Ampleforth College’s first lay Head, David Lambon has set out his first School Development plan. The ambitious 2015 action plan is designed to ensure Ampleforth’s areas of strength are conserved with the development of a new outdoor curriculum and facilities including an equestrian sports centre and dance studio.
With a prep school set in a Castle and grounds including a lake and a golf course, Ampleforth’s grounds span 2,200 acres of North Yorkshire countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The new ‘outdoor curriculum’ for 3-18 year olds will feature a forest school and 70 extra-curricular activities. These activities will play a particularly important role for students at weekends.
In place since September 2014, Lambon, a keen triathlete who has an MBA in School Leadership said:
When I first came to Ampleforth I was struck by the magnificent and huge opportunity we have to help children enjoy a traditional childhood with the space to grow and develop. We’ve been committed to a co-educational environment since 2004 and our new dance and equestrian centres will provide boys and particularly girls with opportunities to grow and develop as they appreciate their beautiful surroundings and develop team working and leadership skills, beyond the classroom.
Fr Wulstan Peterburs, Procurator of Ampleforth who is responsible for the management of the Abbey’s estate says:
Stewardship of creation and appreciating and looking after our surroundings is a core value set out over 1500 years ago, so the Monastic Community wholeheartedly believes that helping future generations enjoy the benefits our surroundings bring is a key part of a Benedictine education.