Key to our approach is the focus on the individual. Students will have a minimum of three one-to-one interviews with members of the Careers Department.

Careers Guidance

Careers education and guidance form part of the programme of self-awareness and development that all our pupils experience as they progress through the School. Formal contact with the Careers Department begins in Year 10 and continues through to the post A level results period. Our staff and pupils have access to the wide range of material in the Careers Library and have the support of the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO).

Subject choice, employment and training opportunities and prospects, work experience, and guidance about Further and Higher Education all form part of the programme of Careers guidance. To boost this further, use is made of visiting experts – over the years parents and old scholars have contributed their expertise. On a day-to-day basis, all members of the teaching staff are happy to give advice in the context of their subject specialism. Pupils can be assured of wide-ranging support throughout their time in the School.

Key to our approach is the focus on the individual. Students will have a minimum of three one-to-one interviews with members of the Careers Department, in order to discuss their ideas for life post-Ackworth and receive their goals. This is in addition to the sessions organised for forms and whole year groups.

Students who are wishing to apply to Oxford, Cambridge, or for courses linked to Medicine, will have an additional programme of support provided.



This is an overview of everything you need to support your child with their higher education choices.  The guide covers pre-application, planning and exploring options, making an application, what happens after they have made their application and other useful resources to help you.

Primary School Community Committee

On Tuesday 11th June 2019, the primary schools of Ackworth held their first Primary School Community Committee meeting.  The purpose of the group is to identify community projects where the primary schools can work collaboratively for the benefit of all the young people in the village.

The Primary School’s decided to prioritise the litter issue in the village for their first project.  They have planned litter picks around the village and will take before and after photographs, which they are then planning on using to create a poster, with key messages and captions for the local community regarding litter prevention in the village.  The poster will be displayed on each school’s website and local social media.

The litter picks have been organised for on the following dates:

Tuesday 25th June 2019 – Mill Dam & Ackworth School

Wednesday 26th June 2019 – Bell Lane

Thursday 27th June 2019 – Oakfield Park & Bell Lane

Friday 28th June 2019 – Ackworth Howard School

This initiative has kindly been supported by Adam Fletcher (Spring Clean 2019) and Wakefield Council who are co-ordinating the resources to support the students with their project. 

The Primary School Community Committee will meet again in September 2019 to plan their collaborative projects for the 2019/20 academic year.  These projects may include road safety in the village and raising funding for a community bus.

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