Latest School News

Treading the Boards

April 10, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

April 3, 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

March 29, 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

March 26, 2018

Big Bang Theory


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Spa and Spend Evening

March 15, 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

March 14, 2018

Sixth Form


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Student Council

February 20, 2018

Student Council


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Valentines Assembly

February 19, 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

February 8, 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

February 8, 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

February 8, 2018

Last Monday, Akeley pupils jetted off to the O2 Arena in London.


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Spanish in Year 7

February 6, 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

January 31, 2018

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme


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Colours in French

January 26, 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

January 26, 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

January 26, 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 

January 26, 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

January 26, 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

December 20, 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

December 20, 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

December 20, 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

December 20, 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

December 19, 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

December 19, 2017

Media and Film Studies


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Girls’ PE

December 19, 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

December 19, 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

December 18, 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

December 18, 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

December 18, 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

December 18, 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

December 18, 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

December 18, 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

December 18, 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

December 15, 2017

Languages


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History at the Senior School

December 15, 2017

History


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Science at the Senior School

December 15, 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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Maths at the Senior School

December 15, 2017

Maths


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Geography at the Senior School

December 15, 2017

Geography


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Music

December 15, 2017

Music


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English at the Senior School

December 15, 2017

English


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Art

December 5, 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

December 4, 2017

Year 6 visit Tile House Mansion


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Year 7 History Detectives

December 4, 2017

Year 7 History Detectives


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A Night at the Opera

December 4, 2017

Classical Opera


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Act of Kindness Calendar at Tile House Mansion

December 1, 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

November 23, 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

November 22, 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

November 22, 2017

Anti Bullying Week


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Akeley Wood Senior School Students entertain the crowds

November 20, 2017

Musical performances at  Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair


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U14’s secure their first win of the season

November 20, 2017

U14’s secure their first win of the season


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A Spooktacular afternoon!

November 20, 2017

Spooktacular Poetry singing drama


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England Hockey Champion Comes to Akeley

November 20, 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

November 20, 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

November 16, 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

November 16, 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  

November 10, 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

October 25, 2017

Business and Economics


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Akeleys Got Talent

October 25, 2017

Akeley’s Got Talent 2017


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Snowdonia Year 11

October 24, 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

October 24, 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

October 24, 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

October 24, 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

October 24, 2017

Sketching and Photography


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Akeley Wood School Equestrian

October 20, 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

October 18, 2017

Biology  at the Senior School.


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Mindful Moments

October 18, 2017

Mindful Moments


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England Netball comes to Akeley

October 6, 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

October 3, 2017

National Golfing Competition


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British Independent Schools

October 3, 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

September 27, 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

September 26, 2017

Roll up roll up to the Year 4 Big Bang day!


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Judaism – Year 11 Religious Studies

September 25, 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.

September 25, 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

September 19, 2017

Sixth Form Bonding Day


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