Head of top Catholic school stands down after damning report

Jul 3, 2019 by

Inspection found Ampleforth college was failing to meet child protection standards

Ampleforth Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 25915.jpgEngland’s most prestigious Catholic school, Ampleforth college, is facing a new leadership crisis after an inspection found it was failing to meet child protection standards.

The college confirmed its acting head, Deirdre Rowe, was stepping down after just 10 months in the job, and an interim head would be appointed.

The move follows an unannounced inspection to monitor progress, carried out in May at the request of the Department for Education. According to a report in Catholic journal the Tablet, the highly critical inspection report found the school did not meet standards for safeguarding, leadership, behaviour, combating bullying and complaints handling.

The north Yorkshire college was founded more than 200 years ago by Benedictine monks at Ampleforth Abbey. Its former pupils include Julian Fellowes, the Conservative peer and creator of Downton Abbey, the actor Rupert Everett and the sculptor Antony Gormley. Its fees are more than £35,000 a year for senior boarders.

Source: Head of top Catholic school stands down after damning report | Education | The Guardian

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