Independent School, Co-ed, Boarding School, Nursery, Junior School, Senior School, Sixth Form, Parent Information, Pontefract, Ackworth

Ackworth School Nursery

Open Morning


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 morning Tuesday 18th January

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.


Two Ackworth students studying English
Independent School, Co-ed, Boarding School, Nursery, Junior School, Senior School, Sixth Form, Parent Information, Pontefract, Ackworth

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
  • Refreshments 
  • …and much more!

We look forward to welcoming you.

If this open day date doesn’t suit you, please get in touch to book a tour on an alternative day.

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.


Independent School, Co-ed, Boarding School, Nursery, Junior School, Senior School, Sixth Form, Parent Information, Pontefract, Ackworth

“My children loved Ackworth School when they visited. It’s not elitist like some other schools we considered.” – Ackworth School Parent


“At Ackworth it’s not about being the best, it’s about being your best” – Eleanor, Head Girl, 2019.

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