An all-through, outstanding independent school
Welcome to Ackworth School, a welcoming, digitally future-facing, day and boarding school creating exceptional academic results.
Ackworth School is an independent, all-through school for children aged two and a half to nineteen years old with an outstanding day nursery, junior school and senior school provision located in the beautiful heart of Yorkshire, within easy reach of major UK cities and transport routes.
Next open day Tuesday 5th October
What to expect at the open morning
Our open events give prospective parents the opportunity to explore what Ackworth School has to offer. From taking a tour around our fantastic grounds and facilities to meeting our supportive teachers, it’s a great way to get a feel for life at Ackworth before making any decisions.
We know how important the first stages of school are, for any child and parent, therefore visiting one of our open events is the best way to find out if Ackworth School is suited to you.
Explore the warm and welcoming environment, speak to our friendly and nurturing staff, discover the host of exciting opportunities available for your child, and find out why Ackworth School is a safe and special place for young children at the start of their school journey.
Our open event also offers:
- A chance to learn about the activities and lessons we teach
- A chance to speak to pupils
- Discussion opportunities with the head of the school, Anton Maree and Head of Coram House, Sally Slater
- An insight into the future of your child’s education
- An opportunity to ask any questions
- …and much more!
We look forward to welcoming you.
Ackworth School Nursery. Children 2½ to 4 years old
Ackworth School Nursery is set within our modern, purpose-built Junior School, Coram House. It is a beautiful, safe, loving and stimulating environment, promoting all areas of your child’s development. The Nursery is well equipped with large play and learning spaces. Children can access a dedicated outdoor space, which includes a sheltered area, fruit and vegetable plot, mud kitchen, the wider school grounds plus our own Forest School.
We offer a variety of flexible private day nursery and funded childcare sessions to suit your family’s needs. Led by our SEN Coordinator, we support children with learning difficulties and disabilities, and children who are bilingual with English as an additional language. Come along, see the Nursery and meet our professional, friendly team of Early Years specialists at our next open day.
Ackworth Junior School. Children 4 to 11 years old
Ackworth Junior School is set within Coram House, a modern, purpose-built Junior School, and provides a supportive, gradual introduction to school life and structured learning. Teaching is pitched according to your child’s needs and supported by outstanding levels of care and regular communication with parents. Our experienced teaching team fosters enthusiasm and initiative, nurturing your child’s emerging personality and talents, building self-esteem, resilience and confidence along the way.
Ackworth Junior School children benefit from a breadth of educational opportunities beyond the National Curriculum. We are passionate about extending learning outside the classroom, with children regularly encouraged to explore, discover, build and play in our onsite Forest School setting and the wider facilities the school has to offer.
Ackworth School has a digital-first approach to learning, which begins in Coram House, with children developing ICT skills and confidence with the technology they will use as they progress through the school. Our friendly staff would love to meet your family and show you around.
The advantages of being a Quaker school
Founded as a Quaker school in a beautiful, rural setting in 1779, Ackworth’s purpose was to educate children ‘not in affluence’. For over 240 years, we have proudly maintained this passion for exceptional teaching and learning that is non-selective and without prejudice. We pursue high academic and pastoral standards for children, placing importance on individualised teaching and learning. We foster enthusiasm and initiative and believe it is important to encourage pupils to nurture their own talents and personalities to build self-esteem, resilience and confidence.
Quaker values underpin how Ackworth School operates every day, with an emphasis on acceptance and quiet reflection. ‘Non sibi sed omnibus’, meaning ‘not for oneself but each for the good of all’, lies at the heart of school life. An inherent respect for others and honesty at all times, creates a calm, friendly school atmosphere, which is supportive and reassuring for young people.
Pupils leave their education well-rounded and equipped to lead a full and responsible life in the adult world. Today, most pupils are from non-Quaker families and about 10% come from other countries.
Boarding available from age 10 (Year 5)
Ackworth was designed to be a mixed boarding school and has separate boarding houses for boys and girls. Boarding helps pupils to focus on study with access to the school’s excellent facilities late into the evening and at weekends. Ackworth has a flexible approach to boarding in response to parental and pupils needs.
Day pupils can take advantage of the boarding provision, if at any time it suits their academic, extracurricular, or home life commitments. Day scholars often switch to boarding in the Sixth Form to take full advantage of the facilities for study, social interaction, and to gain a degree of independence in preparation for university.
Exceptional sporting facilities
Sports, physical and mental wellbeing are very important to all Ackworth pupils and are a platform for academic success. Pupils have access to a newly built fitness suite, indoor swimming pool, athletics field and cross-country course, tennis and squash courts, cricket pitch and multiple extra-curricular sports and wellbeing clubs.
Our sports academies offer the chance for talented pupils to train under world class coaches in tailor-made programmes. Pupils in the academies often go on to compete at county and even international level.
A focus on digital learning
Ackworth School has adopted a digital-first approach to learning from Year 5 upwards and all Senior pupils are provided with an Apple iPad by the school. We have selected Microsoft Teams in support of classroom teaching and learning.
Pupils can receive and submit work to tutors, send messages to their project groups, and receive year group updates. Apple TVs in every classroom enable pupils to share work and collaborate on big ideas.
Next open day Tuesday 5th October
“My children loved Ackworth School when they visited. It’s not elitist like some other schools we considered.” – Ackworth School Parent