Ampleforth Abbey

24 February 2018

The Abbot of Ampleforth has today, 7 June 2016, sent the following letter to all parents and prospective parents of pupils at both Ampleforth College and St Martin's Ampleforth:

Dear Parents

I write to inform you that David Lambon will be leaving Ampleforth College at the end of this term to pursue new professional opportunities.

During his tenure as Headmaster, David has built impressively upon the achievements of his predecessor, Fr Gabriel. Leading his senior team, David has concentrated his and the College’s efforts into a new development plan, covering the full range of school life from the academic to the pastoral. This includes, but is not limited to, the artistic, musical, social and sporting, with an emphasis on seeking to raise academic results even higher, whilst ensuring the fullest and best possible holistic education for our young people in the context of our Catholic Benedictine ethos, which informs and influences all that we do. Strong progress has been made in all of these regards, and I am grateful to David for all that he has given to, and done for, Ampleforth. It is our firm resolve that we should remain on this path of continuous improvement for the benefit of each and every student in our schools.

To this end, after careful consultation with the school’s governing body, the St Laurence Education Trust, I have asked Fr Wulstan Peterburs to take over the responsibilities of Headmaster, as we believe him to be best placed to maintain our future development. Fr Wulstan, who has both a BA and PhD in Theology from the University of Durham, joined the teaching staff of the College as a lay teacher of Christian Theology and History in 1994, entering the monastic community in 1998, and subsequently serving in the College as a highly successful Head of Christian Theology and in succession to me as Housemaster of St John’s House until his appointment in 2010 as Procurator of Ampleforth Abbey and College. Fr Wulstan is a trustee of the St Laurence Education Trust, and is, of course, well known to staff at Ampleforth; many parents will, I am sure, remember him from his time on the school’s academic staff. It is my and the trustees’ expectation that Fr Wulstan will hold the post of Headmaster for an interim period as we consider and begin a recruitment process for a permanent successor to David Lambon.

David has asked me to convey his thanks to staff, students and their parents, who welcomed him to Ampleforth and have supported the developments introduced by him and his team. We wish David well for the future, and whilst sad at his going, I and the trustees are delighted that we have such a strong interim successor in Fr Wulstan. Fr Wulstan has a long-standing relationship with senior staff in the College and at St Martin’s Ampleforth, including the new Head of School, David Moses, and as of today is working closely with them to ensure the best possible education for all of the students as individuals in our schools. Fr Wulstan will write to all parents shortly after the beginning of the new academic year in September. I know that he is looking forward to his new responsibilities, as well as to getting to know the students and their parents as the term progresses.

Please be assured of our continuing commitment to the education and welfare of your children whom you have entrusted to us, and to our partnership in this most worthwhile of tasks in our Catholic Benedictine schools and community. Naturally, if you have any concerns or queries, we will do our best to respond to them.

With all good wishes and prayers.

Yours sincerely,

Abbot Cuthbert Madden