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 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 and pupils the opportunity to explore what Ackworth School has to offer. From taking a tour around our fantastic grounds and facilities to meeting our supportive members of staff, it’s a great way to get a feel for life at Ackworth before making any decisions.
We know that choosing a place to study through senior school and sixth form can be a big choice, therefore our open event provides parents, pupils and school leavers the chance to discover study options, get to know more about the subjects we offer, chat with our dedicated team, take a look around our boarding accommodation and find out how Ackworth will bring out the best in any school experience.
Our open event also offers:
- A chance to speak to pupils
- Discussion opportunities with the head of the school, Anton Maree
- Opportunity to see our latest technology and equipment
- Information about opportunities beyond the school
- …and much more!
We look forward to welcoming you.
Ackworth Senior School. Children 11 to 16 years old
Ackworth provides a broad Senior School curriculum, designed to give young people solid academic foundations to discover and develop their interests and talents. Our expert teachers introduce new ideas with infectious enthusiasm that inspires a genuine interest in subjects and provides the best foundation for learning with understanding.
Ackworth School has embraced digital learning. All Senior School pupils receive an Apple iPad from the school in support of their studies. Come along to our next open day to see our spacious, well-equipped science laboratories, outstanding facilities for the arts, a first-class library, exceptional sports facilities and specialist ICT, design and technology suites, and discuss current entry requirement.
Ackworth Sixth Form. Young people 16 to 19 years old
We believe in inspiring our young people to develop their own views, opinions and aspirations. Sixth Form students are well prepared for life beyond school and given the skills to become resilient, confident, respectful individuals, ready to make a positive contribution to society.
Ackworth Sixth Form offers a range of academic A level courses, with almost all Sixth Formers choosing to apply to university to continue their education. The Oxbridge Pathways Programme is designed to support pupils in their applications to their chosen universities, whether it be a Russell Group university such as Oxford or Cambridge, or any other competitive course.
Although academic achievement is our primary concern, an extensive co-curricular and super-curricular programme encourages students to explore other interests and strike a healthy work-life balance. All Sixth Form students receive an Apple iPad and Apple Pencil from the school in support of study.
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 – a full approach to education
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 pupil 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.