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  • Ackworth School
    Pontefract Road
    West Yorkshire
    WF7 7LT
  • Head: Mr Anton Maree
  • T 01977 233600
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 2. to 20.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Wakefield
  • Pupils: 495
  • Religion: Quaker
  • Fees: Day £10,551 - £11,795; Boarding £35,385 pa
  • Open days: September and May with bespoke visits available throughout the year on request
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What the school says...

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

Please come and visit us. We look forward to welcoming you to Ackworth.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

Performing arts specialist school


Unusual sports

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Special Education Needs

At Ackworth School, our dedicated SEND Faculty is there to help your child, whether they are identified with a special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) or just to go over a certain area of learning. It’s our aim to to ensure that pupils with SEND have the maximum opportunity to achieve and succeed in line with their peers. Timetable-adjustments, in-class or out of class support, and exam arrangements can, and are, frequently made to support a level playing field. Sometimes pupils just need some short interventions to understand a part of a subject that they are finding difficult to master. Others may need a higher level of adjustments in order to support them, their broader learning aims and their preparation for life and work. The pupil is central to the whole process. Prior information (reports etc) observations in the learning environment, appropriate assessments to identify need, and an in-depth discussion with both parent and child take place to ensure that a full picture of need is created. We work within an 'assess, plan, do, review' cycle. Learning and support is not static; it is critical that we assess, deliver and reflect on the support provided along the journey so that we can tailor it as required. Understandably, support can increase or decrease, dependent on re-assessment outcomes and other factors that may play a part in decisions along the journey. Support may be as simple as strategies to teachers who can scaffold learning in the classroom (Wave 1 support/Quality First Teaching), through to Wave 2 support (targeted interventions within the classroom) and on to Wave 3 support (highly personalised interventions, often with out of class time). Some pupils either have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or, if appropriate, apply for them with help from the head of learning support. An important part of the pupil’s journey may be adjustments to testing and examinations. Through the examination access arrangement process, a child may, following assessment, be granted extra time, a reader, scribe etc. While, through the assess, plan, do, review cycle, we will identify these needs throughout key stage 3, and discuss them with parents. We will assess at the end of 3rd form (year 9) to see if there is any continuing need for exam adjustments throughout a pupil’s GCSEs. Each child is unique and may require specific adjustments. The school also has an autism resource which provides education for 20 students taught individually and integrated as is appropriate to mainstream classes.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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