Ackworth School

Academic Families works with more than 450 schools throughout the UK, and we have become experts at matching children to the right boarding school for them in order to ensure each student thrives.


We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
Ackworth Senior and Prep School in Yorkshire, England.


About Ackworth School

Mission statement

“The school aims to develop a well-integrated and self-disciplined community, with an international dimension, in which the values of Quakers are seen to underpin the school.”


Ackworth School takes great pride in its academic programme. The school offers a rich and varied curriculum, and pupils study towards GCSE and A Level exams. The school’s focus on academia is reflected in its impressive exam results. In 2022, more than 51% of A Level results were a grade B or higher. In the same year, more than 59% of GCSE grades were between A* and B. Additionally, the school supports its students through the Oxbridge Pathways Programme which helps students in applying to Russell Group universities or other competitive courses.

Activities & sports

Whilst academics is a key focus at Ackworth, the school recognises that co-curricular activities play a crucial role in a full, well-rounded education. For this reason, Ackworth offers many varied activities to ensure that every student can find something that they enjoy. These activities accommodate a wide range of interests – from art, drama and dance clubs to maths workshops and chess club.

Sport at Ackworth encourages fitness in students and supports their mental wellbeing. The school is proud of its broad range of sports for students to participate in, whether that be recreationally or competitively. Alongside squash and tennis, another sport the school excels at is football. Former English Premier League player Jamie Fullarton runs the school’s elite Football Academy for talented young footballers. Alongside the impressive state-of-the-art facilities that pupils have access to, aspiring footballers learn the skills and mindset needed to improve their game. Ackworth School’s Football Academy offers students exposure to professional football clubs so that talented young players may be recognised for their skill.

International student community

Ackworth School has welcomed international students for almost 150 years, and students from over 20 different countries currently make up around 10% of the student population. This brings a multicultural perspective to the school, encouraging tolerance and understanding in their already welcoming community.

For non-native English-speaking students, Ackworth offers an English learning support programme, enabling pupils to fully integrate into the student community and make the most of the education they receive at Ackworth.

Boarding life

Boarding at Ackworth allows students to make lifelong friends and become immersed in the school’s caring community. With almost half of boarders coming from overseas, students learn to live in a well-integrated, tight-knit community. Boarding facilities allow students to work and revise efficiently in the study rooms and relax with their friends in the shared spaces provided. Boarding also teaches students independence which is an important skill for whichever pathway they choose after school.

Ackworth School offers an extensive weekend programme filled with fun activities for boarding students. There are regular trips to visit local theatres, cinemas and towns and the school also organises a variety of exciting weekend workshops with expert instructors.


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