Broad and Balanced – an Enriched Curriculum
Akeley Wood Senior School combines historic grandeur with state-of-the-art facilities. The buildings have been adapted and equipped for modern, 21st century education and offer the ideal environment in which big ideas can flourish, inspiring a lifelong passion for discovery in all our students.
Our strong academic tradition is equalled by our unwavering emphasis on music, sport and the creative and performing arts, together providing a broad and balanced curriculum for every child.
From September 2021, we are bringing our Senior School together, promoting Years 7 and 8 into our Akeley Wood House Campus. The Campus boasts a number of historical and purpose-built contemporary buildings that have been artfully constructed in keeping with the character of the pre-existing site. Our fully-equipped classrooms, laboratories and teaching areas, including specialist rooms for art, textiles, design technology, music and drama, provide a stimulating and engaging atmosphere for teaching and learning in which staff and students alike can thrive.
In the sporting arena, our provision of excellent sports facilities reflects the prominence of PE, sport and games at Akeley Wood. Akeley Wood House contains a sports dome, providing sheltered multi-use facilities; rugby/football pitches; netball courts; astro-turf pitches and tennis courts where many a school sporting record is set.
Building confidence through Music
Music is a core curriculum subject and encompasses singing, specific instrument tuition, theory and composition, with enhanced learning opportunities and masterclasses from visiting professional musicians.
With fully equipped music rooms, dedicated practice rooms and recording studios, the music department has plentiful space for the School’s many choirs, orchestras and bands to prepare for their performances at the much-loved Woodfest and other annual festivals, competitions and events.
Self-expression with Drama
Throughout the school, drama is prized as a means by which all students can find the tools for greater self-expression and confidence. Our annual productions create opportunities not only to take to the stage, but behind the scenes in assisting with costume and scenery, or lighting and sound.
Those excelling in acting may opt to take peripatetic drama lessons leading to LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) qualifications.
Nowhere is the creative spirit enfolding Akeley Wood more apparent than in the breathtaking artistic creations and outstanding GCSE and A level exhibits from Senior students, who are encouraged to experiment with art, textiles, design and technology and photography to discover their passions and reflect their unique view of the world.
Regular visits to galleries serve to fuel students’ imaginations further.
Multi Sport Disciplines
Our fun and inclusive PE classes, taught in our enviable multi-use sporting facilities, are mixed ability and cover a wide variety of activities, from traditional sports such as rugby, football, hockey and netball, to archery, badminton and even strength and conditioning for older students.
Teams in multiple sports compete in regular matches at local, county and national level, and sports-loving students can take PE at GCSE and A level.