Ages 2 to 18
Boarding 10 to 18
Full, weekly and flexible
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tel 01977 611401
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Ackworth School


Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF7 7LT


Ackworth has always been a co-educational, boarding and day school. For over 230 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.

Located in a beautiful rural setting in Yorkshire, we offer broad educational opportunities from nursery age to sixth form, for day pupils and boarders.
Some of these opportunities are:

  • proven academic performance
  • a safe and supportive atmosphere
  • the strength of quiet reflection
  • excellent sport, music, drama, visual arts and recreational facilities

Specifics we offer as a school:

  • Long term boarding education (more than one year)
  • Short term boarding education (one term to one year)
  • 2 year GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Foundation courses
  • 1 year iGCSE
  • Pre-A level course

Bursaries and Scholarships:

Ackworth School has, as one of its founding aims, to support ‘Friend’ children not in affluence.  The School today strives to support ‘Friend and non-Friend’ children who would benefit from an education at Ackworth School.

Ackworth School recognises the exceptional gifts and talents of young people through the award of scholarships. Therefore, scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit.  In cases of need, bursaries are available but they are all means tested. The School will consider applications to supplement a scholarship with a bursary. The number and size of scholarships is at the discretion of the Head. The award of a scholarship will remain solely on merit in any of the categories described below and the financial implications of this award will be a fee remission of 5% of the annual day fee.

The School does not have a foundation scholarship or bursary fund. The School has a limited amount of bursary funding held in trust. It also has access, along with the other Friends’ Schools, to the Joint Bursary Scheme which provides some support for applications from members of the Society of Friends.  All other support for scholarships and bursaries is derived from the annual fee income and this imposes a restriction on the amount of funding available for scholarships and bursaries in any given year.

Please come and visit us. I look forward to welcoming you to Ackworth.

Anton Maree