Yesterday a team of Akeley Wood Athletes made up of Junior and Senior school students made their way, very early, to Manchester Regional Arena for the ISA National Athletics Finals, having qualified for the event at the Regional competition in Bedford a few weeks ago. what a stash of medals we won - five bronze, five silver and two gold medals for two Year 8
Our Year 6 student Izzy has written this fantastic sum up of the trip that year 6 took to Dorset before Half Term. Thanks to Izzy for bringing it to life for us. 'From Monday 16th May to Friday 21st May, me and the rest of Year Six went on an unforgettable trip to Land and Wave. Everybody loved Land and Wave. “I really enjoyed it
In January we welcomed our new Head of Science, Mr Jeffrey Shipway, to Akeley Wood, so we thought it was high time we caught up with him and found out about his vision for Science at the school. You’ve been here as Head of Science for 5 months now, what are your first impressions of Akeley? My first impressions are that Akeley Wood School is
In a first for Akeley Wood - we ventured into the sport of Triathlon last week! Early on Friday morning Miss Wood accompanied by students Beth, Katie, Daria, Matthew, Ella, Sophia, Jack and two Sams, and a band of supportive and enthusiastic parents took the trip to Ipswich High School for the Independent Schools Association National Triathlon event. The year 7 and 8’s competed
Last week was National Careers Week, where across the country, careers guidance and the myriad of free resources available to students are highlighted and celebrated. At Akeley Wood, where we take readying our students for their next step after they leave us very seriously, we took full advantage of all the focus and resource available at this very important stage in the academic calendar for
We are absolutely delighted to report that Ben T, who left Akeley Wood in 2021, has won the top award at the WJEC Moving Image Awards 2022, hosted at the British Film Institute in London last week. Ben won the 'One To Watch' award, after being nominated in the 'Best music Video' award category. The Moving Image Awards, which has been designed in partnership with
We are delighted to welcome the new Headmaster of Akeley Wood School, Mr Christopher Drew; a highly experienced Head who joins the school following a very successful career in education that has spanned almost thirty years. After attending the universities of Cambridge and London (KCL and LSE), Mr Drew worked in independent schools for ten years, firstly at Warwick then at Rossall. After leading an
This week at school we celebrated the New Chinese Year – the year of the Tiger. The catering teams across all three of our sites cooked up delicious Chinese food including quorn and chicken kikin bao buns, noodles, gyoza, rice and spring rolls. Students and staff had varying levels of success with chopsticks! At our sixth form campus, five of our Chinese students gave a
Hot off the press - our latest termly newsletter, The Akeley Press, is jam-packed full of news from the Autumn term. Click the image below to read the full issue. We hope you all have a very relaxing Christmas break and a lovely New Year.
"I can’t believe we’ve now come to the end of the Rugby & Hockey term here at the Junior School. It has been a fully packed term of lessons, clubs, fixtures and festivals and I’m delighted with how the term has gone. Our teams have performed so well and picked up some excellent results along the way but what has again been pleasing, is the
At the beginning of this academic year, fifteen of our Year 12 students set out to create their very own business through the Young Enterprise initiative. Supported by our dedicated Sixth Form Careers Advisor, Mark lambert, they have not only done just that, but have proceeded to create a sell-out product line. The company, Bycell Hampers, produce luxury hampers full of a selection of locally sourced items. Their
Our Year 11 students are celebrating excellent GCSE results today – the fourth year of improvement in a row as the school continues to deliver an excellent teaching and learning programme matched by equally impressive pastoral care and support. Akeley is a non-selective school and is proud that it offers an exceptional standard of education across all subjects enabling children to exceed their expectations. The
Our students are today celebrating excellent A Level and BTEC results – the fourth year of improvement in a row! The school is placed quite firmly at the top 1% of all schools nationally for the progress students make during their time there. This is the Value Added measure. Akeley continued to deliver an excellent teaching and learning programme, both online and in the classroom
In Year 8 History lessons our fantastic students have all been independently researching a WWII battle of their own choosing. This led to a wonderful presentation opportunity last week. We decorated a classroom in the Year 8 bubble for a VE Day themed celebration with union jack flags and some students even dressed up for the special occasion! Lots of House points have been earned.
On Thursday 10th June 23 student volunteers took part in a virtual tour of UK's Parliament. The students were phenomenally engaged in each activity, suggesting new laws and expanding on their awareness of how Parliament and our UK voting system works. The visit finished with a virtual meeting with Buckingham's MP, Greg Smith. Students took turns to politely grill him with a range of their
We are delighted to announce that Mr Gareth Griffiths has been appointed as the new Head of the Junior School from September 2021. Mr Griffiths has a wealth of experience, formerly Headteacher and Executive Head of Bayards Hill Primary and Barton Park Primary. Prior to that Mr Griffiths was Headteacher of Lace Hill Academy. Mr Griffiths has already started working with Ms Dowson to provide
We are delighted to announce that Alana and Miranda have both been awarded the Bronze certificate in the recent Chemistry Olympiad. Designed to challenge and inspire, the UK Chemistry Olympiad is the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the British Isles. This enriching experience is a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field. Budding chemists
Year 13 BTEC students are today celebrating their impressive set of results. Students sat their examinations in January and achieved a 100% Pass Rate with 97% Merit and Distinction. The full breakdown is: 61% Distinction 36% Merit 3% Pass Congratulations to you all!
The ISA Art competition is held annually, and the four winners from the regional North London competition were entered for the ISA National Art Finals. We are delighted to announce the results and congratulate our students who have been placed: Katie - 2nd place - Photography KS5 Charlotte - 2nd place - Sketch book pages KS3 and 4 William - Highly commended - Drawing KS4 The
The ISA Art competition is held annually, and this year it was particularly important to celebrate and recognise the hard work done by the students in the Creative subjects. The Creative Arts Department at Akeley Wood School selected work from across the disciplines of Fine Art, Textiles and Photography. We entered 10 submissions to the regional North London competition and are very proud that 8
All at Akeley Wood are delighted to receive a fantastic set of EPQ results for the November cycle of: 2x A* 4x A 1x B 2x C Huge congratulations to the Sixth Form students who have worked really hard to achieve these qualifications, which will support their University applications and in several instances, result in a reduced offer for first choice courses which is wonderful
Despite such a challenging year, this very special Year 11 cohort have continued to inspire and amaze us with their resilience and determination. The sun shone at Akeley Wood House this morning as students collected their GCSE results and reaped the rewards of all of their hard work. Envelope after envelope revealed fantastic results and we couldn't be prouder of each and every one of
Celebratory drinks and bacon butties may have given way to sanitised pens and face masks this year during the A-Level results morning, but our Year 11 students celebrated none-the-less thanks to a plethora of outstanding results. With 58% of students acheiving A* - B Grades, and 83% acheiving a Grade C and above, we couldn't be prouder of our Year 11 cohort. The hard work
Our students may not be in physical school at the moment, but as well as their lessons, students have continued to enjoy sports, specialist subjects and competitions through our bespoke online platforms. One of the larger competitions that takes place during the acadmic year is the Akeley Music Competition, which recently went ahead in a new virtual format. Our students rose to the challenge and
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We are delighted to report students are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, with 36.4% of total grades at 9 – 7 (A*/A). An impressive 25% of students achieved a grade point average of 7 and above! We are particularly delighted with our Science grades which were exceptional across the board. From our cohort of 85 students, 25 grade ‘9’s were achieved! For the triple award
Sixth Form students from Akeley Wood School are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results with 48% of grades at A*/B and 81% at A*/C grade. Akeley is a non-selective school and our focus is on achieving the very best results each student is capable of. This is why our ‘Value Added’, that’s the achievement over and above students’ expected outcome, is so important
On Tuesday, 7th May the Akeley Musician and Young Musician of the Year Competition took place at Akeley Wood House. This was a fantastic evening of entertainment, featuring some exceptional performances from musicians in both the Junior and Senior School. We are pleased to announce that Rory H, Year 9, gained the title of 'Akeley Wood Musician of the Year 2019'. Congratulations to Rory for
On Friday, 3rd May Year 7 Mathematics and Historians enjoyed a collaborative trip to Bletchley Park. Once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers, Bletchley Park is now a vibrant heritage attraction open to the public to visit and enjoy. Students immersed themselves into the history of WW1 and took on the exciting challenge to break the codes, revealing spy John Cairncross! Student comments
At the end of the Spring Term, Year 8 students enjoyed a presentation by local language learning guru, Lindsay Williams. Lindsay speaks over 12 languages and has been able to travel the world meeting other polyglots, and learning even more languages.In 2012 Lindsay kick-started her own venture, by opening her own private languages tuition company 'Lindsay Does Languages'. Lindsay teaches languages to individuals, corporate groups
On Friday 29th March, Chrissie Borland B.A. Hons Fine Art, delivered a workshop in a whirl of colour to our Akeley Wood Senior School students. Chrissie introduced students to a variety of techniques, such as scumbling and scraping - all with the view to developing a textured abstract landscape. Students were enthusiastic and open to her encouragement, and produced some fine outcomes by break. The
Congratulations to all students who took part in the Akeley Wood School Music Competition during the Spring Term. Over two days at both Tile House Mansion and Akeley Wood House, we saw over a hundred fantastic music performances including drums, xylophone, voice, piano, guitars, brass, woodwind and strings. It was amazing to hear a variety of music at such a high standard and it was
On Tuesday, 2nd April we welcomed Year 5’s and 6’s to Tile House Mansion from Wicken Park, for a day of total immersion in all things THM. Pupils arrived curious, excited and ready for an action-packed day of inter-house activities. Eager Year 8’s had the responsibility of planning and delivery a selection of challenging tasks to the below year groups, whilst teachers were on hand
Year 8 Hattie was among the stars of the new, highly anticipated DC Super Hero Movie ‘SHAZAM!’ last week, as lead-man Zachary Levi who plays the Super Hero Shazam, opened London’s first super-powered funfair to mark the film's launch. Hattie was invited along to be filmed playing at the fairground, which offered members of the public the chance to become superheroes for the day, taking
Year 11 Food and Nutrition students have recently completed the practical part of their final GCSE examination. The examination board brief - Plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes that are: a good source of protein suitable for pescatarian or vegan; or a range of dishes that meet the nutritional needs and appeal to teenagers; or a range of dishes that are based
On Wednesday 27th February the U10 A team played in an Indoor Football Festival at Milton Keynes Prep. This is always a tough festival and is nonstop from start to finish. The boys played five matches against Bedford Modern, Berkhampsted Prep, Milton Keynes Prep and Broughton Manor Prep. After the group games, the boys had won 3, lost 2 and went into the final with 9 points. The
On Tuesday 26th February the U11 A team travel to Malvern St James to play in the ISA U11 Netball festival. The sun was shining and the girls were ready for a big day of netball playing some huge schools such as Stafford Prep, Crackley Hall and Malvern St James. The girls played 8 games in total in their group and won 5 games and lost 3. The girls finished
This week in Religious Studies the Year 9 GCSE students have been time-travelling back to 1st century Jerusalem to investigate a crime. Students were greeted outside the room in their first lesson with news that a crime had been committed and their job was to solve it. The authorities were very concerned and were anxious for a resolution. It soon became clear that the body
Year 12 Life Learning this term involves preparation for life beyond school. Over the course of the term students will have a session on Food & Nutrition which involves preparation of a well-balanced meal, working out the cost per-head and general survival on a budget. Monday saw the first group put it all in to practise. Having researched ingredients beforehand, the students developed some healthy nutritional recipes. A tasty
Before Christmas, Year 5 completed their work on their local area by writing a letter to John Bercow MP. They shared their findings from our trip to Buckingham, both positives and negatives and the feedback they had received from local people. Over the holidays we received a letter back from John Bercow, where he had responded to the points we had raised and even mentioned
The Reception children had a surprise parcel arrive this week. Inside they found a bear who was travelling around the world. He has come to teach them about different countries and cultures. We started this week by learning about England and the children enjoyed our cream tea, with tea and scones. We also set up an explorer's camp as our role play, where they have
We are delighted that over 30 of our Junior School children have been chosen to have their poetry published in 'Poetry Wonderland - Poets from Buckinghamshire' by Young Writers, following their participation in a competition which had over 20,000 entries! We are looking forward to seeing their work in print at the end of March.
Year 7 students have recently been learning how to describe their bedrooms in French. In 2010, the photographer James Mollison took a series of photos which were made into a book called ‘Where Children Sleep’ The photos were taking around the world and provide an insight into the lives of others. Students have been reading descriptions of the bedrooms in French, matching them to the
Year 7 French pupils were enjoying playing the translation board game 'No Snakes, No Ladders' today, enabling them to practice talking about their homes and local area. We play this game regularly, across a range of topics. Pupils play individually or in pairs, and must correctly translate sentences into French in order to progress around the board. The referee has the answers and checks that
Following her four show run as Jr Principle Dancer in Little Shop of Horrors this Summer at Milton Keynes Theatre, Vivo D'Arte invited Hattie and six other young performers from the show to take part in their Gala Evening; A Night at The Musicals at The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury on 16th November. The evening was put together to celebrate 6 years of the theatre company Vivo D'Arte and was
We are delighted to be included as part of the school partnership with Northampton Saints Rugby Club. Our senior school students have enjoyed outstanding coaching skills this term with a member of the Saints squad during their Games afternoons. During the second half of term we were delighted to be invited by Saints to watch the match against Wasps. At half time students had the
We were delighted to learn that Ellie in Year 11 represented England in the British Eventing under 18 Development Squad at the Nations Cup Competition at Millstreet International Horse Trials in Ireland in August. She competed in the FEI 1*, which includes the 1* dressage test, 1.15cm show jumping and 110cm cross Country. Ellie finished a fantastic 7th out of 64 competitors, being the 2nd
After the success of Akeley’s teams in the practice game, the main challenge is now afoot. Teams now have two separate portfolios which students need to manage and trade stock for – Active Investor and the Strategic Investor. Students are limited to a maximum of just 10 trades per calendar month. Students are now competing to win the top prize of a trip to New
On Friday evening, the Drama Studio at Akeley Wood House was buzzing with excitement, ready to treat the audience to an array of talent on the stage. Parents, friends and family, joined staff and performers for a night of dance, comedy, circus skills and battle of the bands! A rise of excitement built as the spectators started to take their seats for what was set
Brecon Beacons 12th – 15th October 2018 If Storm Callum thought that it could stop the Akeley students from completing their Gold practice assessment, then it needed to think again! Throughout four days and nights of persistent wind, rain and cold, fifteen Year 12 and 13 students were pushed to their limits in the most difficult conditions, which even made the news! Students participated in
On Friday evening, the Drama Studio at Akeley Wood House was buzzing with excitement, ready to treat the audience to an array of talent on the stage. Parents, friends and family, joined staff and performers for a night of dance, comedy, circus skills and battle of the bands! A rise of excitement built as the spectators started to take their seats for what was set
The first visit port of call on this 3 day excursion to Snowdonia was Ail Wynt, a wind farm situated just outside of Snowdonia National park. Students considered the pros and cons of the scheme as well as the key stakeholders involved. Lovely sunny afternoon, the wind turbines make you feel small and are quite mesmerizing. Saturday Evening was spent orienteering, developing their talents in
Year 10 Business and Economics students are getting the ‘real feel’ for the London Stock Market. The Student Investor Competition involves teams investing £100,000 of virtual money on the London Stock Exchange. Students need to keep their portfolios healthy by following the ups and downs of the market, judging when to buy and sell in order to make a profit. On Monday 24th September 2018,
Students studying the creative arts at the senior school, Art, Textile and photography, have produced some great work using various techniques and using a range of medium. Year 9 students have been exploring various print techniques using Botanical Forms as their inspiration. They have tried Mono-printing, Printing with botanical items and have today been bringing this mini project together with a repeated pattern onto fabric. Here
Students in Year 7 & 8 really had their creative heads on for the European Day of Languages Bake Off challenge. An outstanding selection of entries poured in the door on Monday Morning. Thank you to all of those who managed to enter. Results as follows: YEAR 7 1st Greta and Katie A Paella cake 2nd Hattie M French Cupcakes 3rd Joint Lucie H
As part of their weekly enrichment programme, students at Akeley Wood Senior School have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of activities where staff and pupils work collaboratively with experts in the community. Opportunities range from Fencing to Wakeboarding. Students develop a new range of skills, encounter new challenges and enhance their talents. This in turn broadens the students’ experience and develops skills that
Year 7 have begun preparations for the inter-house Conker Challenge and explored ways to gain advantage, soaking the conkers in vinegar and the slow bake option. . Watch this space and follow us on HERE Facebook to see how the competition shapes up!
On the 15th of September 2018 our Bronze DofE practice expedition was held. We were dropped off by the coach with the teachers to meet the instructors who would help us plan our route. After about an hour of prep, our group (5) set off. The weather was good which kept us going, it was hard work especially as most of us hadn’t carried weight
On Thursday 13th September over 25 excited Year 7 and 8 students participated in celebrating the wonderful world of Roald Dahl. The students completed a Treasure Hunt which took them across the grounds of the Tile House Mansion in glorious sunshine, hunting for the answers - all of which were linked to Dahl's books. From the first name of Matilda's beloved Miss Honey to whom
We are delighted to report that during the summer break Year 9 student, Kiera Foster won the Bucks county qualifying tournament, and qualified for the “Global Road to Wimbledon Finals” http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/road_to_wimbledon/index.html) The tournament is played at Wimbledon on the Aorangi grass courts under full Wimbledon regulations. This means full player support (including seamstresses for clothing; but notice baths!) and with full match referees and
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
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’
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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 –
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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),
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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