Ackworth School was founded in 1779 by John Fothergill on behalf of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the School Committee (or Board of Governors) is still accountable to this body. The School was established for Quaker boys and girls and the Quaker ethos, with its emphasis on quiet reflection and the search for God (or good) within oneself and within others, lies at the heart of the School.
Ackrowth have a broad range of clubs and societies, ranging from Art club to Orchestra and Yoga Click Here to learn more.
Ackworth has an International Centre specialising in the teaching of English as a second Language. The centre has three intakes per year; in September, January and April and there is a maximum of 12 students in the Centre at any one time.
The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department provides overseas students with extra help and support. For students in Yrs 7-11 the school provides at least four sessions of EAL each week. These groups typically consist of about 4 students. The school provides general English tuition which helps students develop their language skills and so cope better with life and study in Britain as well as preparing students to take Cambridge English exams (KET/PET/FCE) and General IELTS.
Ackworth has 510 Students with an average class size of 16
Sixth Form the School offers a range of academic A level courses, with almost all of our Sixth Formers choosing to apply to University to continue their education.
Ackworth School offers a two-year, terminally-assessed A-Level Programme, with almost all students opting to study for three A-Levels that are examined at the end of the Upper Sixth. Full details of options available and information on each of the Sixth Form courses can be found in the Sixth Form options booklet, which is available from the School or on the School website.
The School ensures that students are guided, with careers and university entrance in mind, towards choosing a sound platform of subjects where they can realise their potential.
Ackworth provides a broad academic curriculum allowing young people to gain solid foundations and to discover and develop their talents. In the first three years pupils follow a wide-ranging programme which includes, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Drama and Music, English, Food and Nutrition, French, Geography, German, History, Information Communication Technology, Mathematics, PE and Sport, Physics, Religious Studies and Spanish.
Most pupils study 9 subjects at GCSE. English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (2 or 3 GCSEs) are compulsory, and then an additional four option subjects are taken. All pupils also take PE and Games and Personal and Social Education.
The two Boarding Houses are staffed by teachers at the school, so that students have regular contact with staff throughout the day.
Day pupils in Years 7 to 10 are assigned two tutors who keep checks on the pupil’s academic progress, welfare and involvement in school life. They provide the bridge between School and home and are there to reassure and guide students as they progress through the School. Pupils have the same two tutors throughout their time in Years 4 and 5, which helps to ensure continuity of care and allows tutors to get to know their tutees very well. Sixth Formers have one tutor who acts as their mentor throughout the two-year course. This tutor plays a key role in helping with applications to university and other institutions of further education.
Flexible boarding is a popular option with busy parents. Students can take advantage of the benefits of staying overnight at School, which means that parents can go away on business or on holiday safe in the knowledge that their son or daughter will be well looked after.
Our School also encourages senior students to take on a caring role, whether through the Charity Committee or sharing a lunch table with their younger peers. Charity Week is organised by members of the Sixth Form and, each year, large sums of money are raised for two charities chosen by the students.
Ackworth offers support for pupils with mild SEN (Special Education Needs)- including support for pupils on the autistic spectrum and those with dyslexia or dyspraxia.
At Ackworth, they are keen to encourage dyslexic pupils to achieve highly and to organise teaching and learning so that all pupils make the best progress possible. Staff training is ongoing to ensure teaching is as ‘dyslexia friendly’ as possible and our specialist teacher is always available to support all pupils, staff and parents. If necessary, pupils can receive 1:1 or small group tuition from our qualified teacher, who will deliver a programme tailored to their needs. Learning support is a partnership between teachers and parents. They welcome any opportunity to improve the learning experience we offer for your child whatever their learning needs.