Welcome to Luckley-Oakfield School
The words and pictures contained in this website can only give a glimpse of Luckley; a personal visit will enable you to see and experience far more.
Luckley is a thriving, welcoming community. Our size ensures that every girl entrusted to our care is provided with the right balance of challenge and support to allow her to develop her full potential. Girls leave Luckley with a blend of qualifications and confidence, well-prepared for adult life. High academic standards are underpinned by an ethos of concern for others and a strong sense of human worth.
Committed teachers and expanding facilities support a wide range and varied curriculum. The flexibility of choice between day, weekly, flexi- and full boarding education means that the needs of all families can be met.
This is a school with much to offer and we would welcome the opportunity of showing it to you. Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Cope to make an appointment.
Miss V A Davis BSc (London) ARCS
Luckley-Oakfield School aims to provide a high quality education based on Christian principles. Whilst individual academic skills are, of course, recognised and fostered, great emphasis is also placed upon the development of the whole personality. Luckley offers every girl a rich range of opportunities through which to develop her self-confidence and adaptability. Girls educated at Luckley will experience a curriculum rich in spiritual and moral values and enhanced by a cultural and physical dimension. Luckley girls are well prepared for adult life in every respect. High academic standards, together with excellent preparation for higher education and the world of work, are underpinned by an ethos of concern for others, unselfish attitudes and an awareness of the rights and duties of a good citizen.
Oakfield School, Kirby Lonsdale
|A Little History|
Luckley, founded in 1918, has always occupied its present site. The main house, which dates from 1907, replaced Luckley Manor, an ancient property mentioned in the Domesday Book. Oakfield School was established in the Lake District in 1895. The two schools were amalgamated on the Wokingham site in 1959 as an independent educational trust regulated by the Charity Commissioners.
|Luckley in the 21st Century
Today, the school is a thriving community of over 300 girls. The elegance of the original buildings has been enhanced and complemented by sympathetic development of additional facilities. Luckley's staff are committed and caring for every individual, offering a wealth of experience and qualifications.
"When you come to Luckley you will probably be really nervous, worrying about everything, such as have you brought the right equipment, will you manage to find your way around the school? will you make friends and will the teachers like you? But, you really shouldn't worry - you will be fine and should be extremely excited! You have to remember that there will be many other new girls that are all thinking the same as you. So, relax, enjoy yourself and have loads of fun!"
(Year 8 student)
The following comments were made by Year 7 students on joining the school:
"The School makes you feel at home"
"The older girls were really nice from the start"
"All the teachers are really kind in our lessons"
"The Drama room looks great"
"There wasn't too much homework which I was dreading!"
"The school is really friendly"
"My first impressions were that the sport was really good"
"I felt welcomed by everyone at Luckley"
"One hundred percent better than my previous school"
During their first three years at Luckley-Oakfield, the girls are offered a broad and balanced curriculum.
Subjects covered in Year 7 include English, Mathematics, Sciences, ICT, Geography, History, French, Religious Studies, Music, Art, Drama, Textiles Technology, Food Technology and PE.
Girls with mild learning difficulties are welcomed at Luckley. We are particularly able to support students with dyslexia and dyspraxia.
Provision at Luckley includes spelling and reading clubs at lunchtime and after school for Year 7 and 8 pupils. We also provide 1:1 support lessons (charged at the rate of £40 per hour).
Spelling and reading assessments are taken by all students on entry and action is taken according to results and past history of the individual.
For extra time to be given in exams, the student must have an educational psychologist's report which recommends the concession. We are able to organise for a student to be assessed at school.
Parents are encouraged to communicate any concerns about progress and staff are happy to meet with parents when necessary. Regular pastoral meetings are held so that staff teaching each year group can raise concerns and discuss strategies for helping individual pupils.
|Personal, Social Education and Citizenship
There is a cross-curricular approach to Personal, Social Education and Citizenship. Form tutors also discuss some of these issues with their tutor groups.
Towards the end of Key Stage 3, the girls are given advice concerning their choice of subjects for Key Stage 4, to ensure that they continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum.
|Please click on the relevant button below for full details of courses available at Luckley. |
Luckley girls have a full range of educational visits to supplement their studies. You will also gain an insight into career counselling at the school and details of our public examination results and University destinations.
Cornish House is the focus of the sixth-form, providing a space for study and enjoyment of school life. The purpose-built block consists of shared rooms for both boarders and day girls, a comfortable lounge area, conservatory with a pool table, computer suite, student kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities.
Sixth-form library and careers resources are located on the mezzanine floor of the Jubilee Library which is set aside for the older girls to use for study and research.
Most students study 4 AS subjects in Year 12, continuing with 3 at A2 level in Year 13. A wide range of courses are available. Our careers advisor and subject staff provide help and advice on the best combination of subjects for girls to achieve their goals. ICT skills and qualifications may be gained through 'workshop' sessions, including Word Processing qualifications.
||Departments arrange attendance at academic lectures, conferences, theatre trips, study trips and socials. Exchanges can be arranged for linguists and residential field study for geographers takes place. Study trips abroad are arranged by numerous departments; previous locations have included Kenya, Paris, Florence, Berlin, Madrid and the Alps.|
Introduction to Sixth Form
An Information Evening is held in the Autumn for pupils and their parents. They are invited to discuss their choice of AS/A Levels with subject staff as well as have a tour of Cornish House. Pupils then submit their application forms before Christmas.
Pupils and parents are offered informal interviews early in the Spring Term. The Headmistress and Head of Sixth Form discuss the girls' subject choices with reference to interests, aptitudes and possible career plans.
An Induction Course is held for prospective Sixth Form girls after the examination period in the Summer Term
The following courses at AS/A Level are currently available. Please click on the subject to find out more.
Pastoral Care at Luckley
|Luckley enjoys a reputation for high standards of pastoral care. All girls have daily contact with their form tutor, who takes a close interest in their academic and social welfare. Regular meetings with the Assistant Head provide a forum for all staff to discuss the individual progress of each girl. Parents are welcomed into school to talk over any concerns which arise. Relationships with families are of uttermost importance and this is reflected in Luckley's approach to communicating with parents. The School sends communication home with the girls as well as using PARENTMAIL an email and text communication service.
Sixth Form students are also assigned to a form tutor who monitors their progress and gives them additional support necessary for the university application process and career choices. There is a specialist careers advisor and library of careers resources.
|Life Skills Programme|
A comprehensive programme embracing citizenship and careers along with personal, social and health education (PSHE) is part of the core curriculum for Years 7 to 11, timetabled as 4U. This is taught as a discrete subject with additional support from form tutors. Jubilee library contains additional material that girls can access. Outside speakers regularly complement the work of the Luckley staff. Sixth Form provision remains under the direction of the Head of Sixth Form with support from tutors.
|The 'House' System
There are four houses at Luckley: Beatty (red), Nelson (blue), Drake (green), Jellicoe (yellow).
Luckley encourages team effort. This encompasses the annual Christmas Cracker event, Sports Day, Swimming Gala, Junior and Senior Rounders, Tennis, Netball, Badminton, Hockey, House Music Festival. Winners receive 'stars' towards the end of year House Cup and also go on a house outing to Thorpe Park at the end of the summer term.
Stars are awarded to gain house points for good work and being helpful, but equally they can be lost!
Regular socials are organised throughout the School to which local boys schools are invited. The socials normally take the form of a Disco, held in the Sports Hall. Soft drinks and snacks are available to purchase.
Luckley has a well-equipped surgery and sanatorium run by two fully qualified Nursing Sisters, with 24 hour medical cover available, as well as ready access to the school medical officer.
Boarding at Luckley will enhance a girls' life through providing various opportunities:
• Sharing and Caring
• Forming and cementing relationships
• Developing team and leadership skills
• Organisation of prep
• Learning and developing study techniques
Luckley offers weekly, full and flexi-boarding opportunities. Pre-booked packages are available which offer a range of options. Please contact the Registrar for more information. The junior and senior boarding houses are located in the main school building and there is a purpose-built Sixth Form house.
The Year 7-11 boarding houses have a structured prep time, complemented by a vibrant atmosphere that is caring, warm and friendly. ICT Suites are available to assist with prep.
For the full boarders an exciting programme of weekend activities is available - these include: Shopping trips, cinema, Rounders, Swimming, Horse-riding, creative face painting, BBQ, Paintballing, Italian Dinner, Fun Art, DVD & Popcorn evening, Seaside trip, Windsor picnic & Eton chocolate shop, Mystery trip, Czech Republic traditions, Safari Adventure, Overnight camping, American Happy Hour (Hollywood Theme), Adventure in the Woods. These activities change on a termly basis.
The Sixth Form Boarding house provides a stepping stone from school to University life, offering a 'home from home' where fun, community spirit and independent thinking are encouraged. Boarders are encouraged to become more independent within a safe, supportive framework before gong away to University, providing an opportunity to:
• Learn to live with others
• Become more independent
• Take responsibility
• Enhance life skills
• Broaden cultural experience
A range of activities is on offer both at weekends and during the week, to enrich the girls' entire school experience. Girls also benefit from access to the Art, Music, ICT and Sports facilities on campus, which, in their final academic years, can be an invaluable resource.
|Here's what some of our boarders have to say:
"I'm a full boarder and I think it's great. We get to do lots of activities and make many close friends. During the weekends we go ice-skating, camping, bowling, shopping, to the cinema and lots more." (Yr 11 student)
"Having so many people in boarding is great because you never get lonely and always have people to cheer you up" (Yr 10 student)
||"Sixth form boarding at Luckley has a friendly, caring environment. All girls have study bedrooms which they share either with another boarder or a day girl, as well as a common room especially for the sixth form, a computer suite and conservatory with pool table. We have a full time houseparent who lives on the premises, who is always there for any girl who has a problem or if she just needs a chat. The weekend boarding community is like a big family." (Yr 13 student)|
"Boarding is a great experience; it teaches you to live with others as well as developing many other skills vital for university and adulthood. At Luckley there is a great feeling of community in Sixth Form boarding and you will make some of the strongest friendships of your life!" (Yr 13 student)
|Admissions and Open Days
If you are interested in learning more about a place for your daughter at Luckley, please contact our Registrar, who will send you a prospectus pack and will be pleased to arrange the opportunity for you to visit the School and to meet the Headmistress. The Registrar, Mrs Cope can be contacted by emailing Registrar or by telephone on 0118 974 3221.
We hold two annual Open Days in October. However, smaller group appointments are held each week, usually on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Families are warmly invited to attend our forthcoming Open Morning and Open Afternoon.
Saturday 13th October 2007 from 9.30am to 12.00noon
Wednesday 17th October 2007 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm
The next Entrance Examination for Year 7 will take place on Saturday 19th January 2008. For entrance to Years 8-10 in 2008, the examination will take place on Wednesday 23rd January 2008. We look forward to welcoming you.
Once your daughter is registered and has reached her final couple of years at preparatory or primary school, we shall invite you to school events such as music and drama productions. Details of our entrance examination will be sent to you in the autumn term prior to admission.
Our entrance examination for Year 7 entry is held on a Saturday in January. For Years 8-10, it is held during the following week. The exam consists of papers in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. We aim to advise you whether a place is to be offered within 2-3 weeks of the exam.
Arrangements can be made for applicants from overseas to sit our papers at their current school.
Wherever possible, applicants for Year 12 entry will be invited to interview.
If places are available, we will consider admitting girls to Years 7-9 during the academic year.
Application Form can be downloaded here. Please complete and return with registration fee.
|Fees (with effect from September 2006)|
All tuition, boarding and school transport fees are payable in full in advance and any changes are subject to one term's written notice. Fees must be paid on or before the first day or term to which they relate. Disbursements are normally invoiced as extras, in arrears, together with the advance fees. Should there be a need for the School to chase for late payment, administration and additional costs will be charged (min £30). The School offers a scheme that allows fees to be spread on a monthly basis.
There is a termly charge for textiles and food technology, arts and crafts. Insurance for the loss, theft, or damage to a pupil's personal possessions whilst at school remain the parents responsibility.
Pupils sometimes need to purchase personal materials and their own texts, which they can annotate for examination purposes.
A £600 deposit becomes payable once a place is offered, and in addition, for a girl whose parents are domiciled overseas, a further £500 is required. These deposits will be set against the final term's disbursements, and in the case of an overseas deposit, refunded when the parents are domiciled in the UK.
Fees will be chargeable for extra subjects and one term's written notice is required to terminate lessons. There are approximately 10 lessons per term. Peripatetic teachers may teach some of these extra subjects, and will submit their own bills which should be paid directly to them.
|£3,599 per term
|£10,797 per annum|
|£5,683 per term
|£17,049 per annum|
|£6,162 per term
|£18,486 per annum|
|Piano, Singing, Guitar, Brass, String, Woodwind instruments
|£140.00 per term
|Speech and Drama
|£73.00 per term
|£11.00 per lesson
|Personal Tuition (eg EAL)
|£40.00 per 60 min lesson
|£230.00 per term
|Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
|£59.00 per term
|Per night flexible boarding
||£36.50 per night
Bursaries and Scholarships
This scheme allows girls whose families cannot meet the fees to benefit from the excellent
educational experience at Luckley-Oakfield School with means-tested awards of 100% and 50% of fees offered at Year 7 and Year 12 entry.
Year 7 Entry:
Academic Scholarships (up to 20% of fees) based on the results of the entrance examination with minor awards being made available for exceptional performance in one area of the examination.
Music Scholarships are also offered based on performance and interview. This provides for peripatetic teaching in one or two instruments up to GCSE level.
Sixth Form Entry:
Additional academic scholarships are awarded plus awards for Music, Drama, Sport and Art.
All items of the Luckley uniform are available to purchase from the Uniform Shop, based at the School.
Personal appointments with the Uniform Coordinator are made for each new entrant. For existing pupils the Shop is open on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime and on Thursday after school (by appointment only). To make an appointment please contact the Uniform Coordinator.
For full details of the Luckley Uniform please click here.
Coach transport covering routes from Maidenhead, Camberley, Windlesham, Hartley Wintney and Wokingham Station is available. For details of times and cost or to make a booking please contact the Registrar. Please note that one term's notice is required for the cancellation of this service.
An elegant Edwardian country house with attractive lawns and gardens forms the core of the School.
Development in recent years has added modern facilities to enhance the learning experience at Luckley. Specialist teaching areas include:
• Modern, purpose-built science laboratories
• The Jubilee Library building, which also houses the
• Spacious Mathematics classrooms with Interactive
• Well-equipped ICT suites
• Humanities teaching area
• Modern Languages Department with satellite TV facilities
• Extensive sports facilities including heated covered
• Specialist accommodation for the creative arts including
drama studio, music practice rooms and recently-
extended art studios
• Food Technology and Textiles Technology classrooms
• Boarding accommodation including purpose-built Sixth
|Why not use some of the facilities available at Luckley-Oakfield School?
The School rents out its facilities for:
• Indoor and outdoor sport
• Regular club events (Netball, Volleyball, Badminton, Hockey,
• Residential accommodation during school holidays
• Training Days / Away Days
• Covered heated Swimming Pool
• Concerts and Performances
• Baptismal services
• Wedding receptions
• Private Dining
• General Meeting Venue
Contact the Bursary for further details about hiring facilities.