"his mother took him out of Ampleforth"

 Ampleforth College is a famous Catholic boarding school in Yorkshire. It first opened its doors as a boys' school in 1802, although it now admits girls as well. The school is run by Benedictine monks from Ampleforth Abbey; some teaching is also done by lay staff.

The school's academic standards are not as rigorous as in similar schools, as it focuses on providing a spiritual education as well as an academic one. Having said that, the overwhelming majority of its students still go on to attend university.