Akeley Wood School

Akeley Wood School


Our brilliant Sixth Form students describe exactly what they get out of an education at AW6. From small class sizes and close relationships with teachers, to the chance to mentor younger students and get involved with a varied co-curricular and future-ready programme, AW6 has it all. .

A big thank you to the students in this film!
Outstanding results from our Junior and Senior school team competing at the ISA National Athletics Finals in Manchester yesterday. Head to our blog to find out more about the team performance and just how brilliant these young athletes are: https://www.akeleywoodschool.co.uk/the-isa-national-athletics-finals-2022/
Sometimes you do have to pinch yourself on a sunny day when the stumps are out across our gorgeous grounds.
Parents and friends of Year 10-13 students, don't forget to get your tickets to our Ukraine Fundraiser band night on the 22nd June at AW6 with music from Sixth Form bands, refreshments, karaoke and a raffle. Tickets available until the 17th June on CognitaConnect.
Top news from the Akeley Kitchen!

We are delighted to report that Laura Smith, part of the Chartwells Independent team manning the kitchen at Akeley Wood, has come FIFTH in the nationwide Apprenticeship Chef of the Year Award. She beat hundreds to the semi-finals with her Jubilee inspired menu of spam fritter croquettes, 12-hr slow cooked spiced lamb and elderflower jelly.

She was then invited to cook a blind-menu challenge for a discerning panel of four top chef-judges, including Dipna Anand, and was awarded an incredible fifth place. We always knew the nutrition and culinary enjoyment of our staff and students at Akeley was was in safe hands, and here's the proof! Huge congratulations to Laura, and thanks to the whole kitchen team for bringing us consistently great food.
We're delighted to welcome students back after their Half Term break today and hope everyone is refreshed and ready to be back at school!

Before Half Term, our Year 6 students travelled to Dorset for their residential trip with Land & Wave Ltd. You can read a brilliant run down of the trip by Izzy in Year 6 by clicking here: https://www.akeleywoodschool.co.uk/year-6-residential-trip-to-land-and-wave/
Our athletes had a very successful run out at the regional ISA Athletics Competition in Bedford on Monday, with students from both Akeley Wood Senior and Junior Schools competing.

10 Junior School students have qualified for the national Finals in Manchester in June - Levi in the 800m, Finn in the Long Jump, Thomas in the 600m and Zack in the Throw. These four all won their events. The Year 4 girls' relay team of Iris, Hattie, Kezia and Leni, and the Year 6 boys' relay team of Finn, Sam, Harry and Levi also qualified. Akeley Junior won the year 4 girls' and year 6 boys' competitions overall at the event.

In the Senior School, highlights included – year 7 girls as overall team winners, and Year 7, Year 8 and 9 and Year 10 girls' relay teams all smashing their opponents and taking victory in great style. We had many other winners - all who have qualified for the National event in Manchester on Monday 13th June.

Hugely well done to all students who gave it their all and demonstrated determination, composure, bravery, and exceptional sporting prowess! !
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. In the interview he talks about how polite Akeley students are, and the importance of science in education to allow young people to make informed decisions about their future.

Click here to read the full interview: https://www.akeleywoodschool.co.uk/five-minutes-with-our-head-of-science/
Jubilee celebration activities are underway in the nursery, and we’re looking forward to our Jubilee picnic lunch and activities at the Junior School on Friday. 👑🇬🇧
Well done to our fantastic Akeley Swimmers who were part of this successful team!
Great swimming this weekend from Senior School students Beth and Izzie, and Gracie from the Junior School. The three girls, swimming for Bicester Blue Fins SC, won a haul of medals between them at the Milton Keynes spring event. Izzie in the U15s won five medals, three of them gold, and Beth in the U12s won six golds! Gracie, in her first real swimming open meet in the U9 age group won four medals, with two golds.

Outstanding swimming by all three and huge credit to Izzie and Beth for looking out for their fellow Akeley competitor!

Akeley Wood School & Nursery offers an exceptional educational experience for children from 1-18

Akeley Wood is a happy and caring school with an unpretentious approach. There is a strong emphasis on good manners, a friendly discipline, and looking after others. Naturally we strive for high academic standards, and the results achieved in public examinations are impressive. However, we are also concerned with education in its broader sense, and Art, Music, Drama and Sport are all important to

Operating as usual


School photo day. Thanks to Tempest Photography for making it almost as quick and efficient as it appears in this film!

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 17/03/2023

The whole Junior School has had the chance to decorate biscuits to give to someone special this weekend. There has been some enthusiastic sprinkling, and we hope the recipients enjoy the sugar rush!

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 16/03/2023

The Year 9 and 10 trip to Normandy continues with days packed with fun and experiences. Yesterday the students split into groups to explore the pretty town of Avranches, tried their hand at bread making, and spent the evening with some fun evening activities including volleyball, trampolining and competitive petanque with Mr Sumner! They have also visited a farm that uses its products to make sweet treats such as fudge and caramel as well as more cheese! The students are having a great time, and finding out a lot about French culture and cuisine.

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 14/03/2023

It's Science week! Our Year 11 GCSE Chemistry class were looking at Chromatography today with Dr Lawrence, separating the mixture of soluble chemicals in leaf extract - in this case spinach with it's green pigment chlorophyll. Students prepared the leaf extract crushing spinach with sand as an abrasive, and propanone as a solvent, and created chromatograms to observe how the process separates the leaf extract in terms of bonds between particles.


It's back! The Akeley Wood whole school music competition. We have so many brilliant musicians at Akeley - and we encourage you all to get your entries in - online for Senior School by 2nd April, and in person for Junior School students by Friday to let Mrs Little know you'd like to get involved.

The top entries will go through to a live event in April to discover who will be this year's Akeley Wood Musician of the Year and Young Musician of the Year!

Very exciting, and we can't wait to see your entries.

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 09/03/2023

Year 4 are having a great bonding time together on their residential trip at Rock UK Frontier Centre in Northamptonshire.

As you can see there is quite a bit of snow! But that hasn't dampened spirits, and has in fact added a certain novel element to the trip. We are so impressed with their 'can do' attitude, and they have been enjoying all the fun things to do including the adventure playground, orienteering, archery, team challenges, relaxing in the lodge yesterday evening with reading, activity books and colouring, and lots of fun in the snow!


Our Junior School choir were part of the 6000 strong team of singers that recorded this single with Heather Small. If you’d like to support the Place2Be, then you can now buy the single and raise funds for child mental health. 👏

Help the Young Voices Choir and Heather Small get to number one, and help raise vital funds for children's mental health. 🙌 💛

Their charity single 'PROUD' is out now, with all proceeds coming to Place2Be. The single features every single voice from the Young Voices 2023 concert series - over 120,000 children!

Learn more 👉 https://bit.ly/3Yt8CAC


Next Friday we have a ‘Taster Day’ at our Sixth Form campus - AW6. The day is designed to give a real flavour of what Sixth Form is like with us - for anyone considering studying here. You will experience a day in the life of an AW6 student, get to meet teachers and discuss subject options, find out more about our Future Ready programme and look around our fantastic campus. Do register with our Admissions Team if you’d like to join us.

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 08/03/2023

Some good conversations are being had over coffee at our AW6 networking event for Year 12 & 13 students this morning. With representatives from many industries including personal finance, pharmaceuticals, journalism, construction and sales, students are both finding out about the world of work - in many guises - and honing their ability to start and maintain a good conversation.

Huge thanks to all our guests for coming along and investing in the future of our young people!

Schools Guide Spring Summer 23 07/03/2023

Schools Guide Spring Summer 23

We're delighted that our Outdoor Learning has been featured as a case study in the latest edition of The Week UK's Independent Schools Guide. The article, 'A Breath of Fresh Air', starts on page 27, and we are featured on page 29 - click on the link below to read.

Our Forest School at the Junior School and Outdoor Learning Area at the Senior School really have the wow factor - we're lucky to have plenty of space and live up to our name 'Akeley Wood' with woodland and green land all around our sites. Our experience has shown that the value of this experiential learning opportunity is so high, that we recently extended Outdoor Learning sessions all the way up to students in Year 9.

Additionally we have two special 'Get to Know Us' Forest School sessions on 13th March and 24th April, for any families considering a Reception place for this September. Contact our Admissions team for more details: 01280 828122 / [email protected]

Schools Guide Spring Summer 23 Schools Guide Spring Summer 23


What a day we had at the ISA Cross Country Championships at Worksop College with our combined Junior and Senior School team on Saturday.

We are very proud our students who put everything into their running and supported each other in their races throughout the day.

Special mention must go to Sophia C who came an incredible 3rd in her race, and Tabitha B who was not far behind her in 9th place. Florence F in Year 7 also did fantastically with a 15th place.

Well done Team Akeley!

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 02/03/2023

Our Nursery and Junior School children and staff have had a great time dressing up for World Book Day. We’ve had Matildas, a Gangsta Granny, Eeyore, Billionaire Boy, the Cat in the Hat and many more wonderful characters around school today!

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 01/03/2023

Akeley Wood students from both Senior and Junior schools had a fantastic day at the ISA Cross-Country regionals yesterday and no less than 19 students have qualified for the ISA National finals next Saturday - this is exceptional!

Huge congratulations to all of those who ran. Mr Busby said: 'All students represented Akeley Wood School with aplomb on what was a tough hilly course.'

Mr Lemon said: 'We took 22 runners and are extremely proud of them all. They really had to dig deep on what was a tricky course.'

Senior School qualifiers are:
Year 7 - Tom M (4th), Finn S (7th), Florence F (2nd), Logan J (4th)
Year 8/9 - Sophia C (1st), Tabitha B (3rd), Emily K (4th), Katie L (7th), Daria H (10th), Fraser C (10th),
Year 10/11 - Ellie G (4th), Ruby L (10th).

Junior School qualifiers are:
Year 4 - Josh P-H, Marlene W, Vivian P.
Year 5/6 Alfie P, Thomas S, Hattie K, Grace J.

It was a true whole school Akeley event with Senior School students supporting Junior and vice-versa. We wish everyone so much luck for the Championship event on Saturday!

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 28/02/2023

How to inject a bit of rock and roll into Tuesday lunchtime - join the guitar ensemble with Mr Ayres. Black Sabbath, Green Day and Lenny Kravitz numbers are wafting out of the top window of Akeley Wood House as students eat their lunch below. Lots going on!

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 25/02/2023

It was wonderful to meet all the families who came to our Senior School and Sixth Form Open Morning today. We hope you enjoyed getting to know our school.

There are many more opportunities to visit the school - including our Junior School Open Morning next Saturday. Do visit our website to find out about and book onto this and Breakfast with the Head events, Taster Days and personal tours.



Three of our wonderful Year 7 students, Emma, Harriet and Katie-Lou, took part in the first U12 girls tournament to be held at Northampton Saints Rugby Club last weekend.

The girls played brilliantly with tries for all of them throughout the tournament against teams from Ipswich, Peterborough, Northampton and Bedford, winning 4 games out of their 6.

Afterwards they were able to watch the Saints v Sale match and the Loughborough Lightning v Sale women’s match. A great day for them all!

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 21/02/2023

Our Year 11 students have been at AW6 today to experience what life as a Sixth Form student there might look like.

They began by hearing from Elevate Education about study skills and time management tips, and also heard from Jennie Hunter from Smartstream who likened students to pieces of coal and encouraged them to find and work to their own strengths. 'Through the years, your environment, surroundings and personal experience have shaped you, and will continue to do so. Under pressure, you will become diamonds!'

Current Sixth Form students showed the Year 11s around AW6 and they were able to experience some of the A Level curriculum in taster lessons. There was a real buzz around as students looked to their futures and found out more about AW6!


Students and Staff are back at school today after Half Term, and we're very much looking forward to welcoming you to our Senior School and Sixth Form Open Morning this Saturday 25th February.

Details are below - please do let us know if you are planning on coming.


Read our great Muddy Stilettos Schools review, and join us for our Senior School and Sixth Form Open Morning on the 25th February, or our Junior School and Sixth Form Open Morning on 4th March.

Call or email our Admissions Team to book on 01280 828122 or [email protected]

Akeley Wood School is a friendly, inclusive non-selective three-site nursery, junior and senior day school close to Milton Keynes, taking boys and girls from age 1-18 in an attractive rural setting. Click the link to read the full review or head over to the open day on 25 Feb 2023: https://bit.ly/3YWGFlm


We hope all students have a wonderful break and come back refreshed after Half Term.

Akeley Wood School: 'The Door'. Full version. 09/02/2023

Akeley Wood School: 'The Door'. Full version.

TODAY is the day! Our new film 'The Door' premieres at 6pm tonight. Don't miss it - the link to watch is below and will become live in just a couple of hours.

We really hope you enjoy it and a really heartfelt Thank You to all at Akeley Wood School who have been involved in the process and the fantastic team at JonesMillbank. This is beginning to sounds like an Oscars acceptance speech....!

Please do tell us what you think in the comments below.

Akeley Wood School: 'The Door'. Full version. 'The Door'. Take a magical journey through Akeley Wood School from Reception to Sixth Form. Produced with JonesMillbank, January 2023.


Out today - look out for your emails parents/ carers!

Our annual Voice of The Parent Survey will be sent out to families on Thursday this week.

Every year we use the valuable feedback from this survey to help us improve what we do at the school, so please do take the time to complete it and let us know how we're doing.

Look out for the communication about the survey on Thursday.

Akeley Wood School: 'The Door'. Full version. 08/02/2023

Akeley Wood School: 'The Door'. Full version.

Come back here from 6pm tomorrow night where you will be able to watch the online premiere of our fantastic new film - The Door.

Take a magical journey through Akeley Wood School from Reception to Sixth Form.

Do share!

Akeley Wood School: 'The Door'. Full version. 'The Door'. Take a magical journey through Akeley Wood School from Reception to Sixth Form. Produced with JonesMillbank, January 2023.


Only 2 days to go to the launch of our new film 'The Door' in which you can take a whistle-stop tour of the world of opportunities awaiting you at Akeley Wood School.

Watch this space for details of how to watch from 6pm Thursday 9th February - diarise it now!


Unbelievable skies over Wicken Park for this afternoon’s football fixtures.


Our annual Voice of The Parent Survey will be sent out to families on Thursday this week.

Every year we use the valuable feedback from this survey to help us improve what we do at the school, so please do take the time to complete it and let us know how we're doing.

Look out for the communication about the survey on Thursday.

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 03/02/2023

A busy afternoon at Wicken Park for our Year 3 netballers and footballers making their debut representing the school against local teams. There was great parent support, commendable sportsmanship on show and skillful play too. We hope they had a great time and felt really proud of themselves. The first of many fixtures for this impressive bunch!

Thanks for making the trip Broughton Manor Preparatory School and Nursery and The Grove Independent School.

Photos from Toddle About MK and Beds's post 03/02/2023

Photos from Toddle About MK and Beds's post


Well this is exciting! The filming is done, final edits are well underway from our wonderful production team at JonesMillbank and it is just a week to go until the live premiere of our new film for Akeley Wood School: 'The Door'.

Set your alarm for next Thursday 9th February at 6pm, settle down with the family and come right back here for a magical three minute journey through the whole school. We can't wait!

Private School Careers - Jobs At Akeley Wood School 30/01/2023

Private School Careers - Jobs At Akeley Wood School

Amongst other roles we are recruiting for two full or part-time Learning Support Assistants at the Senior School.

For more details of the roles and to apply, please visit the careers page on our website:

Private School Careers - Jobs At Akeley Wood School Are you looking to work for us? See our latest vacancies and apply for a teaching or non-teaching role at Akeley Wood School online here.

Michael's fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease Association - JustGiving 30/01/2023

Michael's fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease Association - JustGiving

An update on running 5k every day in January from Mr Lemon, with his last run ahead of him tomorrow.

'Legs are still working away, I've done some cold road runs recently. I'm delighted to have gone over my £1000 target and I'd like to say a massive personal thank you from me for all the support, kind words and sponsorship. I really do appreciate it.'

There is still time to add to his fundraising total for MND Association. The link can be found below.

Well done Mr Lemon!

Michael's fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease Association - JustGiving Michael's fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease Association - JustGiving

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 27/01/2023

On Tuesday we took a choir of 26 children from the Junior School, who’ve been practicing since September, to the Young Voices Concert 2023 in Birmingham.

We took part in a 3 hour rehearsal and then the 2 hour performance where we sang 10 songs and collaborated on ‘Proud’ with Heather Small from M-People! It was recorded to be produced as a single for the charity Place2Be.

What a wonderful day - and the feeling of singing in a choir of over 6000 singers was incredible!

We returned to school after 11pm but it was well worth it!


Do take the opportunity next Tuesday at 5.30pm to come and see the stunning new improvements we've invested in at AW6 - our Sixth Form campus.

We welcome parents and friends of students from Year 7 and upwards. Please do let our Admissions Team know if you'd like to come along, on 01280 828122 or via email at [email protected]

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 19/01/2023

Back in December last year, to celebrate Antartica Day, some of our Year 7 students took part in a competition to design a flag which would then be taken to Antarctica. Four of our students' flags were chosen for the trip, and Neil Brims, an electrician volunteering at the British Antarctic Survey, took our flags to the Halley Research Station. You can see him below with our flags!

Well done to Logan J, Ethan L, Holden S and Zahra H for their winning designs, and thanks to UK Polar Network for making it happen.

Photos from Akeley Wood School's post 09/05/2022

Monday morning - the sun is out and so are our students!

While Hannah, the girls and womens development officer at Bucks Cricket engages Year 7 girls in the game, other Year 7s are given some sprint training on the field by Mrs Howkins and Miss Chapman ahead of athletics season. Tennis is happening on the astros and Year 7 boys are getting some cricket practice in ahead of their fixture tomorrow.

It’s a great way to start the week!

Independent School Jobs - Private School Jobs - Akeley Wood School 09/05/2022

Independent School Jobs - Private School Jobs - Akeley Wood School

We are currently recruiting for a full-time Admissions Registrar to support our team, as well as several other full and part-time roles. Please visit our website to find out more about our current vacancies: https://www.akeleywoodschool.co.uk/about-us/jobs/

Independent School Jobs - Private School Jobs - Akeley Wood School If you are considering a new role within education, why not enquire about a job at Akeley Wood School, a dynamic and friendly place to work.


Summer dresses are go at the Junior School! ☀️


And we bring you - more adventures from Year 3 and 4 at Cuffley on their residential trip away this week! Active Learning Centres


Our Year 3 and 4 children are really throwing themselves into life at Cuffley Active Learning Centres on their three-day residential trip.

They've settled into their cosy forest pods, enjoyed some hearty meals and have been getting stuck in to activities such as tomahawk throwing, teamwork challenges and archery, as well as enjoying s’mores around the campfire and exploring their woodland setting. There are many many more adventures to come before they return to school!

Your educational adventure starts here!

Akeley Wood School begins at Wicken Park, home to our happy and vibrant Nursery and Junior School. Set in acres of private grounds in Wicken village, our rural location means an abundance of safe space for play, sports fixtures, outdoor learning and our superb Forest School. Classrooms are ablaze with the impressive work of our happy pupils who are inspired by their skilled, specialist teachers.

Years 7 and 8 are based at Tile House Mansion, where there’s no rush to grow up too soon. We delight in seeing the youngest of our Senior School pupils playing during break and lunchtimes - a rare sight at most secondary schools. Years 9 through to Sixth Form are located a mile up the road at Akeley Wood House, where we take a progressive and ambitious approach to teaching and learning.

Across our three glorious sites, Akeley Wood pupils enjoy a rich tapestry of academic, cultural and social opportunities. We value good manners, kindness and have high aspirations for all pupils.

Being a co-educational, through-school enables us to cater for the needs of families with children aged from 12 months to 18-years-old. This is but one factor that helps create the close-knit family atmosphere at Akeley Wood School.

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