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Ackworth School

Ackworth School is a co-educational independent boarding school, providing education to pupils aged 3-18 in West Yorkshire. REQUEST INFORMATION..
KEY INFORMATION: Ackworth School offers a GCSE & A Level curriculum. They deliver a strong IELTS & EAL for international students. Full boarding is offered on site in their High Ackworth grounds, catering to both UK & international students. Ackworth school has an established Special Education Needs (SEN) provision specialising in dyslexic and autism learning differences. Read more below ...
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LOCATION: Ackworth is based in a rural setting near the town of Pontefract in Yorkshire. It is approximately 66 miles from Manchester international airport and the school will arrange pick ups from the airport. REQUEST INFORMATION..
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HISTORY: 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.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR: Ackrowth have a broad range of clubs and societies, ranging from Art club to Orchestra and Yoga Click Here to learn more.
ENGLISH SUPPORT: 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.
SIZE: Ackworth has 510 Students with an average class size of 16
POST-16 QUALIFICATIONS: 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.
PRE-16 QUALIFICATIONS: 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.
ACCOMMODATION: The two Boarding Houses are staffed by teachers at the school, so that students have regular contact with staff throughout the day.
PASTORAL: 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.
SEN: 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.
‘I learnt how to study here, not just in terms of learning about subjects, but also about Teamwork and spending my time efficiently. I became a more independent learner, if I am curious I do research and think about it, which will be absolutely essential in the future. Whenever I had a questions that I could not find the answer to on my own, teachers helped me by explaining it until I did. Cambridge is a good place to study. The city is quiet and peaceful, you are also motivated by the colleges of the University of Cambridge and the intelligent students here.” Haedam from Korea, from Korea - University of Oxford Studied at: Ackworth School
Ackworth has always been a co-educational, boarding and day school. For over 240 years, we have maintained a passion for teaching and learning. We are proud of our traditions and family values, but equally proud of our innovative approach to co-education. Ackworth is a dynamic and forward-thinking school. We strive to develop resilient individuals who not only think creatively, but also act ethically and with responsibility. We encourage our students to express themselves with confidence, to embody the Quaker value of speaking respectfully to others, but also in a way that is true to themselves and their beliefs. Ackworth school has a wide after-school Clubs and Societies Programme which supports the academic curriculum. All students are expected to be involved in at least two of these per week. The school does not have any Exeat weekends when all Boarders must leave the campus and also does not support a Combined cadet force. Anton Maree (Head) -
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