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Ackworth School was founded as a boarding school for Quaker boys and girls in 1779. Today it has 580 boys and girls of many different faiths aged 2-18. It has a truly international feel, as 90 of the pupils are boarders coming from a dozen or so countries. The Quaker ethos of looking for the good in people, encouraging the individual and making time each day for periods of quiet reflection still lies very much at the heart of the School. At the same time, Ackworth is academically very successful and has a multitude of extra-curricular activities
Since its foundation in 1779, Ackworth has always been a mixed boarding school and currently about one-third of the Senior School boards. There are separate boarding houses for boys and girls, each with comprehensive care, guidance and support appropriate to the age of the pupils.
Ackworth has developed a flexible approach to boarding in response to parental and student needs. Some students only go home for the three main holidays, others go home most weekends. Some board for the whole of their time at Ackworth, others board for perhaps one or two years. About half of the boarders are from overseas, the rest come from many different parts of the UK. Some board at Ackworth because it is a Quaker School and/or their parents came here, others are first generation boarders who perhaps board because both parents work and boarding saves them spending a great deal of time driving to and from school.
Most boarders share a bedroom with one or two other students. There are common rooms for playing table tennis, watching television and other such activities or for simply having a chat over a cup of coffee and a piece of toast. Resident staff are available at all times and other staff, including the Head and Deputy Head, live on site. We cannot replace parents but we do everything we can to make boarders feel at home. The boarders learn to live in a tightly knit community with a wide age range and a strong international mix. There has to be give and take, and older students provide a helping and supportive hand. All of this is immensely valuable but, above all, many boarders simply find boarding fun.
Boarding helps students to focus on study. Time and energy are not wasted on travel and boarders have access to the School's excellent library late into the evening and throughout the weekend.
Sixth Form boarders have shared studies as well as their bedrooms and some day scholars switch to boarding in the Sixth Form. They do this partly to take full advantage of the facilities for study and social interaction offered by the School and partly to gain a degree of independence which will prepare them for living away from home when they go to university.
Services for International Students
The International Centre is for students of Sixth Form age (16-19) who need intensive help with their written and spoken English before starting their Advanced Level studies. The students are taught by specialist staff in small groups and spend part of the week integrated with senior school pupils. There is also an extensive programme of visits to places of interest in the locality. The students have study bedrooms in the School's two boarding houses, one for boys and one for girls, where again there is the opportunity to mix with students from outside the International Centre.
We offer a full-time course of up to one year which usually leads on to A level study, either at Ackworth or elsewhere. Before entry into our Sixth Form, students are required to pass our internal English exam, with a view to completing IELTS over the following two years. Such a qualification is necessary for entry to an English University.
The weekend and activities programme offers opportunities to mix with all students in the School and to sample some of our rich heritage and culture. There are also opportunities to socialise, relax and just have fun.
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