Ackworth provides a broad academic curriculum allowing young people to gain solid foundations and to discover and develop their talents. In the first three years pupils follow a wide-ranging programme which includes English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, German, Spanish, History, Religious Studies, Geography, PE and Sport, Design Technology, Home Economics, Information Communication Technology, Art, Drama and Music.

Most pupils study 9 subjects at GCSE. English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (2 or 3 GCSEs) are compulsory, and then an additional four option subjects are taken. All pupils also take PE and Games and Personal and Social Education. More information about GCSE options is to be found in the GCSE Options Booklet, which is available from the School and on the School website.