St Martin’s Ampleforth are celebrating this week as they learned that they were nominated for Best Prep School of the Year at the Tatler School Awards. The Tatler Schools Guide is an annual supplement to the October issue of this prestigious magazine and schools are chosen for entry according to their own criteria and not because entry has been paid for. (The only other publication to do this is ‘The Good Schools Guide’). This year 229 schools were chosen to be in the guide, of which 114 are prep schools. Only 13 prep schools were chosen from the whole of the North of England and Scotland.
At the awards ceremony, held at Claridges in London, prizes are given for minor categories such as Best School Food, and then the main awards are for Best Head of a Prep School, Best Head of a Public School, Public School of the Year and Prep School of the Year. In each of these categories there are five nominees and, this year, S. Martin’s Ampleforth were one of the five nominees for Prep School of the Year. The eventual winner was a Prep school from the south, but as the only school from the North of England to be represented in any of the nominations for any of the categories, the staff and pupils are delighted with the accolade.
Headmaster, Nicholas Higham said: “This is an achievement to be proud of so I would like to pass on my thanks to all my staff for their continuing efforts in making us the best that we can be and giving us national recognition in this way.”
For more information see: www.stmartins.ampleforth.org.uk/