Founded in 1779 in the village of Ackworth (3 miles from Pontefract). It has an estate of some 250 acres, including a magnificent Grade I listed Georgian block, spacious gardens and playing fields. There are many modern facilities and new buildings including a sports hall, music centre and theatre. Through a school council and a sixth-form council, the pupils can make their views felt and there are strong bonds with the local community. It is a Quaker foundation and the Quaker Christian ethos, with its emphasis on quiet reflection and the search for God within oneself and within others, lies at the heart of the school. It was founded as a co-educational school; a family atmosphere prevails and this is much encouraged. Examination results are very good and almost all sixth formers go on to degree courses. A wide range of clubs and activities is offered and high standards are achieved in sport. Music and drama are particular strengths. There is very active involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.