helping pupils and their families cope still better with exam season. A new phased 100 day revision plan focuses on active learning, from summarising topics (something his own son did at GCSE – achieving A*s in key subjects), to creating mind-maps and storyboards, honing exam techniques and practicing under timed conditions.
With the Benedictine ethos remaining central to all Ampleforth does, the school also held a parents’ retreat on 27th February which focused on giving parents the chance to discuss their child’s progress with the school and gain insight into the subjects they will need more support with.
Many parents are used to their own performance being evaluated in the office, so exam season makes communication and a ‘joined up’ plan between school and home very important to achieving good results and giving children the techniques and support they need to be successful. Whether they are doing their prep or revising at home, we always believe in allowing some good rest and recuperation at the start of the holidays before the hard work begins.