Ackworth School’s purpose is to create a happy and secure environment in which all pupils realise and develop their own special abilities in constant awareness of the needs and claims of others.
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.
To help all pupils to progress at a pace appropriate to their age, aptitude, interests and ability, to achieve the best external examination results of which they are capable and to leave school equipped to lead a full and responsible life in the adult world.
To provide, and encourage the use of, the widest possible range of opportunities, e.g. sporting, creative and recreational, outside the formal curriculum.
To help pupils to grow in self-respect and to appreciate and enjoy the benefits of good health.
To encourage pupils to consider others before self, to look for the good in people and to be honest and trustworthy at all times.
To encourage service to others within and beyond school.
To provide, in conjunction with parents and guardians, care and support for pupils as they develop and mature.
To help pupils to value their fine surroundings and the work of those who maintain them and to extend their appreciation to an understanding of wider environmental issues.
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. The number and size of scholarships is at the discretion of the Head. The award of a scholarship will remain solely on merit.
The Ackworth admissions process is designed to ensure that the young person concerned would benefit from the opportunities of an Ackworth education.
An offer of a place at Ackworth depends on there being a vacancy in the relevant year group, the completion of the School’s own entrance examinations and a reference from the pupil’s previous school.
In the case of entry into the Sixth Form, conditional offers are made on the basis of a reference from the pupil’s current school and the achievement of appropriate grades at GCSE or equivalent.