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Thursday 18-Aug-2016
【南早教育網:寄宿學校攻略】麻瓜的霍格華茲 Ampleforth College

位於英國約克郡的Ampleforth College成立於1802年,專門招收13至18歲的學生。雖然地處約克郡近郊,但距離倫敦只需兩個半小時火車車程,交通亦算方便。校舍佔地3000英畝,當中有教學樓、十座住宿大樓、教堂和各種運動設施。校園放眼盡是原野美景,有樹林亦有湖畔。

 

學校主要教學大樓充滿維多利亞風格,更因此被哈利波特製作團隊選作魔法學校取景地。Ampleforth跟Oratory和Stonyhurst三間學校均有「Catholic Eton」之稱,在眾多英國北部天主教學校中較受歡迎。學校起初規模不大,只有70名男學生在修院(Ampleforth Abbey)上課,由神父授課,後來才有學校大樓陸續建成。現時的學生非常幸運,可盡享各種設施,例如音樂館、劇院、室外球場、工藝室等。學校在02年首度招收女學生入讀Sixth Form,擁有200年歷史的傳統男校自此轉型為男女校。


 

學校的課外活動非常多元,學生可參與多達二十多種運動,當中包括比較少見的回力球、袋棍球 ( lacrosse ) 和馬球,讓學生不用限制於主流的運動項目。學校亦大力鼓勵學生發展潛能,無論音樂、舞台、美術、海陸空訓練及公益服務都有相應的獎學金可供申請。

 

作為天主教學校,Ampleforth極著重宗教及道德培育,年中有不少慈善或宗教活動。今年六月,部分高年級學生就參加了The Big Walk 2016,為有先天缺陷人士步行籌款。該活動的難度媲美香港毅行者,參加的同學通宵在約克郡山間步行足足72公里,中途更要在野外紮營過夜,可見學生毅力和善心兼備。


 

學生課外活動出色之餘,成績亦表現理想。學校連續八年有超過七成學生在高考考獲A*B,去年有近10%學生順利進入牛津和劍橋大學。即使學校成績優異,收生門檻亦制定得宜。若想孩子在發揮潛能之餘又能在學業成績有良好表現,Ampleforth College屬不錯之選。

 


圖片:Twitter@AmpleforthColl

(原文刊載於南華早報教育網:http://www.educationpost.com.hk/zh-hk/resources/education/160818-overseas-education-uk-ampleforth-college)

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