Akeley Wood Senior School

Akeley Wood Senior School, Akeley Wood House, Buckingham, MK18 5AE
Akeley Wood Sixth Form, Tile House Mansion, Lillingstone Dayrell, MK18 5AN

01280 860 182

11-18 yrs
English National Curriculum
Type of School
Day School
Main Language


Akeley Wood Senior School is an independent day school for children aged 11-18 years. It is part of Akeley Wood School, which serves children from the age of 12 months to 18 years across three different sites in Buckinghamshire, all based in magnificent buildings in tranquil, peaceful countryside. Our school motto 'Be Kind. Work Hard. Play Hard and Be You. Brilliantly.' ensures that the school community celebrates talent across the  board and students feel like they are valued.

Years 7 to 11 are based at our Akeley Wood House Campus and we have a dedicated Sixth Form campus called AW6. The Senior School curriculum is designed to help develop pupils knowledge and understanding of not only core GCSE subjects but also a wide range of topics, to give them a global perspective. In addition to the in-classroom practices, pupils have ample opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities including sport and regular trips and visits to enhance their learning.

At Akeley Wood Senior School, students achieve exceptional academic results at GCSE and A Level, but in equal measure have great opportunities to develop their creative talents, sporting abilities, positive personal qualities and self-esteem. At the heart of our individualised learning approach is our ability to understand precisely where each child is at every step of their learning journey.

The curriculum features an excellent balance of academic and creative subjects, with students normally choosing to take the more challenging options at GCSE and, equipped with the highest A Level grades, proceeding to a wide range of destinations including the top universities.

Through regular assessment we gain a picture of their abilities in each subject and use this to develop individual learning plans that set the right amount of academic challenge, targeting areas of the curriculum which need more focus and differentiating in areas where your child excels.

Vanessa Conlan

Executive Head

An experienced teacher of 20 years, the last 8 in headship, Vanessa is a graduate of the University of Southampton where she obtained a BEd (Hons) in Primary Education with music specialism.

Vanessa has taught in a range of schools through her teaching career, most recently leading a multi-cultural school in a challenging area of South West London. Her strengths lie in teaching, learning and assessment and her passion lies with the Early Years and getting the very best start in education for every child. Vanessa is a mother of two energetic young boys, is a Harlequins Rugby club season ticket holder and loves to travel, camp and listen to live music with her family.

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