Akeley Wood Senior School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
11 - 18
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

Ofsted report
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
Top grades at GCSE (9-7)
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
A level average point score
Average A level result
Boarding Type
Day Fees Per Term
Pupils with SEN support

Leaver Destinations


Top Grades Compared With Other Schools

59% Independent Average Akeley Wood Senior School 38% GCSE

Top grades at GCSE (7-9) and top grades at A level (A*/A)

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School Prospectus

Akeley Wood
MK18 5AE
01280 860824

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School Description

Akeley Wood School is an independent co-educational day school for pupils from the age of one to eighteen, from nursery through to Sixth Form. We are a school which strives for the highest academic achievement for our pupils and the results achieved in public examinations demonstrate this. Our school has a wonderful family feel, where our pupils are challenged and encouraged to gain the most from their education, with unrivalled support in order to achieve excellence. The school offers a happy caring environment in which pupils can excel not just in academic subjects, but in sport, creative and performing arts, or wherever their individual strengths lie. The school fosters agile minds and a self confidence that enables our school leavers and graduates to feel completely at ease in their own skin. With a class size of about twenty or less, passionate teaching, and a focus on the individual needs of each pupil, Akeley Wood nurtures pupils with a range of ability and gains the best outcome for each child.

Akeley Wood Senior School Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“Outstanding School”

The timetable works well to give the children plenty of outdoor time and my daughter absolutely loves forest school. My daughter started in October having originally gone to a state school for 4 weeks and so I have something to compare this to and the difference is huge. I now feel fully involved with her education with the help of the cognita app, I know her teachers are accessible if I have any concerns and I genuinely drop her off at school knowing that she will learn something new every day and have a great day in the process!
“Highly Recommend”

Akeley Wood has already helped my daughter thrive with the transition to senior school. This transition was an age I was always nervous about but when I looked around Akeley, I felt comfortable and welcomed. She has picked up new subjects very quickly that she has not had before (French and Spanish) and is showing improvement in others that previously were not her strong points, such as maths. So much so that she wanted to do the Maths option for the EC day, I never thought I would see that happen!
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News, Photos and Open Days from Akeley Wood Senior School

Last update: 29 March 2024


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At Akeley Wood we firmly believe that every child has talent. It is our job to nurture that talent throughout their education. Our school curriculum is interesting, challenging and motivating to stretch every child's natural ability.

At Senior level, we offer fun and challenging additional learning resources to students who are identified as having exceptional talent in subject areas. For Years 10-12, we offer aspirational experiences including visits to Oxford and Cambridge that encourage them to aim high, whatever their chosen path.

Inspiring greater self-assurance, confidence, and meaningful engagement in the outside world, the benefits of our creative and supportive approach to fostering talent and self-expression are profound.

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Meet the Head: Vanessa Conlan

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

My grandmother and parents always said I was a natural teacher from a very young age! I was good at guiding and taking charge of my younger siblings with a favourite game of mine being playing schools. After considering all my options at school, I finally decided to pursue teaching after completing my A levels and I went directly to a full 4 year teacher training course.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

Having been a Head for 15 years now, there are so many! Of course, I am always proud of inspection outcomes as they are validation of the great work done in the schools I lead day to day – proof that we are doing the excellent job we want to be doing. However, the biggest achievements for me are still rooted in the actual difference I make to individual children within the role I hold. Whether that be achieving GCSE and A-level results beyond what an individual thought was possible, discovering the love for a new activity introduced as part of our curriculum offer, mastering reading down to an intervention we have introduced, pride in winning a competitive sports match, jumping in a muddy puddle when worried about the dirt, winning an association art competition or simply being happy at school and enjoying every experience and opportunity available. Every achievement makes me proud. 

What does a successful school look like to you?

To me, successful schools are happy schools. These are schools where students are deeply invested in their learning because they love it so much and where teachers and support staff take great joy from their interactions with students and from the role they have in progressing their learning and academic achievement, their life skills and their relationships with others. In these environments, students thrive in all aspects of their learning and development because they feel safe, secure and know the adults that work with them want them to succeed at the highest level possible for them.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

It’s so hard to choose just one. At Akeley Wood, we want our students to aspire to be the best they can be, to have integrity, to be responsible, resilient and courageous. If I had to choose one, I think it would have to be courage. To have the courage to be yourself, the courage to push yourself to do the things that are hard, the courage to pick yourself up and try again, the courage to stand up for the things you believe in and the courage to aim higher.

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Akeley Wood Senior School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.