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    Welcome Back

    6th September 2018
    A warm welcome to the 2018 / 2019 academic year – this is going to be an incredible year for us at Akeley.  Mr Antwis’ feet are firmly under his desk (that’s metaphorically speaking as he is not often at his desk!) and his team of teaching and support staff are champing at the bit to get into the swing of school life.  Every class
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    Business Studies and Economics

    24th August 2018
    The Business Studies and Economics department have been busy with end of Year exams this term, which is the culmination of a very productive year.  We have been enormously proud of the mature way in which Year 9 handled their first set of GCSE assessments. They have since been working in small groups to create and brand a new ‘ready meal’ akin to ‘The Apprentice’
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    History and Polictics

    24th August 2018
    Our Year 7 Historians have busily battled their way through the history of medieval times. They enthusiastically re-enacted the Battle of Hastings on our back lawn and tried their best to kill me on the stone spiral staircase! They’ve worked tremendously hard to develop their skills as History Detectives. We are now excitedly anticipating our trip to Warwick Castle. Our Year 8 Historians have been
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    Modern Foreign Languages

    24th August 2018
    Languages
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    GCSE Results Day 2018

    23rd August 2018
    Students at Akeley Wood School are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, with more than a third of grades exceeding 7+ or A**/A compared to 20% nationally. 96% of grades are at the new grade 4+ or above compared to 66.9% nationwide and 15% of students secured at least one of the new top grade 9s - with many achieving straight 8/9 grades. We are particularly
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    A Level Results Day 2018

    22nd August 2018
    Students at Akeley Wood School continue the School's tradition of achieving strong A Level results. O.Young and C.Davey-Turner achieved straight A*/A grades and will read Physics and Astro Physics at Exeter University and Computer Science at Leeds University respectively. Callum has secured a coveted sponsored university place with PwC. There were many notable successes for individual departments, including Chemistry which achieved 100% A*/B and Sports
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    Musicians, Melodies and More!

    7th August 2018
    Yet another fantastic Akeley Musician of the Year was held at the Radcliffe Centre earlier this term. Performers wowed the audience with a wide variety of performances, from Baroque vocal works, Chamber Music and even Alice Coopers ‘Poison’ on the electric guitar. All performances were exceptional. Well done to all of our talented musicians.
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    A Bite in Time

    7th August 2018
    Year 9 Business Studies students have been working on a project this term where students are required to create, brand, package and target a ready meal. They firstly presented to their business studies group, then the winners from the two different business groups went 'head to head' in a little competition in the Billiard Room. Here they presented to a small group of teachers 'Dragons Den' stylee!
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    Folk in the Dome

    7th August 2018
    On Thursday 14th June Tile House Mansion dome was transformed into a mini folk festival, all thanks to the Joe Broughton Folk Ensemble, a 50 piece orchestra from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, specialising in folk music. Students took part in a morning workshop, where they played or sang with the ensemble culminating in a performance piece. We were then treated to an afternoon concert by
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    Commission for GCSE Art Student

    7th August 2018
    Post GCSE’s Art Student Lewis took on a commission to paint all three of the stunning Akeley Wood School houses. He spent two weeks in the preparation and painting of a 5 panel acrylic and ink masterpiece which measures an epic 3mx85cm. It is to be hung in the entrance to the sixth form. It is an incredible achievement and a superb piece of painting. Well Done
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    Layers of colour, ink, wax and pastels

    6th August 2018
    On Tues 12th and Wed 13th June Annemarie Cadman came in to run a couple of workshops for the Art Department.  Over the two days Years 9, 10 and 12 benefitted from a whirlwind of colour and a great range of techniques.  Annemarie's work is based on layering a variety of media; inks, screen printing inks, pastels, wax resist and stencils.  The students enjoyed an
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    Anthony Nolan Trust

    1st August 2018
    This year, 3 different teams of students have worked towards fundraising and planning for events for our chosen charity, Anthony Nolan. Anthony Nolan is a charity for those in need of an urgent bone marrow transplant. It all began in 1974, with her 3-year-old son in need of an urgent bone marrow transplant, Shirley Nolan set up the world’s first register to match donors with
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    Woodfest 2018

    12th July 2018
    Music Festival Woodfest 2018
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    Creative Arts and Design Technology Exhibition

    9th July 2018
    The week commencing 18th June, saw the return of the Akeley’s annual Creative Arts and Design Technology exhibition to Akeley Wood House. The exhibition kick-started with a preview evening on Tuesday 19th, where guests could enjoy drinks and canapés whilst viewing the superb work from our students. The exhibition showcased pupil work from art, textiles, photography and design technology and ranged from years 6 –
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    Fundraising at the Senior School

    6th July 2018
    Fund Raising Anthony Nolan Trust
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    Sports Day

    27th June 2018
    Sports Day
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    Fathers Day Breakfast

    15th June 2018
    This week Mrs Silver and staff welcomed our Year 7 and Year 8 fathers and grandfathers in for breakfast. Precious time in the busy working week to sit and enjoy a breakfast with their fathers,  pupils  were joined by form tutors and  the Head Teacher , Mr Simon Antwis.
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    GCSE and A Levels well underway

    8th June 2018
    Exams are well underway at the senior school #GCSE Our exams teams have been very impressed with the focus that students are giving to each and every exam. Meanwhile the revision continues!
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    New Year 7s Social at Tile House Mansion

    8th June 2018
    THM Social New Year 7s
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    Teens Mental Health

    8th June 2018
    Teens Mental Health Talk
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    Inter-house Challenge

    1st June 2018
    Inter House Day
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    Year 3 & Year 4 Frontier Trip

    31st May 2018
    Children from Lower KS2 had a fantastic time at the Frontier Centre!  Hopefully, you've been keeping up with our exploits on the school's Twitter feed. 
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    Year 5 Bushcraft Trip

    31st May 2018
    At the beginning of the month, Year 5 had the opportunity to spend 3 nights camping at Boughton Woods. The pupils took part in a variety of different activities throughout the day such as: Archery, Tomahawk throwing and bow and arrow tag. 
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    Independent Schools Association Athletics competition

    23rd May 2018
    On Monday 21st May, a group of athletes from Akeley Wood attended the Independent Schools Association, for the Midlands qualifier. Thirty-three students ranging from Year 7 to Year 10 took part in a variety of track and field events. It was a very successful day with many students finishing top three in their events. A special mention to the students who won their events, resulting
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    Duke Of Edinburgh Award Scheme

    22nd May 2018
    Last weekend, in a very sunny White Peak District, Derbyshire, 55 year 10 students undertook their DofE Bronze Assessment expedition. Setting off at 7.30am from Akeley Wood House, spirits were high in anticipation of their two days of walking and a night of under the stars. After dropping them off at one the starting points, students walked in teams for 4 - 6 hours, before
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    Royal Wedding Pinic

    18th May 2018
    Year 1 hosted a fantastic Royal Wedding Picnic for the Junior School today.
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    Visit from the Emergency Services

    18th May 2018
    This week the children have been visited by the emergency services.
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    Outdoor Classroom Day at AWJS

    17th May 2018
    We already love outdoor learning but today we fully embraced #OutdoorClassroomDay at the Junior School.
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    Mastering the Marathon

    9th May 2018
    Marathon 2018
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    Year 6 Orientation Day

    9th May 2018
    Year 6 Orientation Day
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    Year 12 Geography Fieldtrip

    9th May 2018
    Year 12 fieldtrip Devon
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    Year 11 DofE Assessments

    8th May 2018
    DofE Peak District
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    Year 6 Orientation Day

    8th May 2018
    With the sun most definitely shining, we were delighted to welcome Year 6 to Tile House Mansion on Thursday 19th April for another chance to explore their new school.  Orientation activities were led by our THM Prefects, and the children raced around the building finding the answers to clues and questions which would help them not only find their way around the site, but also
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    U12 Tennis Player of the Year

    4th May 2018
    A huge congratulations to Ashton Gallimore from Akeley Wood Senior School, who won the U12 Player of the Year Award at Stony Stratford Tennis Club! Ashton was presented his trophy in front of friends and family at the club's tennis presentations. Well done Ashton, good work - we're all very proud of you.
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    Treading the Boards

    10th April 2018
    Senior School performers transported its visitors to 1920’s Chicago, “a time of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery”. Facing the death penalty they fight for fame, the press' attention, and a spot as the states most famous murderess. Rehearsing for this production since September, during enriched curriculum, after school and on weekends pupils were finally able to show off all of their hard
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    Geography at the Senior School

    3rd April 2018
    On 1st December, Year 12 enjoyed an interesting trip to the annual A Level Tectonics Conference in London. They were joined by 1,500 other A Level students and were treated to a range of presentations from some of the country’s top A Level tectonics specialists, including Iain Stewart. At the beginning of term, Year 11 embarked on their fieldwork trip to Snowdonia where they undertook river
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    Forest School End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    The cold and wet weather has not stopped us going out to Forest School this Spring term. We are continuing to explore our Woodland and discovering new interests.  All lessons are totally child led and with the help of activity sheets, children are able to choose activities which interested them. Our storytelling chair was used greatly during National Storytelling Week and all children really enjoyed
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    Food Technology End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    In the last couple of weeks children have been finishing their Spring topics and have completed a written assessment on health and safety points and facts about ingredients. Year 1 & 2 have completed making healthier options for a lunchbox and completed a sheet about making the right decisions when it comes to food and how to look at products' colour coding system for sugar,
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    Music End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    Happy Easter from the AWJS Music Department! We’ve had a really busy term… let’s have a look at some of the highlights. January Year 4 Trumpet Concerts : “It was exciting to be able to play in a concert having only learned the trumpet for a short time.” Andrew, Year 4 Young Voices at the 02 Arena: “What an experience! Singing to all those people
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    ICT End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    Spring Term in the ICT lab has been a mix of movies and data as we extend our knowledge of green screen movie making and then gather and analyse information. Year 6 created their own films using the green screen while Year 5 created weather forecasts. Year 4 programmed in Scratch, creating a paint program, while Year 3 programmed in Kodu creating their own game
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    MFL End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    This half term has been a busy one in the MFL department.  Year 1 have been learning how to say the colours and numbers and have played lots of language games to help them gain a sound knowledge of the vocabulary. In Year 2 the children have been learning how to talk about the rooms in their houses in French. This week they created their
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    Art End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    We have had as much fun as ever in the Art Room this term. Year 6 printed cupcakes inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. Issy S. explained: ‘I like to print in Art lessons because we can choose different colours for the print and then cut up our block and choose what colour to overlap it with.’ Nicole exclaimed: ‘It’s been the best Art year I’ve ever
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    Girls' Games End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    The Yr 6 girls have had a mixture of results this term and both teams have really stepped up their level of netball. The girls had two great wins against Chesham Prep and narrowly lost to Chandlings earlier on in the term. The Yr 5 teams also learnt a lot this term, the level of netball and the amount of fixtures have increased since Yr
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    Boys Sports End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    Another action packed term, although a term where we lost quiet a few fixtures and festivals due to the weather. Despite that again I witnessed some great results and plenty of development. What was pleasing in the Football this term, was that the teams wanted to get the ball down and play. No more keeper getting the ball down the other end as quick as
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    Year 6 End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    As the Spring sunshine starts to finally shine upon us and our Spring Term comes to an end; the Year 6 pupils have been reflecting on the highlights of yet another busy term. Commencing with the rearranged Year 5 and 6 Carol Concert, a plethora of sport fixtures, the trip to the Super League Netball game and the WASPs Netball training session (for the girls),
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    Year 5 End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    It has been another busy term in Year 5. After the Christmas holiday the children settled back quickly into their routines and started working hard. In Topic, we have been studying the Romans. As part of this study, a Roman company came to visit for the whole day. The children got to experience and handle Roman artefacts and a few lucky children were chosen to
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    Year 4 End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    Spring Term has been a busy term of learning for the Year 4 children!  They have studied Anglo-Saxons historically and geographically.  They have been writing their own legends based on Beowulf.  Learnt lots about organisms, food chains and habitats and also studied about investment and money in PSHCE.  Furthermore, there have been lots of galas, tournaments, competitions and performances both inside and outside of school. 
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    Year 3 End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    Year 3 have had a busy term. The children started off with a Big Bang visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford to investigate costume and pattern, they have taken part in matches, galas and performances and carried out exciting experiments during Science Week as well as continuing with their learning across the curriculum. Here are some of the Year 3 reflections: “I really
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    Year 2 End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    Year Two have had a really exciting term. The discovery of dragon eggs in Forest School has led this term's English work, writing newspaper reports and writing non-chronological texts about dragons. Science and Topic have been closely linked with one another by continuing to look at significant individuals whilst carrying out similar experiments to what our famous people discovered. This topic has also been carried
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    Year 1 End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    Isabella – I love writing about sunflowers, I had never grown flowers before. Zachary – I like reading my school books because I love getting better at reading. Leonardo – In French we have drawn some Easter bunnies, my favourite French colour is bleu. Ellie – I like doing choir and music because I love singing and learning new songs. Thomas – Maths lessons are
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    Reception End of Term News

    3rd April 2018
    Leni – My favourite thing has been having Afternoon Tea. We had jam on scones and I liked drinking the tea.Ava – I liked World Book Day as I came as Alice in Wonderland. Gracie – I enjoyed our trip to Waddesdon Manor. I liked going down the big slide. Fletcher – I have enjoyed making things using the large wooden blocks. I have made
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    Review of the Term From Nursery

    3rd April 2018
    January The Butterflies were still very excited about space and enjoyed exploring the space toys and using different textures to create a perfect moon like sand. It was great to come back after the Christmas break and listen to everyone's adventures. The Caterpillars enjoyed playing with the role play food and having a tea party with their friends. After the Christmas break, the Ladybirds enjoyed
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    Big Bang Fair

    3rd April 2018
    On Friday, 16th March Year 9 travelled to the NEC in Birmingham to participate in the Big Bang Fair 2018. The day kicked-off with a stage show, with Sofia testing her concentration against a seven year old.  and Joshua participated in an elephant’s toothpaste experiment. As well as this, there were explosions, opera singers and giant balls! We were then given 1 ½ hours to
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    Pitt Rivers Trip

    29th March 2018
    Roan When I walked into the Pitt Rivers Museum my first impression was ‘WOW’. The first thing I saw was the huge towering totem pole at the back. My favourite section of the exhibits was the mask section because they were both weird and scary. I would definitely recommend the museum because it is so inspirational. Jonte My first impression of the Pitt Rivers Museum
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    Music at the Senior School

    26th March 2018
    Big Bang Theory
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    Spa and Spend Evening

    15th March 2018
    Once again we are delighted to be hosting our charity Spa and Spend fundraising event for the Anthony Nolan Trust, at Akeley Wood House, on Thursday 22nd March between 5-9pm. On the night, retailers will be offering many unique products, from jewellery and handbags to cards and candles. All ideal gifts or treats for you and your home! A selection of beauty therapists will also
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    Sixth Form Launch

    14th March 2018
    Sixth Form
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    Student Council

    20th February 2018
    Student Council
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    Valentines Assembly

    19th February 2018
    This morning at Tile House Mansion 7DJD launched the round of form assemblies for this half of term. As St Valentine’s Day had been celebrated during the half term, they decided to share more about this special day, opening with the song ‘All you need is love’ All members of the form confidently presented to the rest of Year 7 reading with clarity, despite it
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    Year 7 French

    8th February 2018
    Year 7 French pupils worked extremely hard on their End of Unit assessments yesterday, so were rewarded with a quick game of Kloo. This was their first attempt at the game and will definitely not be their last. Kloo is a language learning, competitive card game, in which players earn points for creating sentences in French (or Spanish) and translating them (http://kloogame.com/). We have a few decks of Kloo
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    MCS Oxford – Sunday 4th February

    8th February 2018
    The U15 7's team attended the MCS Oxford tournament on Sunday 4th February. With the weather holding off, it looked to be a promising day for rugby. The team started well, beating a strong Portsmouth Grammar School 21-15. An excellent show and go by Oliver Topley secured the first win of the day.   The next match against MCS Oxford was a physical encounter. Unfortunately we lost Harry
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    Young Voices

    8th February 2018
    Last Monday, Akeley pupils jetted off to the O2 Arena in London.
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    Spanish in Year 7

    6th February 2018
    As part of the End of Unit in Spanish Year 7 have learnt about physical and personality descriptions. Pupils have created WANTED Posters about their favourite Actor, singer, rugby player, F1 driver etc. When describing certain aspects of their chosen personality students sought assistance to find some descriptions, using iPads and referring to  www.wordreference.com to find the correct translation. One of the new words: A "six pack” which in Spanish
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    Duke of Edinburgh Ambassadors

    31st January 2018
    Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
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    Colours in French

    26th January 2018
    Having learnt colours in French, our Year 7 students produced some beautiful pieces of artwork for a competition. Well done to the prize-winners: 1st place - Hope 2nd place - Zara 3rd place - Hattie and Inaya
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    Student led Masterclass

    26th January 2018
    This term Will Harris, a Year 12 historian, visited a Year 9 lesson to run a ‘masterclass’ on Lenin and the October Revolution. Will has been studying this topic for his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and has completed a significant amount of research and wider reading, through which he has amassed a wealth of knowledge on his specialist topic. For Will, the masterclass was an
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    Year 7

    26th January 2018
    7MST built models of satellites in Science as part of their exploration of Space.  They identified essential components and their functions on the satellite and recreated them with suitable, recycled objects and materials.
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    Duke of Edinburgh Award comes to Tile House Mansion 

    26th January 2018
    As one of the largest centres in the county, Akeley Wood School offers all three Awards and we are proud to be able to see students through from their first ever Expedition at Bronze, to meeting the Duke himself at St James's Palace on completion of the Gold Award in Year 13. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has its roots set firmly across all schools. Starting with its fledgling
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    Year 12 Chemistry

    26th January 2018
    On Friday 12th January, the Year 12 Chemistry students were delighted to attend the Physical Chemistry Department at the University of Oxford. Students were involved with working out the amount of dye which is present in cough medicine, along with using their excellent practical and mathematical skills to solve a scientific mystery. It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to work within in an
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    End of Term Forest School News

    20th December 2017
    WOW, what a great start of the year. Forest School has been a very busy place this term, we were thrilled to welcome five very special friends. Rose and Daisy, the beautiful Silver Double Laced Barnevelder Bantam and Berry, their beloved cockerel, are enjoying their Akeley Wood home and their weekend residence at the Sandiford’s house.  Snowdrop and Pumpkin, the lop - eared rabbits, have also settled
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    End of Term Food Technology News

    20th December 2017
    This week concludes a rather busy term in the Food Tech room, with many wonderful aromas wafting along the corridor from baked goods such as chocolate brownies to garlic scented potato dauphinoise. 6C have been baking this term and their last lesson was a cupcake competition. Year 5 have been making starters, main courses and desserts and they were meant to make a zingy lemon
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    End of Term Music News

    20th December 2017
    Look at this selection of the things our children have done in the last 12 weeks! Akeley’s Got Talent “It was a good experience to play my flute in front of loads of people!” Thomas 5HM ABRSM Exams “Don’t be afraid, just go in and play your best.” William 5K. Percussion Group “I enjoy Percussion Group because you can try lots of different instruments.” Archie
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    ICT End of Term News

    20th December 2017
    It has been a busy term in ICT. All year groups have been improving their programming abilities. Year 3 created a story in Scratch and Year 4 created their own game. Year 5 created an avatar and a movie to go with it, whilst Year 6 started work on the BBC Micro bit. It’s been a coding factory with some amazing programs being written. We
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    Food and Nutrition

    19th December 2017
    This term has seen the opening of the new facility for teaching Food Preparation and Nutrition. Two of the former English rooms have been knocked together to provide a location for this new GCSE subject to take place. There are currently five groups making use of the new room.  The first year 11 cohort, who last year had to catch a bus to Tile House
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    Media and Film Studies

    19th December 2017
    Media and Film Studies
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    Girls' PE

    19th December 2017
    Girls Hockey U12 Hockey  The U12's have had an incredible hockey season this year. They have shown excellent commitment overall and whilst some had played together since the Junior school, those that are new to Akeley Wood have slotted in seamlessly. Highlights for the team have been convincing wins against Sir Thomas Fremantle and Waddesdon but also their successes in much closer fought matches against Thornton
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    Outdoor Learning

    19th December 2017
    It has been a great start to the year. Our newly built outdoor classroom is functioning fabulously. This term students have built various kinds of dens, made cordage from stinging nettles, constructed boundary fences, explored trust and communication skills whilst completing obstacle courses blindfolded, harvested and carved their Halloween pumpkins and explored natural dyes. They have continued to develop their safe use of tools skills.
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    End of Term Art News

    18th December 2017
    Another busy end of term has arrived, trying to finish off our calendars to bring home for the New Year.   Collage seems to be the main medium this year: De Stijl inspired geometric shape in Y2, seasonal trees in Y1  and atmospheric perspectives of landscapes in Y6.  During the rest of the term, Y6 have been studying Colour Theory and using their imagination to paint
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    Junior School End of Term Sports News

    18th December 2017
                Another fantastic term for Sport at AWJS. It has been one of the busiest sporting terms since my appointment as Director of Sport and I have been delighted with the efforts of all our teams and the continued support by our brilliant parents. Having covered over 75 fixtures including some excellent festivals, this term has really shown where we are on
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    End of Term Upper KS2 News

    18th December 2017
    Year 5: The move to Tudor House is a big change and we have been impressed by the children’s organisation and behaviour. “Being at Tudor House is a privilege and also has an amazing view of the school and playground.” Thomas B 5K  “It was fun being able to vote on the new house captains.” Georgia 5P  “I like walking from building to building.” Owen
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    End of Term Lower KS2 News

    18th December 2017
    Year 3 Reflections I have enjoyed Maths, Science, Topic and going to the theatre. When we went to the theatre we watched The Jungle Book and we got ice-cream. When I do Maths it is fun because we do really fun Maths. When I do science it is fun because we use magnets. When I do Topic it is fun because I learn so much
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    End of Term KS1 News

    18th December 2017
          Key Stage One have had an action packed Autumn Term. All children have settled into the school routines and daily activities well. The progress they have made have made the Key Stage One Team extremely proud. The children in Year One have enjoyed their new addition to their class ‘Puzzle’ the Alien who they have enjoyed teaching reading, spelling and writing, even
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    End of Term Reception News

    18th December 2017
    We have enjoyed a very busy first term in Reception. The children have enjoyed learning about themselves and others in the class and getting used to the school expectations and routines. We have enjoyed toasting marshmallows in Forest School, visiting the cinema, performing our nativity play, making clay faces and much more. Here are some of the children’s highlights. Charlie – ‘I liked it when
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    End of Term Nursery News

    18th December 2017
    September: September saw the start of the academic year. Butterflies started their new lessons. They loved Dance with Miss Halliday. Ladybirds 2 explored various ways to paint, using brushes and rollers, favouring big scale painting as a way of developing great teamwork. Autumn began to close in and Ladybirds took full advantage of this and went looking for conkers, and used them as a tool to
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    Languages at the Senior School

    15th December 2017
    Languages
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    History at the Senior School

    15th December 2017
    History
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    Science at the Senior School

    15th December 2017
    This term has been a very exciting one for Science!  It started with a blast on Open day with a spectacular display of the ‘Elephants Toothpaste’ experiment which saw a fountain of foam spray meters into the air (with an untimely wind blowing the foam on to one of our technicians, Sandra!).  Across Key Stage 3 a group of students have been loving taking part
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    Geography at the Senior School

    15th December 2017
    Geography
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    Music

    15th December 2017
    Music
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    English at the Senior School

    15th December 2017
    English
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    Art

    5th December 2017
    Year 7 have been working really hard in Art this term, undertaking a ‘sea life’ project, they have experimented with a range of materials including, pencil, oil pastel and paint. The final pieces, which explore pattern and texture to create imaginative under the sea-inspired paintings, are excellent and show great progress. Well done 7DJD!
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    Welcome to Year 6's

    4th December 2017
    Year 6 visit Tile House Mansion
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    Year 7 History Detectives

    4th December 2017
    Year 7 History Detectives
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    A Night at the Opera

    4th December 2017
    Classical Opera
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    Act of Kindness Calendar at Tile House Mansion

    1st December 2017
    Today, we have launched the THM Advent Calendar, organised by the School Council. Each day a different window at the front of the house will display a Christmas image. This, along with the Act of Kindness Calendar in the Main Hall, is getting us all into the festive spirit!  Today's Act of Kindness
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    Christmas Hampers for MK Food Bank

    23rd November 2017
    At Akeley Wood School we aim to ensure that every student has the opportunity to look beyond our own immediate school environment, engage with our local community and demonstrate care and thought towards others.  At this important time of  year as we approach Christmas we have an exciting opportunity for our students to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Working closely with MK Food Bank,
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    Match Reports

    22nd November 2017
    The Under 14's keep getting better and better! Akeley’s Under 14’s put on a fantastic display against a good Buckingham team, resulting in a 22-10 win to Akeley. The game started slowly with a quick try from the opposition. Some miss tackles in midfield allowed the opposition to score in the corner. After a slow start, the forwards picked up the tempo with some strong carries
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    Anti-Bullying Assembly

    22nd November 2017
    Anti Bullying Week
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    Akeley Wood Senior School Students entertain the crowds

    20th November 2017
    Musical performances at  Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair
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    U14's secure their first win of the season

    20th November 2017
    U14's secure their first win of the season
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    A Spooktacular afternoon!

    20th November 2017
    Spooktacular Poetry singing drama
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    England Hockey Champion Comes to Akeley

    20th November 2017
    Gold Medal Coaching comes to Akeley On Wednesday 15th November, Akeley Wood School welcomed International hockey player, Crista Cullen in for a day of 'All Things Hockey.' Crista Cullen is widely recognized as one of the best hockey defenders in the world. She won gold for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics and Bronze at London 2012. Crista has over 185 Great Britain and England combined
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    Akeley Wood Equestrian Team horse show - Addington Arena

    20th November 2017
    On Saturday 11th November, the Akeley Wood Equestrian Team held their annual horse show at the Addington Arena. With close to three hundred entries the day was busy, with eight classes of show jumping in two arenas and two dressage classes. A fantastic team of parents and teachers pulled together  to ensure that the day ran smoothly. The Highlight of the day was our very
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    Snails and more across the English Channel

    16th November 2017
    During the second week of the half term holiday, 18 students from Years 8, 9 and 10 headed across the English Channel to France for a week of intensive French immersion, outdoor activities, some tourism....and mud. Over the course of the trip we learnt about Normandy, visited Mont St Michel, ate snails, milked goats, scaled a climbing wall, made bread, did archery and completed a particularly wet
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    Geography,Photography and Art Trip to Iceland 2017

    16th November 2017
    Geography,Photography and Art A SIX DAY EXPLORATION OF THE SOUTH AND WEST COAST On Monday 30th October, 24 students and 5 staff left Akeley Wood Senior School for Heathrow Airport to catch their flight to Reykjavik in Iceland. The three-hour flight touched down at 1.30pm Iceland time, and within a short while we were on our coach crossing the grey moss topped lava fields towards
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    Cognita Sixth Form Essay Competition  

    10th November 2017
    Back in the Spring Term of 2017, Cognita launched an essay competition for Sixth Form students across its European schools. We are delighted to announce that Akeley Wood old boy (2017) Jude Whiley-Morton was selected as the winner of the overall competition, a fantastic achievement.
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    Business and Economics

    25th October 2017
    Business and Economics
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    Akeleys Got Talent

    25th October 2017
    Akeley's Got Talent 2017
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    Snowdonia Year 11

    24th October 2017
    On the morning of  Saturday 30th September, 40 Year 11 students met bright and early to set off on an exciting trip to Snowdonia. We departed from Akeley Wood House at 8am with a coach full of bleary-eyed students. After a four-and-a-half-hour journey, we arrived in Wales to rain and strong winds. After rooms were allocated,  students  settled into their rooms and then we got straight
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    Silver Duke of Edingburgh

    24th October 2017
    As one of the largest Centres in the South East, Akeley Wood Senior School saw 37 Silver Participants battle not only one of the hardest navigational areas on the Duke of Edinburgh schedule but one of the wildest. Six intrepid groups meticulously prepared their routes, route cards, equipment and food for a three day Expedition that would turn into an adventure not to be forgotten.
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    Girls Football - ISA Tournamnet

    24th October 2017
    On Tuesday 10th October the U13 and U15 girl’s football teams played at the ISA tournament, demonstrating a wining edge.  There were stunning results for our Girls Football teams - with both teams ending up as winners of the plate competitions, and we witnessed some outstanding football in the process. We saw real progress throughout the day and it was a pleasure to watch them flourish
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    Winner U 12 Doubles Championships

    24th October 2017
    We are delighted to announce that Ashton, in Year 7, won the  U12 doubles tennis club championships, at Stony Stratford tennis club this  September, coming 2nd overall in the U12 boy’s club championships. Ashton has now been selected to train for the Bucks County U12 tennis squad. Fantastic news, well done Ashton!
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    Year 12 Visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

    24th October 2017
    Sketching and Photography
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    Akeley Wood School Equestrian

    20th October 2017
    Saturday November 11th Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Addington, Buckinghamshire  MK18 2JR View the Schedule times and fees HERE  
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    Biology Week 2017

    18th October 2017
    Biology  at the Senior School.
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    Mindful Moments

    18th October 2017
    Mindful Moments
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    England Netball comes to Akeley

    6th October 2017
    In April 2017, Pamela Cookey, ex-England Netball captain, came to our school to deliver a training session to each year group from year 7-13. She taught us new drills to help both the attacking and defensive side of our games, and at the end of the day, she chose two girls to mentor until September. I was very lucky to be chosen, by Pamela. This
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    AWS Student Wins National Golfing Competition

    3rd October 2017
    National Golfing Competition
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    British Independent Schools

    3rd October 2017
    Congratulations to Callum, Zac and Kayne who, yesterday competed in the British Independent Schools Ski Racing Indoor Championships. Zac (Y9) and Kayne (Y8) were both competing in the U14 category finishing in 1st and 3rd place respectively. Then in the U18 category, Callum finished in 8th place. Overall, this resulted in Akeley Wood winning the competition overall!  
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    European Day of Languages

    27th September 2017
    This year’s European Day of Languages celebrated innovation in language learning and teaching.  Here at Akeley Wood School we were delighted to host a Cognita-wide event with a musical focus. Students and staff from North Bridge House, Meoncross, Hydesville Tower and Huddersfield schools joined us to share performances in a range of different languages.  From ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ in Spanish, with brilliant props, to poetry
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    Year 4 Big Bang Day

    26th September 2017
    Roll up roll up to the Year 4 Big Bang day!
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    Judaism - Year 11 Religious Studies

    25th September 2017
    Today Year 11 have sampled the delights of homemade Challah bread. Students have been studying Shabbat (Sabbath) in Judaism.  They learnt that the meal on a Friday night is central to the celebrations and challah bread is one symbolic item that is eaten. Students have enjoyed tasting the bread, saying at least they would not forget about the bread and the symbolism.   Mrs Maltby
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    Akeley Wood House Student Council - What you need to know.

    25th September 2017
    Student Council is starting out with a bang this year. So that we can out do the low-profile Student Councils of previous years, this year we’ve organised what has turned out to be almost a complete overhall of the council. The Head of Student Council prefects will lead the council, Head boy Josh Ponte, Hollie Reid and Ben Williams. Our goals This year we’ve made
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    Year 12 Team Bonding

    19th September 2017
    Sixth Form Bonding Day
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    Pupils and teachers celebrate excellent GCSE results.

    24th August 2017
    Excellent GCSE results. Eclipsing the national picture.  
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    Students celebrate A Level achievements

    24th August 2017
    Students celebrate A Level achievements
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    Junior School - Art

    11th July 2017
    We have had a wonderfully creative term, with two Art Clubs after school meaning more freedom to choose their own media each week.  A selection of Year 5 pupils were invited to the AWSS Art Room for a sculpture workshop. In their lessons Year 5 have been getting involved with painting scenery and making props for their fabulous pirate play.  They have enjoyed creating three
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    Junior School - Year 1

    11th July 2017
    Year 1 End of Summer Term News
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    Senior School - Creative Arts

    10th July 2017
    Creative Arts - Senior School
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    Junior School - ICT

    6th July 2017
    It’s been a fun packed full on year in the ICT department as we push the boundaries of creative film making, programming and use of data. Every year group has used the green screen in some way. The Year 6 classes, took this to a whole new level producing 10 minute short films. We have had some great programmers, using Scratch, Kodu and Python as
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    Senior School - Outdoor Learning

    6th July 2017
    Outdoor Learning
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    Junior School - Foundation and KS1 - Drama

    5th July 2017
    The children in Foundation Years have loved building stories based around Mrs Lovely in Butterflies and The Frog Prince, in Reception. The Butterflies drama work has linked with their topic of growing and mini-beasts.  Rosanna has made a fantastic Mrs Lovely, whose garden holds a magical shrinking machine, which has taken the children on journeys into the undergrowth! Reception have learnt about fairy-tale characters both good and bad
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    Junior School - Nursery

    5th July 2017
    April   Easter was late this year, but we all had a great fun celebrating in a variety of ways.   Ladybirds made their own Easter eggs and Easter cards for their Parents. As well as looking at Easter, Ladybirds 2 also looked at their Family photos. We also got messy exploring textures with jelly and other resources such as pom poms, oranges and raisins.
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    Junior School - Year 2

    5th July 2017
    The children in Year 2 have worked very hard this term.  We have enjoyed seeing how all the children have matured and developed, during the course of their time throughout the year. The children enjoyed our History topic about castles.  So it was very exciting to be able to visit Warwick Castle and experience some of the things that they had learnt in school.   Standing
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    Junior School - Year 4

    5th July 2017
    Once again the Summer Term has proved to be a very busy time in Year 4. In Food Technology the pupils thought of excellent ideas when designing their own naan bread and tasting it.  Some unique ingredients were included!  As teachers, we were pleased to see the number of children attending a variety of different Clubs had increased this term. We are delighted that so
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    Junior School - Year 6

    5th July 2017
    Another busy term has just flown past and now, here we are, ready to say ‘Goodbye’ to our Year 6 children for whom the future is beckoning.  They have worked hard and played hard through the year and many have taken on the additional challenge of a role of responsibility be it a Classroom Monitor, Librarian, School Councillor, Reading Buddy, Play Leader or House Captain. 
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    Junior School - Food Technology

    5th July 2017
    We have had another busy and very hot term in the Food Technology room!  Visitors always comment on the wonderful aroma coming down the corridor and how great it is to see the children cooking and learning such a valuable life skill. Year 6 have been learning about famous chefs and following some of their recipes. They enjoyed making Jamie Oliver’s Fish and Chips as
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    Junior School - Music

    5th July 2017
    I can hardly believe that we are at the end of another school year – and what a productive and eventful one it has been for the musicians at the Junior School. We started the term with the “Akeley Young Musician of the Year” competition final which was held at the Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham. Congratulations to Jasmin Ponte, Lucy Brown and Tristan Butterworth who
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    Junior School - Reception

    5th July 2017
    Reception have had an extremely busy and lively final term. Starting with a look at all of our favourite Fairy Tales and ending with a topic all about Summer. As soon as the weather warmed up the children loved spending time in the garden. The sand investigation area and water areas were the most popular.      We had a super time at Blenheim Palace
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    Junior School - Boys' Sports

    5th July 2017
    Well what another outstanding sporting year here at the Junior School. I have been delighted with the effort, enthusiasm and determination of all of our children who have represented the school throughout the year. We have achieved so much and the list is a long.  Again we have been able to hold our own out on the pitches and courts with some of the biggest
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    Junior School - Girls' Sports

    5th July 2017
    The Summer term has seen the girls participate in numerous fixtures from the U8s to the U11s, as well as battling rain, hail, a heat wave, sleet and snow weather conditions! This term saw the U8 teams develop their knowledge and understanding of the rules of a rounders game. We have focused on instilling the basics of striking and fielding and also working as a
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    Junior School - Forest School

    5th July 2017
    Another successful term out in Forest School! This term, the children continued to explore the woodland and implemented all their skills into making creative objects using natural resources.  Children are becoming very independent learners and it fills me with great joy to see them enjoying themselves. We had two bunny rabbits visiting Butterflies and one little monkey tried to escape, good thing the children were
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    Senior School - PE and Games

    5th July 2017
    Senior School End of Term Sports News
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    Workshop run by Buckingham University Students

    4th July 2017
    Year 7 pupils were delighted to collaborate with medical students from the University of Buckingham in a project on the theme of ‘What would you do for your friend with Diabetes’. The medical students conducted workshops about Diabetes with the pupils and they then reflected this work in fabric paintings. These paintings will be incorporated into an artwork to be shown later in the year at
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    Senior School - History and Politics

    4th July 2017
    History End of Term News Senior School
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    Senior School - Music Department

    4th July 2017
    Music Department Senior School
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    Senior School - Geography

    4th July 2017
    In this ever-changing world in which we live in (McCartney, P), in Geography this term we have continued to try to shed some light on some of both the natural and human world's biggest challenges. Issues grappled with this term included improving quality of life in the favelas of Rio; solutions to London's housing, waste and transport challenges; the best methods to defend from coastal erosion;
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    A moving account of the Holocaust

    4th July 2017
    Hannah Lewis is one of only around 195,000 holocaust survivors still alive today and one of an even smaller number of survivors brave enough to share the atrocities experienced during their early lives. Hannah visited Year 9 at Akeley Wood House on July 27th and provided a gripping account of the hardships under Nazi rule and her struggle witnessing death and surviving the atrocious conditions
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    Akeley Wood Senior School Coachmark

    4th July 2017
    Coachmark Silver Award
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    World of Work for Year 12

    4th July 2017
    World of Work
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    Film Industry Presentation

    4th July 2017
    Film Industry Presentation
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    Sports Day at Akeley Wood House

    4th July 2017
    Sports Day Senior School
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    Senior School - Science

    4th July 2017
    Leaf insects at “The Big Bang”- Is it Picket?         Year 10 students enjoy a lesson exploring the relationship between pressure, temperature and volume.   Palisade Cell cake by George Letts. It has been another busy year in the Akeley Wood Science department! Year 7 and 8 led the way with a successful first visit to the Salters Chemistry Festival; the team participated in
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    Arts and Design Technology Exhibition

    3rd July 2017
    Arts and Design Technology Exhibition
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    Senior School - English

    3rd July 2017
    English Department End of Summer Term news
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    Wow What a Day

    3rd July 2017
    On Thursday 22nd June the Year 8 students had their WOW (World of Work) day facilitated by Work Tree (http://worktree.org/) a careers charity based in the Milton Keynes area. The students spent time in their forms looking at different job roles with the aid of Pictionary and Top Trumps before moving on to learn about interview techniques. After break we were joined by 20 volunteers from
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    Who Stole All the Tarts!

    23rd June 2017
    On Tuesday 20th June, pupils at Tile House Mansion were blessed with beautiful weather for their Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Year 7 pupils had studied Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland in preparation for their examination, helping them to develop understanding of 19th Century fiction. The children enjoyed various activities, including orienteering, croquet, toasting marshmallows, archery, chalk drawing, etching and cyanotype printing. Some even managed to cook
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    Community Matters!

    23rd June 2017
    Community Matters
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    Year 5 Sculpture and Modelling Workshop

    21st June 2017
    Year 5 Sculpture and Modelling Workshop
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    LIBRARY NEWS

    21st June 2017
    It is with great pleasure that I welcome our two new library prefects to the role of Librarians, where they shall supervise the day to day running of the library with me.   ‘Hello, my name is Makayla Bice and I am proud to have been a student here, at Akeley Wood Senior School for nearly three years now.  I have a strong passion for
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    Year 5 Performing Arts Day 

    21st June 2017
    On Wednesday June 14, Tile House Mansion welcomed Year 5 students from Wicken to take part in a performing arts day. Students had the opportunity to sing, dance and act, using the story of Bugsy Malone as inspiration for the day. We kicked the day off with the whole year group singing and dancing to the song “Fat Sam’s Grand Slam”, before we split into
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    Arts Week

    21st June 2017
    On Monday June 5, and Wednesday June 7, we took some of our talented performers from years 7-10 to Buckingham Primary School as part of the school’s “Arts Week”. The students saw performances from our AWH Vocal ensemble, THM Singers, THM Blues Band and AWH Jazz Band, as well as a variety of solo instrumental and vocal performances. We also had a debut performance from
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    Sight Braille Course at Tile House Mansion

    21st June 2017
    I was delighted to have 10 pupils attend the 8-week Grade 1 Sight Braille Course at THM last half term on Friday lunchtimes. Of these 10 pupils 4 chose to sit the examination and passed with flying colours! The examination required students to write the alphabet in Braille, read a message written in Braille and translate a written message into Braille. Distinctions all round, with all achieving
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    Akeley Wood School published Historian.

    21st June 2017
    You may remember that earlier in the year we commended Raphe Young, 9SCG, for becoming our first Akeley Wood School published Historian. Today Raphe joined our summer celebration party for our Sixth Form Subject Ambassadors and Year 10 students who had not only reached their end of year target but actually over-achieved it in their summer examination! Raphe was able to give us the update
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    U15 Aegon League Tennis v Great Marlow School

    21st June 2017
    On Tuesday 13th June the U15 Aegon league tennis team welcomed Great Marlow school to Akeley Wood. Despite the girls having a tough season so far in the Aegon league, with some very challenging matches, the team began the games with confidence and this very quickly had a positive effect on the score. As both teams started to build consistency in their serves the games
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    Akeley Wood School welcomes survivor from the Holocaust Educational Trust

    20th June 2017
    On Tuesday 27th June 2017 our Year 9 students from Akeley Wood House will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor, Hannah Lewis, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). The testimony will be followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit
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    Votes are in at the Senior School

    9th June 2017
    Voting at Akeley Wood Senior School
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    Going for Gold

    9th June 2017
    DofE
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    District Athletics

    9th June 2017
       The Year 9 and 10 athletics team attended a district relay event where they competed in the 4x100m, 4x200m, 3x800m and 4x100m (mixed) relays. All pupils who were involved performed extremely well and were a real credit to the school. There were a few standout performances from the Year 9 boys who recorded 1st place in the 4x100m and 3x800m relay events. Furthermore, the year 10
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    1st XI Cricket v Cokethorpe

    9th June 2017
    The first XI travelled to Cokethorpe in what was to be their final match of the 2017 cricket season. We have managed to put out a fairly consistent side this year with the likes of William Hedger, Matty Thornley, Jacob Ford-Langstaff and George Wilkinson stepping up from year 9. From year 10 we saw Torin Little and Alex Gomersall also make the step up. Following the
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    U10 Cricket v MK Prep

    9th June 2017
    The U10 A cricket team had their second match on Wednesday. It was a home game v MK Prep. The boys played a 20-20 match that saw plenty of action. Spencer S took two of the wickets but still the Akeley boys gave away to many runs with their bowling of wide's. When the boys battled they were soon in deep trouble, losing 2 wickets with
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    Polling Day

    8th June 2017
    Years 2-6 had a great experience learning how to vote today. We had our own polling station in the Tudor Room. 6B were the volunteers to help with this process. We had eight signing in desks and four voting booths. What you had to do is go to the signing desk where they would find your name and highlight it. Then you would get a
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    Folk in the Dome

    7th June 2017
    On Friday May 26th, our gifted and talented musicians were treated to a day of folk music making. The Joe Broughton Folk ensemble visited Akeley Wood School and wowed both staff and students with their 50-member ensemble, ranging from violins and flutes all the way to bassoons and tubas. Apart from being an incredible show for the audience, the ensemble has become something of a training
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    U12 & U13 Tennis

    5th June 2017
    On Tuesday 23rd May Akeley wood Year 7 and 8 girls travelled to Tudor Hall for an afternoon of Tennis. We had 3 pairs in each age group who played a round robin tournament with their respective age groups. It was fantastic to see how well the girls were able to not only work so effectively in their pairs but also execute a number of quite complex
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    Why Akeley Wood is the ideal school for your child

    2nd June 2017
    Why not apply to one of the best independent schools in Buckinghamshire and arrange a visit to Akeley Wood today?
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    Private School Admissions Process Explained

    2nd June 2017
    To find out more about our school admissions process, contact Mrs Jayne Wilson, Enquiry and Admissions Manager, on 01280 860824 to discuss your specific requirements.
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    U9 Rounders v Swanbourne

    31st May 2017
    U9 A/B Rounders v Swanbourne Wednesday 24th May 2017 On Wednesday the U9 Rounders team travelled to Swanbourne. The team had a mixture of both U8 and U9 players, all the girls did really well to cope with the hot weather all afternoon. The A team played first and produced some very good fielding early on in the game. Consistent bowling from Sienna also prevented
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    Croquet and Cream Tea at Tile House Mansion

    31st May 2017
    I and many other Year 6 students decided to go to the cream tea and croquet afternoon at Tile House Mansion. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. There were so many games to play such as: croquet, boules and lucky horse shoe. The adults had a delightful time and they had a chance to socialise with the new teachers of Tile House Mansion. It also
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    Media and Film Studies

    26th May 2017
    Media and Film Studies
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    More Alice in Wonderland!

    26th May 2017
    In Year 7 have been studying the novel of Alice in Wonderland. This week our English group acted out the scene “Who stole the tarts?” We organised roles amongst ourselves and the teacher left us to rehearse. Alex very kindly brought in some delicious tarts; Louis brought in bread and butter; William made a trumpet and Noah a scroll. Mrs Exarheas lent us some costumes,
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    U13 Tennis v Ashfold

    26th May 2017
    On Thursday 25th May the U13 boys and girl’s tennis team played away at Ashfold School All pupils involved had an enjoyable afternoon and demonstrated some excellent progress since the start of term. All pupils played 3 doubles matches in total with the final round of matches being mixed doubles. Thomas Ladyman and Kiera Foster finished the afternoon with unbeaten records and as a doubles
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    Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

    26th May 2017
    Royal Philharmonic Trip
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    Trundling Along!

    26th May 2017
    During Maths, we have been measuring the average walking and hopping speed of children in the school. We did this by using a trundle wheel, to measure the distance and a stopwatch to time how long it took to reach the end of the corridor. Mrs Smith asked us to start at the back door and walk or hop to the end. Each student was
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    Pattern and Repetition

    26th May 2017
    The Year 7s have completed a piece of work studying pattern and repetition.  They looked at artists such as Jennifer Angus and Christopher Marley and produced their own interpretations.  The starting point was a Rorschach-type ink blot which they creatively turned into a colourful butterfly; the second element was black silhouette beetle.   Photocopies of varying scales were done and the pupils designed their patterns.   Come and
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    Dry Point Etchings

    26th May 2017
    Theses dry point etchings were done by Year 7 pupils and I am delighted with the results.  It is usually a technique reserved for Year 9s and upwards, but I felt that the Year 7s were up to the challenge and they more than met it.   The pupils scratched into the surface of some acetate sheet, essentially drawing their insect with a point.  The acetate is
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    Alice in Wonderland

    25th May 2017
    Alice in wonderland Year 7
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    Gardening Delights

    25th May 2017
    Outdoor Education
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    Bletchley Park

    25th May 2017
    On the 18th May we visited Bletchley Park. We learnt a lot about Bletchley Park and its role in World War 2. It was an important place, used to intercept radio signals and codes that were used by the Germans. The most important machine that we saw and learned about was called the ‘Enigma Machine’ which is a rotor cypher code machine. We did a
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    Poetry

    19th May 2017
    Isabella wrote this wonderfully evocative poem about the importance of kindness and how it can affect people so profoundly. For a Year 7 pupil, this is an incredible mature piece, especially as it can teach us all how we should support the most vulnerable people in our communities. Mrs Exarheas Deputy Head of Tile House Mansion Teacher of English Akeley Wood Senior School     Waiting
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    Karate Success

    12th May 2017
    Congratulations to James Lewis who has recently achieved his first dan of his Black belt in Karate.  James has been training for this for 9 years and had to do the Kata sequences as well as sparing and fighting against other opponents competing. There are 8 more dans which James looks forward to training for in the future and we wish him all the best.
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    U11 Rounders A v Swanbourne

    12th May 2017
    On Wednesday the U11 A team played Swanbourne. The first innings were very low scoring and this was credit to both teams who produced some excellent fielding. During the second innings Swanbourne managed to creep ahead thanks to some accurate strikes of the ball which put Akeleys' fielders under pressure. This was a tough game for Akeley but the girls fielded well and prevented Swanbourne
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    U11 B Rounders v Swanborune

    11th May 2017
    U11 B V Swanbourne On Wednesday 10th May the U11 B  team faced a tall Swanbourne team. A big thank you must go out to the Year 5 girls (Amelia Mead and Poppy Terry and Lucy Brown) who stepped up to fill in, at the last moment, for a depleted U11 team. A good start as we won the toss and fielded first. The girls did
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    U11 Cricket v MCS Oxford

    11th May 2017
    Saturday saw the U11s take to the cricket pitches at MCS in Oxford. Again, several boys weren't able to play for different reasons but the boys who did, found it tough but I think came away learning a lot. The A team had a mammoth battle of chasing 160 runs which was always going to be difficult. In the end the boys were bowled out
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    U10 & U11 Swimming Gala at Stowe Pool

    11th May 2017
    On Friday the U10 & U11 Swim teams took part in a mini Swim gala at Stowe pool competing against Beachborough and Swanbourne. Being the only school without a pool I was very impressed with all our swimmers. They showed real fight in the pool wherever they came. It was a great atmosphere and our parents didn't stop cheering throughout. We had some great results. A fantastic
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    U10 Cricket v Winchester House

    11th May 2017
    A busy week last week in the cold as the U10 Cricket teams took on Winchester House here at the Junior School. Both teams did really well in their first game of the season. We played a kwik cricket format that allowed many the chance to bat and bowl. This gave Mr Peedell and myself plenty of food for thought moving onwards. The A team just
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    Tile House Mansion Assembly

    10th May 2017
    Tile House Mansion Assembly
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    First Aid Assembly for Year 7 and Year 8

    10th May 2017
    First Aid Assembly for Year 7 and Year 8
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    U12 XI v Bedford Modern 

    10th May 2017
    U12 XI v Bedford Modern 
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    Year 12 Geography Field Trip

    10th May 2017
    Year 12 Geography Field Trip
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    U13 Cricket v Royal Grammar School High Wycombe

    10th May 2017
    U13 Cricket v Royal Grammar School High Wycombe
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    Science Poster Competition

    10th May 2017
    Congratulations to Hudson in Year 4 who has been shortlisted for his poster we entered for the British Science Week competition. Please go to their Facebook page and vote for him! #BritishScienceWeek https://www.facebook.com/ScienceWeekUK/photos/a.10155479297903816.1073741836.105818068815/10155479298093816/?type=3
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    Duke of Edinburgh Award

    9th May 2017
    Duke of Edinburgh Award Year 11 Silver Assessment
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    Year 5 & 6 Sports Leadership Afternoon

    4th May 2017
    On the 27th of April, Year 5 & 6 went to the Senior School for a sports afternoon with Year 9. We played 5 minute games. The ones I took part in were; football shooting, rugby, getting the Frisbee through the hoop, netball shooting and how to throw and catch a Frisbee. My group weren't the best at these games so we didn't win most
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    Library Update Akeley Wood House

    4th May 2017
    Newly Appointed Library Prefects
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    Young Musician and Musician of the Year 2017

    4th May 2017
    Akeley's Young Musician and Musician of the Year
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    Food Heroes Visit Junior School

    3rd May 2017
    Food Heroes Visit Junior School
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    National Poetry Competition Shortlist for Isha

    2nd May 2017
    National Association for Able Children in Education
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    ENGLISH SPEAKING BOARD

    2nd May 2017
    Advanced Certificate in Spoken English
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    Life, Death and Sports Writing: An Evening with Michael Calvin

    2nd May 2017
    Please do join us for an evening with Award-Winning Journalist and Sports Writer, Michael Calvin Thursday 25th May 2017 Akeley Wood House Billiard Room 7:30pm   Michael Calvin is one of the UK’s most accomplished sportswriters. He has worked in more than 80 countries, covering many major sporting events, including seven summer Olympic Games and six World Cup finals. Named Sports Writer of the Year for
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    Junior School Match Reports

    28th April 2017
    U9 A/B Rounder’s v Winchester House Tuesday 25th April On Tuesday the U9 A & B teams had their first rounders match of the term. Both teams started off very positively scoring several rounders during the first innings. However, the weather was against us and half way through, play was ceased. Bizarre diverse weather conditions! This meant, sadly the second innings were not completed. Thank
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    The Gala Sri Lanka Ball

    26th April 2017
    Villiers Hotel Ballroom March 2017
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    Photography Competition

    21st April 2017
    Photography Competition - Theme Rainbow
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    Easter Holland Hockey Tour

    21st April 2017
    5th Place Dutch Field Hockey club tournament
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    Alice's Adventures #Tile House Mansion

    19th April 2017
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Year 7 English Summer Term 2017
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    Akeley Equestrian Team

    12th April 2017
    Akeley Equestrian Team
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    Salters’ Festival of Chemistry

    12th April 2017
    Salters’ Festival of Chemistry
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    Nursery Spring News

    31st March 2017
    The children in Nursery have had a fun filled term and have been very busy creating and making a number of things. January It snowed in January, The Butterflies got wrapped up and we went outside. The children used the iPads to take photographs. The Ladybirds built tall towers with the soft bricks, which was so much fun. The Caterpillars have been enjoying lots of
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    History at the Senior School

    31st March 2017
    Spring Term History Department
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    Year 5 Spring News

    30th March 2017
    It has been another busy term in Year 5. After the Christmas holiday the children quickly settled back into their routines and started working hard. Year 5 had the honor of looking after the library for two weeks after half term; the children loved having the responsibility of tidying away books and labelling new ones. To promote the use of the library, the children decided
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    Junior School Music News

    30th March 2017
    Junior School Spring Term Music News
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    ICT at Akeley Wood Junior School

    30th March 2017
    ICT at the Junior School
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    Wicken Singers go for gold!

    30th March 2017
    The Wicken Singers, one of Akeley’s Junior School Choirs which comprises boys and girls aged from 7 to 11, was awarded the gold medal, a trophy and first place in the School Choir class at the Milton Keynes Festival on Friday 24th March. The Boys' Choir also won a bronze medal and third place with the Girls' Choir gaining a commended for their performance. The prestigious festival brings
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    English

    30th March 2017
    One of the best-known pieces of wisdom in the Book of Ecclesiastes – a word which can apparently be translated as ‘teacher’ – is the observation that ‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’. There follows a goodly list of examples of the comings and goings of life. For this particular teacher, the arrival of the Easter break
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    RS at the Senior School

    30th March 2017
    RS News
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    End of Spring Term Year 6     

    30th March 2017
    How lovely it has been to drive in each morning and see the lambs in the adjoining fields - a sure sign spring must be here.  It has been a busy term and the children are now ready for some rest and relaxation before we see them back here for the Summer Term, their last at primary school. Each class has hosted a class assembly.
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    Year 1 Spring News

    30th March 2017
    Year 1 Spring News
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    Golfing Success

    30th March 2017
    We congratulate Huw  in 9LMS achievement at the beginning of the year winning the TGB Elite Golf competition that ran through the whole of 2016 playing matches all around the local counties. Huw won the prize of a custom fitted set of irons along with the trophies. Naturally he was very pleased and is hoping to really push himself this year to get even better. He
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    Geography at Tile House Mansion

    30th March 2017
    Year 7 and 8's inaugural Geography Culture Day (GCD) brought the taste of the World to THM. Presented by Callum , GCD brought food and facts from around the World from the students of 8IB. From Italy to India the students shared the rich cultures, smells and tastes of their favourite holiday destination, home town or just the place they call home. Jayne brought her
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    Senior School Spring Term Music News

    30th March 2017
    At Key Stage 3 our year 7 students have been studying Programme Music, culminating in a performance of ‘In The Hall of the Mountain King’ by Edvard Grieg. Year 8 students have been learning about Minimalism and Dance Music, studying pieces like ‘Tubular Bells’ by Michael Oldfield and ‘Around the World’ by Daft Punk. Year 9 students have completed a unit of work on Musical
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    Art at the Junior School Spring Term

    30th March 2017
      Year 6 started the term with a visit to the Northampton Shoe Museum.  Children made detailed drawings which were developed into repeat prints which they all printed onto a new canvas for the Drama Den. Year 5 looked at the work of Henri Rousseau and painted their own jungle pictures.  Year 3 and 4 have been preparing for their Arts Project Exhibition which took
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    Modern Foreign Languages

    30th March 2017
    In Year 7 French, students are working incredibly hard and making great progress. They are a keen bunch and we have very high hopes for them all. This week, we have launched the inaugural Year 7 Tongue Twister Trial. Pupils learning French in year 7 will have three tongue twisters to exercise their brains and tongues and we can’t wait to hear how they have
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    Drama at the Senior School

    30th March 2017
    In January the Year 13 Drama and Theatre Studies students visited the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, to see a ground-breaking and gobsmacking production of The Tempest. The production starred Simon Russel Beale and used live motion capture technology to revolutionise theatre in the twenty first century.  Students were treated to a visual banquet and were inspired to see more Shakespeare, after realising that theatre
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    Spring Term in Year 3

    30th March 2017
    In Science we have been learning about both the interesting topics of Light and Shadow and Rocks which they found most interesting. Similarly in History the children loved learning about Greek Mythology, including all the gory bits! They worked hard to produce some super homework where they invented, drew and described their own mythical creatures. The children consolidated their learning with our fantastic trip to
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    The Spring Term in Year 2

    30th March 2017
    Year 2 Spring Term
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    Senior School Sport Spring Term News

    29th March 2017
    The U14/U15 badminton team played Thornton College in the return leg of our friendly fixture.  After losing heavily in the first leg earlier in the year, the girls were determined to put in a better performance at home.  The squad comprised of Samantha Evans, Amelia Handley, Mackenzie Barnett-Vincent, Skye Verwey, Mia Creasey, Emma Wilson and Year 9’s Miranda Balch and Ella Rose.  In a round
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    Photography End of Term News

    28th March 2017
    Senior School Photography Report
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    Art Department End of Spring Term News

    28th March 2017
    Art Department End of Spring Term News
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    Patterns and Dots

    28th March 2017
    Patterns and Dots
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    End of Term Football- Junior School

    28th March 2017
    Doesn't time fly when you are having fun. I just can't believe how quickly this whole term has gone and what another fantastic term of Sport. I've seen teams represent in Cross-Country, Swimming, Rugby, Rugby 7s, Football and Netball. We've also watched two year groups of boys play Hockey fixtures and that was so much fun.
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    End of Term Netball - Junior School

    28th March 2017
    Myself and Miss Kandaros have been particularly impressed with the hard work and commitment from all the girls this term from attending morning netball club, break time shooting practice and netball club after school.
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    Junior School - Drama News

    28th March 2017
    Spring Term Drama
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    Spring in the Forest

    28th March 2017
    This term we have been busy exploring with willow and made lovely wreaths and many children have been making their own creations from fishing rods to dream catchers. This winter has been kind to us in Forest School, allowing us to go out every day. Some days have been colder and wetter than others, but this didn’t stop up exploring and having great fun. Some
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    Junior School Food Technology

    28th March 2017
    Junior School Food Technology
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    Reception Spring News

    28th March 2017
    Spring Term in Reception
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    Year 4 Spring Term News

    28th March 2017
    Year 4 Spring Term
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    Top Notch Coaching Skills

    27th March 2017
    Top Notch Coaching Skills
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    U11 Netball Cognita Festival

    27th March 2017
    On Thursday 23rd March Akeley Wood held their annual Cognita festival. Akeley entered two teams which enabled all the girls in year 6 to represent the school.
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    Super Camps

    25th March 2017
    Super Camps
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    It's all about the books!

    24th March 2017
    Library at the Junior School
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    5D’s Assembly

    24th March 2017
    Assembly Report Junior School
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    Fixture reports from the Junior School

    24th March 2017
    Sunday saw our U8 A and U10 A rugby teams take to the fields of Epsom College; and what a venue for the National Rugby Finals. Both teams had qualified with flying colours and we all knew how tough this next step was going to be. The two teams produced some outstanding results and, without a knockout stage, the positions were made up with points for
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    A tale of two Mother’s Day breakfasts

    24th March 2017
    Mother's day Breakfast
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    Akeley Girls’ Football

    24th March 2017
    Year 7,8 &9 Girls Footbal
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    Netball District Tournament

    24th March 2017
    District Tournament
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    U9 B Netball v Maidwell Hall and Winchester House

    24th March 2017
    On Tuesday the U9 B netball team played a triangular with Maidwell Hall and Winchester House B.
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    New Skills for Year 8

    23rd March 2017
    New Skills for Year 8 Textiles, Design Technology and Food Technology.
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    Big Bang for our Year 10 Scientists

    23rd March 2017
    On Wednesday 15th March, Year 10 went to the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. Firstly, we went to the stage to see 'Do try this at home', a show where two scientists and a mathematician did exciting experiments that, as the name suggests, you can do at home! We saw a fire tornado made out of only a wastepaper bin and tea
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    Shakespeare’s Humour comes alive at Tile House Mansion

    23rd March 2017
    Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Year 8
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    Akeley Wood School Project Volunteer Sri Lanka 2017

    23rd March 2017
    Akeley Wood School Project 2017 with Volunteer Sri Lanka
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    Budding Historians meet Historian Andy Robertshaw

    21st March 2017
    Lecture to our Year 13 Historians and Year 9 EP Historians on the changing nature of British Warfare 1791-1945.
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    U9 Netball Tournament at Bedford

    20th March 2017
    U9 Netball Tournament at Bedford
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    Christmas Stamp Competition

    20th March 2017
    Christmas Stamp Competition
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    Year 6 Trip To Tile House Mansion

    17th March 2017
    Thursday 9th March- Theme- Festivals
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    Insight into the British Army

    17th March 2017
    Insight into the British Army
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    BBC School Report from Tile House Mansion

    16th March 2017
    BBC News Day at Tile House Mansion
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    Tile House Students Tackle BBC News!

    16th March 2017
    Tile House Students Tackle BBC News!
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    Mental Health and Outdoor Curriculum

    16th March 2017
    Mental Health and Outdoor Curriculum
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    BBC News Report Day

    16th March 2017
    BBC News Report Day
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    U12- U13 Football v Wellingborough

    16th March 2017
    U12- U13 Football v Wellingborough
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    Not quite the Golden Goal

    15th March 2017
    On Friday 10th March, 31 pupils from Years 7 and 8 set off on the annual Condover Hall Netball trip. As soon as we arrived the pupils had their dinner and launched straight into activities including abseiling, Jacob’s ladder and rock climbing. The next morning, we were up bright and [...]
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    Storming the Bastille

    14th March 2017
    On Thursday 9th March some students from Years 6 and 7 spent an hour learning about Bastille Day. After finding out what it was all about, the pupils had great fun working in groups to create news bulletins. We had a group of unruly peasants being interviewed about their living [...]
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    SPF Factor!

    13th March 2017
    As part of an Activities Day based around the theme of Festivals, pupils from Year 6 at Wicken Park joined those from Year 7 to conduct an experiment to see which factor of sun cream is the most effective in blocking harmful UV radiation from the sun. They compared SPF [...]
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    Internet Savvy Equals Internet Safe

    13th March 2017
    Internet savvy equals Internet safe On Tuesday 7th March a singer, dancer and song writer called Lexie came to visit us at Tile House Mansion. The purpose of her visit was to talk to us about Internet safety, but first she sang several songs to us. One of her songs was an Ed [...]
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    Oxford University Trip - Year 12

    13th March 2017
      On Wednesday 8th March, a group of Year 12 Biology and Psychology students went to Oxford University. We were invited by a former Akeley wood student, Bradley Roberts, who is in the first year of his DPhil in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. Bradley discussed his research [...]
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    U10 Netball v Spratton Hall

    9th March 2017
    A Team On Wednesday the U10 A team travelled to Spratton Hall. From the start of the game the girls were up against a very strong and experienced U10 team. The Akeley girls were quickly put under pressure early on and struggled to prevent Spratton Hall from scoring. Akeley continued [...]
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    U11 Rugby 7s at Bedford Modern

    8th March 2017
    Last week started with the U11 7s team playing in a festival at Bedford Modern. The boys started with a win over Bedford Modern B team, which really got them fired up. The final score was 25-0. The second game saw the boys step up a level with a win over Harrold [...]
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    U10 Football v MK Prep Football Festival

    8th March 2017
    Last week saw a 5-a-side U10 team play in the MK Prep Indoor Football Festival. Six teams took part in a round robin and I was delighted for the boys as they finished in third place. They drew three matches - won one and lost one. The last game was a [...]
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    Science - Year 7

    7th March 2017
    Last half of term, Year 7’s covered the Solar system topic. Their project was to make Solar System models. We have had some fabulous examples.   Mrs  Koshal Teacher of Chemistry and Science Akeley Wood School                     Mrs Kushal Science Teacher Akeley [...]
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    U13 v Bedford Modern

    6th March 2017
    On Friday, 3rd March Akeley travelled to Bedford Modern School to participate in their annual sevens tournament and were drawn in a pool with NSB, QE Barnet and heavy weights, Whitgift from London. Whitgift put us to the sword with a first half blitz and were comfortable winners with six [...]
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    Year 8 Art and Design Trip to The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

    6th March 2017
    On Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd March two groups of year 8 students went to Oxford to explore the cultural wonderland which is the Pitt Rivers Museum. By immersing themselves in the huge variety of objects and artefacts, which are presented in an imaginative way, Year 8 were able to [...]
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    Taking Responsibility

    6th March 2017
    On Thursday 2nd March, Year 7 and 8 had an assembly on personal responsibility. At the start of the assembly, Mrs Exarheas gave some notices: there is going to be a Library Club, a House Debating Competition, an opportunity to learn braille, and a BBC Report Day in which lots of other [...]
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    Vitality Netball Super Ten – Genting Arena

    3rd March 2017
    On Saturday 25th February myself, Mrs Howkins and 15 students departed Akeley Wood house and headed to the Birmingham Genting Arena for a day of top quality Netball. The first game started at 12pm with a mouth-watering clash between Loughborough Lightning and the newly formed Severn Stars, where the experience [...]
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    U14 Netball v Sir Henry Floyd

    3rd March 2017
    On Wednesday 1 March Year 9 A team played Sir Henry Floyd at netball. We got off to a strong start with our defence intercepting balls and our shooters, Maddie and Mia, scoring well. We maintained our strong defence and attack throughout, however, in the last quarter we were getting [...]
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    Year 9 Historians - VE Celebrations

    2nd March 2017
    These past few weeks in History our Year 9 Historians have been busy researching how lives were changed during World War Two. We culminated the learning of this topic with a VE Day Celebration lesson. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their own character for the party [...]
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    Just a dot in the skies

    2nd March 2017
    On Wednesday 1 March the Junior School held an astronomy evening. Mr Novakovic, and his friends from the Natural History Society, brought along their powerful telescopes and set them up to view the moon, stars and planet Venus. They were visible for about ten minutes until the cloud unfortunately rolled in, [...]
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    U11 Hockey v Maidwell Hall

    1st March 2017
    U11 Hockey v Maidwell Hall On Wednesday the U11 A team played a very tight and competitive match against Maidwell Hall. From the whistle, both teams were evenly matched and this showed in the score line early on. Amelia and Hope worked together really well to prevent Maidwell from scoring [...]
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    Inspired art by Year 7

    28th February 2017
    Following their trip to the Natural History Museum in Oxford where Year 7 pupils spent the morning sketching the insects on display, we have been working on watercolour paintings. We have used contemporary Turkish artist Ergan Inan as inspiration, and the students have achieved great accuracy in their observational drawing [...]
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    Help For Heroes Non Uniform Day

    28th February 2017
    Non uniform day raises £807.67 for Charity The last day of term, 10th February, saw yet another fundraising success for Akeley’s third chosen Charity – Help for Heroes. Students and parents gave generously on this non-uniform day and more than £800 was sent to the charity. A big thank you [...]
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    Fashion and Textiles now at GCSE and A Level at Akeley Wood School

    28th February 2017
    Thinking of a career in the Fashion Industry? With our new revised courses for GCSE and A-Level students have the opportunity to study Fashion and Textiles.  These qualifications provide the practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make real and useful products. The study of Fashion and [...]
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    Bercow Debate - Annual inter school competition

    27th February 2017
    Bercow Debate On Friday 24th February, we held our fourth Bercow Debate, an annual inter school competition, run by Akeley’s Senior Debate team under the watchful eye of the Rt Hon John Bercow MP – who has kindly lent his name to it.   This year, due to unforeseen, last [...]
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    U12 Netball - Akeley Wood School vs Royal Latin

    24th February 2017
    On Tuesday 21st  February the U12 played an away game against the Royal Latin school. Royal Latin had first centre pass. They were doing great passing, which ended up as a goal. Now it was our centre, and we did some accurate passing to the goal but the goal keeper [...]
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    Exceptional Poetry – Creative and thoughtful

    24th February 2017
    As part of her English holiday homework, Julia Normann 7LKJ, made this beautiful poetry diary and here is a selection of her poems. She used a typewriter on scrapbook paper to create a beautiful effect. The poems were inspired by events during Julia's holiday. The way in which she drew [...]
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    U14 Netball v Cokethorpe

    24th February 2017
    On 22nd February we had a netball match against Cokethorpe. It was so windy and that meant that we had to do short sharp passes. The game got off to a good start, using our short passes well and we had some good shots on goal. Unfortunately, Cokethorpe got the [...]
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    Sri Lanka Gala Ball fundraiser

    23rd February 2017
          Sri Lanka Team 2016 Join us for our fifth annual fundraiser – the biggest yet - in aid of our Volunteer Project in  Sri Lanka. Tickets are now on sale from lisa.stone@akeleywoodschool.co.uk for the Sri Lanka Gala Ball on Friday, 31st March 2017 at the Villiers Ballroom, Buckingham. [...]
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    Battle of the Bands

    23rd February 2017
    The Battle of the Bands is part of the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust’s Contemporary Music Strategy and is aimed at aspiring young musicians at secondary schools and we are delighted to announce that Sixth former Tom Brown has made it through to the final. This will be taking place at 6pm on Saturday, [...]
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    Cupids Bow at Tile House Mansion

    22nd February 2017
    Cupid’s Bow for Valentine’s Day Just before half term, Tile House Mansion held a Valentine’s Day Cupid Archery Competition. Couples were invited to enter from all Year 7 and 8 forms. The winners were Katie and Calum from 8IB and Jacob and Tyler from 7NBR. Many thanks to Harrison Westcott [...]
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    Akeley students perform  in High School Musical

    20th February 2017
    Past and present Akeley students took to the stage this weekend to perform the Disney hit - High Street Musical at the Stantonbury Theatre. Anaya played the lead, Gabriella, performing alongside Erin Hall, who played the other main part, Sharpay. Erin was a student at Akeley Wood until the end [...]
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    Akeley Under 12s 7s squad compete in MCS Tournament 

    20th February 2017
    After a bruising first game defeat against a much stronger (and bigger) team of giants from Portsmouth Grammar, Akeley raised their game and held their own in a series of closely fought matches against MCS and schools from KES Birmingham and South Wales on Sunday, 5th February. The best performances, however, were reserved [...]
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    Podium places at the English Alpine Championships

    20th February 2017
    Kayne Stanway of 7AOG is back in school this Monday following his latest training and racing block. He spent the week before half term training with his academy team, prior to travelling to Bormio, Italy to compete in the English Alpine Championships which took place in half term week. The English Alpine [...]
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    Project Volunteer Sri Lanka – News Flash

    20th February 2017
    Really exciting news! We have just received our summer challenge, and this year we have been asked to renovate and decorate a 'safe house' in which several generations of disabled Sri Lankans, rejected by their families, are looking after one another in really primitive conditions. The oldest residents are in their [...]
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    Photography Competition #THM

    17th February 2017
    Results as follows 1st  - Fergus Bassett 8KS 2nd - Katya Mackenzie 8FH 3rd - Christopher McCarthy-Archdeacon 8KS Highly Commended William  Shepherd 8KS     Fergus Bassett                                               [...]
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    Jacobsthal Holocaust Memorial Debate 2017 

    17th February 2017
    Akeley Wood's Senior Debate Team was out in force for the Jacobsthal Holocaust Memorial Debate 2017. Initially founded in partnership with Oxford University's archaeology department, the competition aims to encourage young people to celebrate the importance of free speech and diversity. This year’s event was hosted at Tudor Hall, Bloxham, on Tuesday 7th February [...]
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    Year 7 and Year 8 Castle Building Competition

    13th February 2017
    AWH 2017 History Department Castle Compeition winners 1st Place = Lia Gorman 7MDM 100 House points for Pilgrim! 2nd Place = Ewan Bell 7MDM 75 House points for Pilgrim! 3rd Place = Georgia Winney 7MDM 50 House points for Thompson!   Special Mention = Twana Sayar 7LKJ 25 House points [...]
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    Noughts & Crosses - Review

    10th February 2017
    I was on the edge of my seat, totally gripped, tears pouring down my face, captured in the world of Noughts and Crosses. For a moment, I forgot these were our incredible Akeley Wood Students and believed they were real people, fighting for equality and for their lives. For over [...]
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    Yr 10 GCSE ART and Yr 12 A Level Photography visit to the dreaming spires of Oxford

    10th February 2017
    On Tuesday 7th February, our Art and Design GCSE students spent the day at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The aim of the visit was to produce and collect drawings and sketches from first hand observation, which would then be used to enhance coursework portfolios. The group had diverse interests ranging [...]
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    Apprentice Talk

    10th February 2017
    Sixth Form students were visited by Mel, who is currently an apprentice studying for a medical qualification. She explained the diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities that offer qualifications at degree and Masters level. The students were excited to learn that there is a plethora of careers available - including finance, law and [...]
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    Hitchhiker’s guide to the Science Department

    10th February 2017
    A hitchhiker was welcomed into the Science department today, when year 9 pupils discovered a water snail on some pond weed we had bought to use in an experiment. Pupils looked at the snail under the microscope and we all agreed that he/she was really very cute! We were also interested to [...]
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    Netball triumph for Year 7 A Team

    9th February 2017
    On 4th February 2017, year 7 A team had a netball match against Thornton. Everyone in the team played really well and the defence made lots of good interceptions. In fact, the defence played so well that they only conceded two goals in the first half. We were all quite [...]
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    Coca-Cola Real Enterprise Challenge

    9th February 2017
    Despite one broken foot and an eye wateringly early morning, seven students from 10 EMC (including David Aburad, Sam smith, Jess smith, Jaiten Solano, Jemma Richardson, Ellie Coxall and Matt Lambros) arrived punctually at the iPro Pride Stadium in Derby to take part in the Coca-Cola Real Enterprise Challenge regional [...]
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    Natural History Museum - Oxford Year 7

    8th February 2017
    Natural History Museum - Oxford On 24th January, Year 7 went to Oxford to draw insects and birds from the extensive range of exhibits in the Natural History Museum. Two coaches left Tile House Mansion with the whole of Year 7 and the pupils had a very productive morning.  Everyone [...]
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    Nigel - The Tile House Mansion History Mascot

    8th February 2017
    Hello! My name is Nigel and I’m the TMH History Mascot. I am a Crusader Bear and really enjoy observing all the pupils learn in Room 2.2. This week I’ve been observing Year 7 as they prepare for their assessment on the murder of Thomas Becket. I’m pleased to report [...]
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    Orienteering at Tile House Mansion

    6th February 2017
    Y7 OAA lesson  - Outdoor Adventurous Activities. Orienteering Lesson with a modern twist - pupils are given clues to figure out and find the location, take a photo of it on the iPad to prove that they have visited the spot.              A very wet [...]
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    History Year 7 - Pupils Report

    3rd February 2017
    In History, we are studying the murder in the Cathedral. This is when Henry II fell out with his best friend, Archbishop Thomas Becket, and said, "who will rid me of this priest". Four bishops overheard this and thought they could gain the King's favour by taking action. Therefore, they got all [...]
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    Safer and better online!

    3rd February 2017
      Safer Internet Day 2017 is being marked globally on Tuesday 7th February with the slogan: ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’   The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and [...]
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    Junior Investigative Journalists

    3rd February 2017
    At Akeley Wood Junior School, we are preparing the new generation of journalists by running a Newsround Club. The first task for the club members is to come up with the stories they wish to investigate. They then go out and video clips and put them together in a Newsround style [...]
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    Fashion and Textiles now at GCSE and A Level at Akeley Wood School

    2nd February 2017
    Thinking of a career in the Fashion Industry? With our new revised courses for GCSE and A-Level students have the opportunity to study Fashion and Textiles.  These qualifications provide the practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make real and useful products. The study of Fashion and [...]
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    Maths Challenge

    1st February 2017
    Sixty of our students are taking part in the UKMT (UK Mathematics Trust) Intermediate Maths Challenge on Thursday 2nd February.   The UKMT Individual Maths Challenge is a paper containing lively, intriguing multiple choice questions, designed to stimulate interest in the subject. There are 25 multiple choice questions: 15 of which [...]
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    New Staff Member at the Senior School

    30th January 2017
    Hi, my name is Charissa Halliday. I grew up in Milton Keynes and I am an ex-pupil of Akeley, having spent my adolescent years enjoying everything the school had to offer. It was clear though, from a very young age, I had a passion for dance; and, at 16, I [...]
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    Indoor 6s – National Championships

    30th January 2017
    Georgie Davis played with Wycombe U18 Girls’ team at the Indoor 6s National Championships over the weekend of 21st and 22nd January, 2017. Held at the Whitgift School, the team won two matches to draw second place in their Pool, going through to the next round and meeting Surbiton in [...]
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    U11 Netball v Chandlings

    27th January 2017
    On Wednesday the girls travelled to Chandlings to play their second fixture of the season. As Chandlings did not have enough for their A team, the girls played a mixed A/B team and the Akeley girls moved and played in different positions. This was an interesting experience for the girls, [...]
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    U8 Ruby v Swanbourne

    27th January 2017
    I was delighted to see the boys play in their first match on Wednesday at Swanbourne. Each team played two matches the A team faced the A and B team from Swanbourne and the B team faced the C and D team from Swanbourne. I was delighted to see how [...]
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    Technicolour French Lessons

    26th January 2017
    Year 7 students have recently been practising colours in French. One task was to design a poster to show their learning. The quality of some of the posters was excellent; and the work that they have produced will hopefully help them to remember this vocabulary. Prizes will be awarded to [...]
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    A Level Chemistry Students visit the Organic Chemistry Laboratory in Oxford

    25th January 2017
    On Tuesday, 10th January eight students studying Chemistry A Level at Akeley Wood Senior School had an amazing chance to visit the Organic Chemistry Laboratory at Oxford University. The Chemistry Laboratory is in the middle of Oxford, and is a combination of a traditional, very old, historic building combined with [...]
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    Fabulous Fierce Theatre Makers  

    25th January 2017
    Fabulous Fierce Theatre Makers On Monday, drama students at the senior school were treated to a performance by collaborative performers, Holly Norrington and Teddy Lamb, of their self-penned show 'Pond Wife'. A radical reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale - The Little Mermaid, told through the medium of 90s [...]
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    Student Success - Flying solo

    25th January 2017
    Sam of 10EMC has become the youngest person in the history of Royal Air Force Halton to fly solo, after taking to the skies last week in an ASK21 glider. This is even more remarkable as flying commenced at Halton back in 1913. Sam has also been sent on a [...]
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    U10 Rugby v Bedford Modern

    25th January 2017
    This week started with all U10 pupils making the journey to play Netball & Football fixtures at Bedford Modern. Always a difficult place to go as the level of sport is high but over recent years we have really held our own. I was delighted with the results for the boys and [...]
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    U10 Rugby v The Croft, Quinton & BM Prep

    25th January 2017
    Last week over 100 U10 boys played football here at the Junior School. Our guests were; The Croft, Quinton and BM Prep. There were triangular matches being played on 3 different pitches and I was delighted to included all of the U10 boys to make A,B & C teams. All the games were close and [...]
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    Assembly at Tile House Mansion - Individuality - Student Report

    23rd January 2017
    On Thursday 19th January, we had an assembly about individuality. We began by being shown a picture of four different animals and we had to say what was similar about them. We were then shown a picture of Mr Seddon, and found out he had a twin! Mr Seddon told us that he [...]
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    No ‘Set’ Homework Week

    20th January 2017
    Last week, Tile House Mansion held a No ‘Set’ Homework week. This came about because of a suggestion by a Year 7 pupil; and comments made at a Parent Engagement Group last year. Instead of the normal homework set by teachers, pupils were asked to spend the time working on [...]
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    British Film Industry Awards 

    19th January 2017
    On Friday 13th the sixth form media students spent the afternoon at the Moving Image Awards, held at the British Film Institute in London.  Joshua Chadwick and Jude WM had been commended with the Special Mention Award for their year 12 Music video for the track, Psycho Killer.  The afternoon [...]
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    Year 7 Poetry Unit

    19th January 2017
    As part of the Year 7 poetry unit, students spent the lesson taking inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of Tile House Mansion to develop their understanding of metaphors. Working in groups, they wrote metaphors about an image of their choice, leaving the rest of the class to guess which object [...]
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    GCSE grades are changing

    18th January 2017
    GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest number of [...]
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    Akeley Wood School 70th Anniversary Celebration Concert

    16th January 2017
    SAVE THE DATE 7pm  Thursday March 16th 2017 Wavendon Stables More information to follow Mr Powell Director of Music Akeley Wood Senior School
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    Simply the best!

    16th January 2017
    Georgie Davis had a busy Christmas break, qualifying with her Wycombe Indoor Hockey team for the England Under 18 Girls’ Super 6s Championships. Taking place next weekend at Whitgift School, with matches on both days, it will be a tough couple of days for one of the top eight teams [...]
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    Tile House Mansion Assembly

    16th January 2017
    On January 5th 2017, we had an assembly when Mrs. Parker talked about all the bad and good things that happened in 2016. We talked about how there were lot of deaths in the United States and in other countries. We also talked about good things like celebrations; and how [...]
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    Taster sessions for Year 8 & 9 - GCSE PE syllabus

    16th January 2017
    Over the past week students in Years 8 and 9 have been having taster sessions of the GCSE PE syllabus to grasp some of the key content ahead of making their GCSE selections. We look at two key topic areas; one from the Anatomy and Physiology side, looking at Gaseous Exchange, [...]
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    School Closure information

    11th January 2017
    Akeley Wood House, Tile House Mansion and Wicken Park Sites We are writing to advise you regarding our adverse weather closure procedures which may come into effect as snow is forecast during the next few days. We will monitor the weather forecast closely and only implement these procedures if deemed absolutely [...]
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    ICT at the Senior School

    19th December 2016
    This year has been one of great change for the ICT Department at Akeley Wood as we have started to adapt our curriculum to meet the guidelines of the Government's requirement for Computer Science. At Key Stage 3 this has involved integrating such things as basic Python programming, Raspberry Pii; 3D printing [...]
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    Performing Arts

    19th December 2016
    We have had a very busy term in Performing Arts. For the first six weeks we focussed on Halloween in the run up to the Spooktacular event in which all students in Year 7 rotated across the three disciplines; drama, dance and music. For the second half of the term [...]
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    Senior School Textiles - End of Term News

    19th December 2016
    Year 10 students are working hard to develop and test their ideas for their make-up bag, new skills include putting in a zip and various embellishment techniques. GCSE and A-level students are busy making their final pieces as part of their coursework, I can't wait to see what exciting pieces [...]
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    Senior School PE and Games - Autumn Term

    17th December 2016
    Akeley Wood dominate the Latin rivalry In a rivalry that is steeped in history, Akeley Wood vs The Royal Latin is the fixture that teams from both sides target from the start of the year. Unfortunately in more recent times the matches have swung the way of the enemy however [...]
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    Music Department

    17th December 2016
    It has been a very busy and productive term for the music department. At Key Stage 3 our year 7 students have been studying The Musical Elements. They have spent some time discussing “What is Music?” and explored how they can use the sounds around them to make music. We [...]
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    Autumn Equestrian News

    17th December 2016
    What a great term we have had. The teams have represented the school at the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Championships, coming in the top 7 nationally,  for dressage and top 10 for show jumping. For the second year Akeley ran its own horse show at Addington Manor in November, [...]
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    Outdoor Education at Tile House Mansion

    17th December 2016
    During the past term we have had enormous amounts of fun using our Low Ropes system out in the woods.    Fall off the "telephone cables" and you will be washed away in a torrent of water created by the floods you have woken up to.  Get to the "hospital" or reach [...]
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    Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE

    17th December 2016
    This term has seen the first cohort of Year 10 students embark on the Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE.  We have spent this term working on Nutrition (what is in our food and how it makes our bodies work); looking at the sensory properties of food and doing taste testing [...]
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    Autumn Term English Department News

    17th December 2016
    This year the timetables of most of the English Department have been shuffled somewhat, and I have found myself once again sharing a classroom with Years 7 and 8. Having spent the last couple of years with older - and suitably cynical - teenagers, it has been good to have [...]
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    Senior School - Business and Careers

    17th December 2016
    It's been a busy term in Business and Careers, in Year 10 Business we started by looking at the qualities of entrepreneurs, where business ideas come from and how intellectual property can be protected. We then looked at Market Research and Mapping before going on to learn about the skills the [...]
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    Senior School - History and Politics

    17th December 2016
    This has been a busy term with plenty of effort and enthusiasm from our fantastic students across all three key stages. In Year 7 we have established our core skills as History Detectives and launched into the anniversary year of 1066. We commanded the back lawn for our re-enactment of [...]
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    Senior School Drama Department News

    17th December 2016
    The Drama Department this term have been treated to fantastic theatre experiences: in October we attended 'The Woman in Black' at the Royal and Derngate, in Northampton, which thoroughly scared the pants off everyone in the audience, and in November Looking Glass Theatre Company performed a WW1 play - 'Killed' - in the studio, for [...]
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    Maths - Senior School Autumn Term

    16th December 2016
    It has been a busy term in the Mathematics department. We introduced the new Year 7s to Mathematics at Akeley Wood Senior School by using a ‘Rio Olympics’ themed topic using averages to calculate the ‘Perfect Decathlete’. Year 8 have been working hard on their algebra skills and it was [...]
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    Senior School Art and Photography Department End of Term News        

    16th December 2016
    The Year 7s have had their introduction to Art at Tile House Mansion with a project based on fish.  They have experimented with a wide range of media and this has culminated in clay models of fish.  We will be preparing for our trip to the Natural History Museum in Oxford [...]
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    End of Term Drama News-Junior School

    16th December 2016
    Butterflies and Reception The Foundation Stage Drama lessons have been fuelled by the children's wonderful imagination.  In Pre-School the children have learnt about using their 'Drama Eyes' to pretend objects are there and explore imaginary places such as Mr Misery's House.  In Reception, we have used the familiar story of [...]
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    End of Term News-Art -Junior School

    16th December 2016
    Another busy end of term has arrived, trying to finish off our calendars to bring home for the New Year.  Everybody in the School has made one and collage seems to be the main medium this year: De Stijl inspired geometric shape in Year 2 ; seasonal trees in Year [...]
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    End Of Term Girls Sport-Junior School

    16th December 2016
    U8s - this term saw the U8 girls being introduced to 7 aside rules and positions. We have focused on instilling the basics of passing, dribbling and moving into space as well as the rules of the game. The girls have had skills afternoons and matches against Swanbourne, Winchester House and The [...]
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    End of Term News-Year 4

    16th December 2016
    This Autumn the pupils have been working extremely hard in Maths, English and Science subjects as well as Art, DT, Food Technology, Games and other lessons, making it a very busy time for the pupils in Year 4.  In October, to further their experience of Victorian life, they took part [...]
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    End of Term News-Year 6

    16th December 2016
    Well, here we are at the end of the first term in Year 6.  Time has really flown by but we have packed in so much both in and out of the classroom. Back in September we had the excitement of electing the first House Captains.  All the children who [...]
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    End of Term- Boys Sport- Junior School

    16th December 2016
    Well, what an excellent term of Rugby we have had. I can’t believe we are at the end. We have had over 35 school fixtures, along with playing in 12 Festivals. I have to say, I have been very impressed with the progress made by all the Rugby teams as [...]
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    End of Term News- Year 3

    16th December 2016
    This term the Year 3 pupils have taken a big leap from being Infants to Juniors. They have become more independent, responsible and have matured in many ways. The children have found that there are many advantages of being a Junior. They not only get to play on the big [...]
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    End of Term News- Music- Junior School

    16th December 2016
    It’s been a fun packed and noisy term for the musicians of the Junior School. Things got off to an exciting start when choirs, brass group and various instrumental soloists took centre stage in the early part of the evening at Woodfest. This was swiftly followed by auditions for Akeley’s [...]
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    End of Term News-KS1

    16th December 2016
      Year 1 Year One have had an extremely busy term. Not only have we had to get used to the daily rules and  routines of being in the main school building, we have learnt a lot in our lessons over the past few months. Our Topic and Science lessons [...]
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    End of Term News- Year 5

    16th December 2016
    What a busy term we have had in Year 5! At the beginning of term, the children settled quickly into the routines of their new year group and adjusted well to travelling between Tudor House and the main building for lessons. In Topic, we have been studying a new unit [...]
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    End of Term-Early Years & Reception

    16th December 2016
    Reception Reception children have had a very busy first term. At the beginning of September they quickly settled in and got used to their new environment and routines. They had lots of fun learning to be part of our team and following the Golden Rules. We started the term by [...]
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    Senior School Geography Autumn Term

    16th December 2016
    Earthquakes, China, Rainforests, Volcanoes, Flooding, Map skills, Migration, Globalisation, Tropical storms, Cold environments, Wildfires, Development and Disney... just a few of the varied and relevant topics studied in Geography this term across the different year groups. Interesting experiences amidst these included Year 7 creating spooky maps of the world's scariest places and making [...]
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    Senior School Carol Service

    16th December 2016
    On Monday December the 12th  over 80 students from years 7-13 took part in the Annual Akeley Wood Senior School Carol Service at the church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Buckingham. There was a wide range of performances in a variety of styles and genres, from Christmas classics, [...]
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    Holocaust Educational Trust - Visit to Auschwitz

    14th December 2016
    As a teacher you often get asked in the run up to half-term if you are going anywhere nice.  Especially in October when the weather here is miserable. People ask if you are going somewhere warm and sunny to sit by a pool or something. So when people asked me [...]
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    CEOP Assembly Year 7 & 8

    9th December 2016
    The CEOPs assembly was held on Thursday 1st December and it inspired the Year 7 and 8s of THM. The assembly wasn't strict saying you can't use Snapchat you can't use Twitter, Instagram or Facebook; it was more about changing your approach towards your attitude to social media. I feel that this [...]
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    Trevor Ray from Catch Development Talk to Year 7 and Year 8

    9th December 2016
    On Thursday, the 24th  November we had a special visitor in our assembly. His name was Trevor Ray and he works for Catch Development. He talked to us about how everyone sees the world differently, how valuable we are to one another, for our self-esteem, and encouraged us to be [...]
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    Sky Sports Living for Sport Programme

    9th December 2016
    On Thursday 8th December a selected group of Year 7 pupils took part in a session delivered through the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme. Alistair Patrick Heselton, who is a former Premier League footballer and Paralympian at the London 2012 Games, delivered sessions which focused on the ‘6 keys [...]
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    Lord William U12 Match Report

    9th December 2016
    Akeley boys were rewarded with an early try playing a team that appeared to be relatively weak in the initial stages of the game. However, after a period of strong defending Akeley conceded a number of tries due to missed tackles. Lord William built of their advantage and had a [...]
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    Christmas Hampers for the Milton Keynes Food Bank

    9th December 2016
    Once again, pupils and staff at Akeley Wood School  have opened their hearts, larders and purses to help make a difference in people's lives this Christmas.  As a community project, every form group have participated in creating a Christmas Hamper for the Milton Keynes Food Bank.    All in all, we [...]
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    Christmas Carol Service

    5th December 2016
    Please do join us. Everyone Welcome.
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    Year 8 Physical Education

    5th December 2016
    Mrs Deller's PE group have just completed a Dance unit.  The theme in this lesson was 'Grease - Hand Jive' which included learning a hand jive motif before choreographing an extension with a partner featuring lifts and twists! Mrs Deller Physical Education Teacher Akeley Wood Senior School       [...]
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    The Battle of Hastings

    2nd December 2016
    Year 7 have enjoyed re-enacting the battle of Hastings on the back lawn at THM. This supports their end of term assessment - Why did William win?        
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    Year 12 Higher Education Evening

    2nd December 2016
    On Thursday 1st December Akeley Wood Senior School  welcomed a range of Universities to help our Year 12 students begin to think about their future pathways and plan for University. The attendees heard about the following topics and the slides used have be