Message from Ampleforth Abbey and College

We thought you might be like to hear how the Abbey and College are operating during the Coronavirus pandemic and what we are doing to keep our community, and those who have contact with us, safe.  

Our first priority is to safeguard the wellbeing and safety of all members of our community and anyone with whom we have contact. We have committed to the Boarding Schools Association COVID-SAFE Charter and are following the latest Government and Public Health England guidance on COVID-19.  The monastic community is being extremely careful and only receiving essential visitors. We are also working closely with Dr Black and his team in Ampleforth Village Surgery to ensure we keep abreast of the latest NHS advice.  We have undertaken comprehensive risk assessments across all areas of school life and created bubbles within boarding houses and within year groups to prevent the spread of the virus.  The need for these bubbles and how they operate will be continually reviewed to ensure we are in line with the latest Government and NHS guidelines and best practice. So far, we have not had a single case of COVID within our community and we are working very hard to keep it this way.   

On Sunday afternoons, students are usually allowed to walk down to the Ampleforth Village Store and after a full risk assessment and consultation with the owners, this is continuing. Obviously they must wear masks when in the shop and adhere to all social distancing guidelines. For the time being, we also have a member of staff on duty in the village on Sunday afternoons to help our students remember these new rules.  You may have seen groups of students, perhaps in close contact, as they walk down to the shop or heading to the lakes for our annual raft race last weekend. We want to reassure you that these groups are made up of students within a boarding house bubble, where more than six people can be together whilst not social distancing. The Government’s guidelines for boarding schools allow for students within a boarding house bubble to act as one household. Last weekend a local police representative attended our raft race and was happy with our social distancing practices.

Our students are committed to the systems we have in place for their own safety and that of others, both within the College and in the wider community.  Should you ever have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01439 766000.

We are delighted to have all of our students back this term and it is wonderful to see the Valley full of life again. Under new leadership over the past year the College is thriving. Next week we are publishing our vision for the next decade. This includes plans to build a new Performing Arts Centre and all year round cricket training facilities, both of which would be available to local clubs and community groups. Copies of our vision will be available on our website. Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more.