Where international students can confidently develop the language, learning and social skills necessary for success in the British education system


International Courses

Ackworth School is steeped in history and offers you a traditional British education as a pathway to university, either here in the UK or in your home country or elsewhere.

Ackworth has been accepting international students since 1880 and as teh oldest co-ed boarding school in the UK (founded in 1779), we have over 240 years of experience of teaching and caring for students from around the world. 

Whilst the majority of our students are British, we usually have over 20 other nationalities on campus, all of whom bring a multi-cultural perspective to our warm and welcoming community. 

EAL Support
The English as an Additional Language Department provides overseas students with extra help and support. For students in First to Fifth Form we provide at least four sessions of EAL each week. These groups typically consist of about 4 students. We provide general English tuition which helps students develop their language skills and so cope better with life and study in Britain as well as preparing students to take Cambridge English exams (KET/PET/FCE) and General IELTS.

Students in the Sixth Form prepare for academic IELTS which they will need for university. For students in the Sixth Form, we usually offer five lessons per week, and these are charged as extras. At this level we begin to prepare students for the Academic IELTS exam which they will need for university entry.

The EAL Department provides a lively, dynamic environment in which to learn. As groups are small, there is scope for individual learning programmes which cater for the specific requirements of each student. Most students find that EAL provides them with a place to ‘touch base’; time and space to discuss language problems that may be difficult to bring up in larger class environments. In this way it gives them a chance to experience more student-driven learning which provides more than just grammar and vocabulary practice. We aim to develop the student as a whole and so help them be better prepared, all round, for long-term study in the UK.

Cultural Visits Programme
Cultural Activities/Excursions

(some are compulsory and others are optional)

  • Lightwater Valley Theme Park
  • Sports Day
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Skating
  • York
  • Jorvik Viking Centre
  • York Minster
  • National Coal Mining Museum
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • The Royal Armouries
  • Founders’ Day
  • Ripon Law Courts
  • Magna Science Museum
  • Thackray Medical Museum
  • International Week at St Wilfrid’s
  • Fountains Abbey
  • Aerial Extreme
  • Wilberforce Museum
  • Sherwood Forest
  • National Media Museum

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