The new head teachers of Ampleforth College and St Martin’s Ampleforth prep school greeted the parents of their prospective pupils during an open day at Gilling Castle recently.
It marked the first time the two new heads, Mark O’Donnell, of St Martin’s Ampleforth, and Ampleforth College’s David Lambon were together on the site before taking up their new posts in September.
The appointment of Mark and in particular David, the first lay headteacher in Ampleforth College’s 200 year history, marks a new era for the schools – bringing some of the UK’s best educational talent on board while retaining a core commitment to a Benedictine education.
Parents and children were invited to tour the school and grounds and to meet the new headmasters and other teaching staff to discuss the school’s academic strengths. St Martin’s and Ampleforth’s finest were also on show with demonstrations from the school’s pipe band, Schola choir and CCF units while children were invited to join in a rugby challenge, hockey and netball activities and drama workshops.
Pictured: Head teachers Mark O’Donnell and David Lambon