approx. 500 as of 2016
+44 1977 611401
Pontefract Rd, Ackworth, Pontefract WF7 7LT, United Kingdom
Non sibi sed omnibus; (Not for oneself but for all)
Ackworth School is an independent school located in the village of High Ackworth, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. It is one of eight Quaker Schools in England. The school (or more accurately its Head) is a member of the Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference and SHMIS The Head is Anton Maree, who took over at the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year. The Deputy Heads are Guy Emmett and Jeffrey Swales.
The school has a nursery that takes children aged 2 1/2 to 4, a Junior Department that takes children age 5 to 11, and the Senior School for students aged 11 to 18. The boarding facilities cater for Senior School pupils only.
Originally it was a boarding school for Quaker children. Today most of the school's pupils are day pupils. About half of the boarding pupils are from overseas, and are predominantly Asian, although there are increasing numbers of boarders from other countries, particularly Eastern Europe.
Most of today's pupils are not Quakers, but the school retains a strong Quaker ethos and is able to offer means-tested Bursary awards to children from Quaker and non-Quaker families. There is a very short Quaker-style silence at assembly and before meals. Once a week the School meets for a longer Meeting for Worship.
Ackworth School Wikipedia
The school was founded by John Fothergill and others in 1779 as a boarding school for Quaker boys and girls. Prior to the school's foundation, the buildings housed a foundling hospital created by Thomas Coram.
On 15 December 1959, the school was granted a coat of arms by the Kings of Arms. Its coat of arms is made of the white rose of Yorkshire ("barbed and seeded"), acorns ("slipped" — which means "with a bit of stalk"), and the lamb, which is a device shown on the arms of the Foundling Hospital. It also features the school motto — Non sibi sed omnibus ("Not for oneself but for all").
The school has four houses: Woolman, Gurney, Penn and Fothergill. Penn, Gurney and Woolman were all famous Quakers, and John Fothergill was the founder of the school. Every pupil is assigned to one of the four houses at the start of their time at the school for inter-house events, which include sport, music, drama, poetry and art.
Students are also divided for meals according to their houses.
The school uniform consists of grey trousers, grey socks, light blue shirt, navy school tie, and navy-blue jumper for boys, and navy skirt, blue-and-white-striped blouse, and navy jumper for girls.
The sixth form boys wear a white shirt and grey trousers with a burgundy jumper or black jacket, while sixth-form girls wear a white blouse and Navy skirt with a burgundy jumper.
The school has a strong musical tradition. In 1995, a purpose-built music facility was built on the site of one of the old boarding houses, comprising a recital hall with seating for 180, 14 practice rooms, 2 classrooms, a music library and a recording studio. Summer schools are sometimes held there during school holidays.
Boarders live in separate boys' and girls' boarding houses. Until 1997, the school timetable included Saturday morning lessons, leaving Wednesday afternoons free, providing a more-balanced week for boarders. The changing demographic of the school has led to this being phased out.
When students reach the sixth form, they are all allocated a shared or single study in designated areas. There are two study blocks for Lower Sixth (known as the West Wing Studies and the Old Art Block), and two for Upper Sixth (known as the Fothergill Studies and the Old Library). Sixth formers have free periods during which they are encouraged to study. Students must stay within school premises during these free periods.
Each year in the week before October half term is Ackworth's Charity Week. Two charities, one national and one international, are chosen for which the school then raises money through a series of events. Included within these events are cake stalls, auctions, concerts and the sale of doughnuts and hot dogs. One event involves putting sixth formers in stocks and allowing younger students to throw water at them.
One of the most-popular events of Charity Week is the staff/sixth-form entertainment. The sixth form and certain members of staff are encouraged to prepare a series of sketches to entertain younger students. In the middle of the event, a fund-raising activity occurs, where the sixth form raise money from the other students.
On the Thursday of Charity Week the school celebrates Founder's Day, the day on which in 1779 the school was founded. The whole school gathers in the Meeting House and sings the Founder's Day Hymn before each year group departs on a day trip, usually a walk.
In 2007, the National Quaker Choral Festival was held at the school, where pupils from Quakers schools all over England came to sing in a large choir to Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man".
On 28 March 2009, the Bridge Film Festival — which had been held at Brooklyn Friends School, located in Brooklyn, New York, for the last nine years — was held at the school. It is a Quaker film festival in which students make a film which is judged and prizes are awarded. The school entered the 2008 festival, sending several students to Brooklyn Friends School to witness the festival. For the 2009 festival, student Simon Waldock prepared a film about the history of the school; the film involved an interview with a former scholar from the 1950s. The film did not win but was commended by judges.
The school's former pupils are called Ackworth Old Scholars. There is an active Old Scholars Association, with an annual Easter gathering in the school. Notable Old Scholars include:Kweku Adoboli (born 1980), investment banker, convicted in the 2011 UBS rogue trader scandal
Henry Ashby (1846–1908), paediatrician
Henry Ashworth (1794–1880), cotton master
John Gilbert Baker (1834–1920), botanist
Geoffrey Barraclough (1908–1984), historian
James Bevans (1777-1832) engineer and architect
Sir Henry Binns (1837–1899), prime minister of Natal, 1897–1899
Veronica Bird OBE; retired Prisons governor.
William Arthur Bone (1871–1938), chemist fuel technologist
Henry Bowman Brady (1835–1891), naturalist and pharmacist
John Bright (1811–1889), politician
Basil Bunting (1900–1985), poet
Peter Christopherson (born 1955), musician, video director and designer
William Marshall Cooper (1833–1921), civil engineer, artist, surveyor and cartographer
Susanna Corder (1787–1864), educationist and Quaker biographer
Alfred Darbyshire (1839–1908), architect
William Darton (1781–1854), publisher
Philip J Day (born 1959), documentary filmmaker
Henry Doubleday (1810–1902), starch manufacturer and comfrey cultivator
William Farrer Ecroyd (1827–1915), worsted manufacturer and politician
George Edmondson (1798–1863), headmaster of Queenwood Hall
Thomas Edmondson (1792–1851), inventor of the first railway-ticket printing machine
Sarah Stickney Ellis (1799–1872), writer and educationist
James Fearnley (born 1954), musician and member of The Pogues
Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1871–1928), heraldist
Francis Frith (1822–1898), photographer
Eva Gilpin (1868–1940), founder and headmistress of the Hall School in Weybridge
Thomas Hancock (1783–1849), physician and epidemiologist
Thomas Harvey (1812–1884), chemist and philanthropist
William Howitt (1792–1879), writer
Sir Joseph Hutchinson (1902–1988), geneticist and professor of agriculture
Deborah Layton (born 1953), survivor of the Jonestown Massacre and author of Seductive Poison
Thomas Lister (1810–1888), poet and naturalist
William Allen Miller (1817–1870), chemist
John Howard Nodal (1831–1909), journalist and dialectologist
Jacob Post (1774–1855), Quaker religious writer
John Priestman (1805–1866), worsted manufacturer and pacifist
Jane Procter (1810–1882), headmistress of Polam Hall, Darlington; and temperance campaigner
Sir James Reckitt (1833–1924), starch, blue and polish manufacturer
Anna Richardson (1806–1892), philanthropist, abolitionist and pacifist
Henry Richardson (1806–1885), philanthropist and pacifist
Elizabeth Robson (1771–1843), Quaker minister
Sanil Sachar, (1992-) Noted Indian author and poet
John Henry Salter (1862–1942), naturalist and diarist
Joseph Sams (1784–1860), bookseller and antiquities dealer
Prof Rudolph Schaffer (21/7/26-23/2/08) Eminent Developmental Psychologist escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 on the kindertransport.Both of his parents died in Concentration Camps
Jane Smeal (1801-1888), abolitionist
Sir Arthur Snelling (1914–1996), diplomat
Joseph Southall (1861–1944), painter and pacifist
Patric Standford; bn 5/2/39 died 23/4/14. Musical composer
Peter Strevens (1922–1989), linguistic scholar
Henry Tennant (1823–1910), general manager of the North Eastern Railway, 1870–1891
Kathleen Tillotson (1906–2001), literary scholar
Thomas Thomasson (1808–1876), cotton master
Samuel Tuke (1784–1857), philanthropist and asylum reformer
Benjamin Barron Wiffen (1794–1867), biographer
Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen (1792–1836), poet and translator
James Willstrop (born 1983), squash player
James Wilson (1805–1860), economist, founder of The Economist, politician, and financial member of the Council of India, 1859–1860
Fiona Wood (born 1958), burns-treatment pioneer, Australian of the Year
Thomas William Worsdell (1838–1916), steam-locomotive engineer
Wilson Worsdell (1850–1920), railway engineer