Ampleforth College is a Roman Catholic co-educational Independent School (HMC), run by the Ampleforth community of Benedictine monks. It is set in a rural environment but with excellent local amenities in the village including primary schools, medical centre, shops and public houses. The delightful market town of Helmsley is five miles away and York, which is a major cultural centre in the North, is easily reached by car in thirty-five minutes. Several other market towns are within easy reach and sits on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park. The Abbot of Ampleforth is Chairman of the Ampleforth Abbey Trustees, which is the legal entity that owns and governs the foundation. St Laurence Education Trust is a separate limited company formed under the Abbey Trust. This also has charitable status and is responsible for the running of both Ampleforth College and St Martin’s Ampleforth. The Abbot of Ampleforth is the Chairman of Governors acting with the Council and Chapter of Ampleforth Abbey and with the assistance of a lay Advisory Body.
The monastic community has been at Ampleforth since 1802. The Abbey is responsible for Ampleforth College and for other work for the Catholic Church. This includes a thriving and growing Hospitality and Pastoral Services Department based at Ampleforth and number of parishes mainly in Lancashire, and St Benet’s Hall, a house of study in Oxford.
The College is one of the country's leading independent schools, with about 450 boys (13 - 18 years) and 170 girls living in ten boarding houses.
St Martin’s Ampleforth is a prep school for 135 boys and girls as day or full boarding students from the age of 7 up to 13, with a nursery and pre-prep covering the ages 3-6.