Viren (centre) pictured with Michelle, Matron of Boys’ School House, and other Ackworth School pupils.                                                                                            

I started my boarding experience at Ackworth in September of 2018. I joined the school because it was the first year of the football academy and it was something that really appealed to me.

I met Michelle Walker (a.k.a. Matron) on my first day and after that encounter I knew that the boarding experience at Ackworth would be perfect for me. She was very kind and welcoming and made me feel like I belonged in the boarding house. She was always there in the morning if I needed her and was always there after school as well to make us cheese toasties and other amazing snacks to ensure that we were always well fed.

She was like a mother figure to me at school. Throughout the months I spent here, I made lots of good friends through football and through school as well. These are people that have been there for me through my ups and downs and are friends that I’ll keep for life. I’ll miss them a lot and everyone at Ackworth will always have a special place in my heart.