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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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Pupils and teachers celebrate excellent GCSE results.

August 24, 2017

Excellent GCSE results. Eclipsing the national picture.  


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Students celebrate A Level achievements

August 24, 2017

Students celebrate A Level achievements


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Junior School – Art

July 11, 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

July 11, 2017

Year 1 End of Summer Term News


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Senior School – Creative Arts

July 10, 2017

Creative Arts – Senior School


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Junior School – ICT

July 6, 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

July 6, 2017

Outdoor Learning


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Junior School – Foundation and KS1 – Drama

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 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

July 5, 2017

Senior School End of Term Sports News


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Workshop run by Buckingham University Students

July 4, 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

July 4, 2017

History End of Term News Senior School


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