School DescriptionAs the oldest independent co-educational boarding school in the UK, Ackworth School is steeped in history. The school was founded in 1779 by John Fothergill, a prominent Quaker, who was well respected for making significant advances in science and medicine. Quakers are well known for their tolerance, their emphasis on peace, and their honesty and simplicity, and these principles still form part of the fabric of the school, today, Ackworth is a rich tapestry of beliefs and origins. Most students are from non-Quaker families and the international flavour of the school, especially in the Sixth Form, is another of Ackworth’s distinctive features. With world-class teaching and modern classroom facilities, the school has a firm standing as one of the finest educational establishments in the north of England, so it is little wonder that it also has an outstanding academic reputation both in the UK and around the world.
The school’s beautiful grounds play a key role in the school’s unique learning experience. Expansive and tranquil spaces in the Yorkshire countryside provide the perfect setting for contemplation, play and for students to enjoy the company of friends. The school is extremely well-resourced and pupils enjoy the advantages of having spacious, well-equipped Science laboratories, outstanding Art, Music and Drama facilities, a first-class library, and specialist ICT and Design and Technology suites. The excellent sporting facilities include 16 acres of playing fields, an all-weather AstroTurf training pitch, tennis courts, netball courts, a sports hall, a dance hall, an indoor 30-metre swimming pool, a gymnasium and a fitness suite. The Music Centre’s 180 seat recital hall offers a fantastic venue for the diverse range of chamber groups, workshops, choirs, bands and orchestras.
Sports and Arts
Sport is an important part of life at Ackworth School and pupils of all abilities are encouraged to develop a sporting interest, whether within the timetable or as an extra-curricular activity. It’s all about getting active and involved, because participating in competitive sports including soccer, netball, hockey, badminton, cricket and tennis is a great way to make new friends, work together and stay fit. The school also believes that art stimulates creativity and imagination so all students are encouraged to try their hand at Design, Art, Music, Textiles, Cookery, and Drama, both inside and outside the classroom. Students also have a choice of over 70 lunchtime and after-school activities including the junior school band, gardening club and a variety of energising pursuits including dance, gymnastics, aerobics, and indoor climbing.
Dormitories and Student Life
British and overseas students flourish in Ackworth School’s boarding community, where they enjoy an integrated education and social life and benefit from the enriching opportunity to share a room with someone from another cultural background. There are separate boarding houses for boys and girls, each with comprehensive care, guidance and support appropriate to the age of the pupils. Most boarders share a room with one or two other students and enjoy a tight-knit family atmosphere with a wide age range and a strong international mix. Resident staff do everything they can to make boarders feel at home and are available at all times, whilst other staff including the Head and Deputy Head live on site. Boarding pupils explore new horizons outside the classroom too, with relaxed day trips to places of cultural interest, a full programme of after-school and weekend activities for British and international students alike. The school has four houses: Woolman, Gurney, Penn and Fothergill. Every student is assigned to one of the four houses at the start of their time at the school for inter-house events and competitions which include sport, music, drama, poetry and art.
- 280 acres Campus Size
- 10% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?No
Student PopulationCoEd - School for both genders
Average Class Size12
English as Second Language (ESL) Support AvailableYes
Accepting Students in Grades6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Other - Eligibility Requirements?Students should apply through Educatius.
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