The origins of Akeley Wood School can be found in 1846, at Northgate School. Originally in Ipswich, this small boys’ preparatory establishment moved to Frinton-on-Sea, and subsequently to Portmeirion in Wales, before finding a home at the former private residence of Akeley Wood in its centenary year.

Initially restructured as a day school for boys and girls, with the later addition of the Nursery and Senior schools, the rapid growth of Akeley Wood in the 1980s and 1990s saw the School expand into additional premises at Wicken Park and Tile House Mansion.

Today Akeley Wood educates 850 students across these three sites, and is a family school where a traditional heart and contemporary vision can happily coalesce.

Our Aims:

  • We believe in the potential of every child.
  • We are committed to a safe and family friendly community that nurtures individual self-worth, well-being and sense of belonging.
  • We strive to develop the whole child.
  • We prepare children for the future instilling a lifelong love of learning modelling optimism and resilience.
  • We instil the Akeley values of courtesy, tolerance, consideration and respect.



Distinctively, at Akeley Wood we take children with a broad range of abilities, and we support them in recognising and achieving their personal goals. We do not expect them to conform to a certain mould; rather we encourage them to thrive in an environment where independence and individuality is celebrated. Our students are given the freedom to find their distinct voice, and to flourish in their diversity, ultimately becoming whoever they want to be.


Junior School Contact Numbers

General number
01908 571231
Admission number
01908 555803

Senior School Contact Numbers

General number
01280 860182
Admission number
01280 828122

Senior & Sixth Form Contact Numbers

General number
01280 814110
Admission number
01280 828122