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Development

Projects

Without the gifts and generosity of previous generations, pupils would not be enjoying facilities such as the Sports Hall, Swimming Pool, Music Centre, All-Weather Pitch, Tennis and Netball Courts, Fitness Suite and Fothergill Theatre. Additional fundraising is essential so that Ackworth can continue to provide the best possible education for your child and future generations. We have established the Renewal Fund to refurbish our buildings and to capitalise new facilities.

Fee income pays for Ackworth School as it is today, with very little leftover for investment in new capital projects or other initiatives. Your donation can make a real difference to our school.

Swimming pool complex

We have a long-term plan to preserve and enhance the buildings adjacent to the swimming pool. These nicely proportioned but decaying Grade I listed buildings, can provide an attractive and stimulating learning environment for our pupils as well as an income raising venue for the wider community. £250,000 will fund the renovation and conversion.

Sports facilities

Another area that is in need of an overhaul is our astroturf, netball and tennis courts. They are in urgent need of transformation. These facilities are at the centre of our commitment to sport at the school. And they play a vital part in the daily lives of our pupils. They also form a vital part of our enrichment program for primary schools and our income raising ability.

£120,000 will provide a new multi-use games area for the junior school, a resurfaced and slightly larger astroturf pitch for hockey and tennis as well as resurfaced and improved netball and hard surface tennis courts.

Whilst we are delighted to be able to make small improvements to our sporting facilities, our greatest ambition is to build an all-weather pitch providing a facility which the majority of other schools already have.   An all-weather pitch would give us all year round use for games, sports, athletics and for training which will help us to maintain our sporting reputation whilst raising income from its use. An all-weather pitch will cost in the region of £650,000.

Educational technology for learning

Research has shown that schools with sufficient digital resources achieve better results than those that are not well equipped. We are in danger of being left behind if we don’t continually keep our IT provision up to date. £5,000 will create an IT-enabled teaching room.

If you would like to help us by contributing to our Development plans please contact:

Rebecca Edgington – Development Assistant, Ackworth School, Pontefract Road, Ackworth, WF7 7LT

Tel: 01977 233 623  Email: rebecca.edgington@ackworthschool.com

Without your support none of this is possible.

Current capital campaigns

Tennis Court Lighting

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Target - £60,000

New court side lighting will ...

… continue the encouragment of playing tennis in the community , especially among girls and young women. It will allow the school and Ackworth Tennis club to train new coaches, host tennis matches and events, and bring the love of tennis and the fitness it provides to children from neighbourhood schools.  New lighting will ensure that tennis can be played year-round despite the daylight saving as the nights draw in through the winter. 

Tennis Outreach Program     

   

Back in June 2021, Ackworth School working in conjunction with the Tim Henman Foundation and Finding Your Spark invited 6 state primary schools from West Yorkshire to participate in a function at the school celebrating passion and love for tennis.  Without the Tim Henman foundation it would not have been possibility to put on this event and we are eternally grateful to how he has supported us over the last four years. 

“I’m proud and pleased to have helped host this event and walking around seeing children are having an amazing time it has a big impact on their physical well-being.” Sally Slater, Head of Coram House 

Read all about our Community Outreach success over on our Latest News > www.ackworthschool.com/tennis-award-nomination