Luckley House School


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Roll: 85 (Boys) 218 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11-18 years
  • Founded: 1918

General Information

The uniqueness of our school lies in the combination of our strong Christian ethos and our size. We are proud to be a small school – this enables us to focus on the individual, providing an education that affirms talent and develops potential. Luckley House School is an excellent school, with high academic standards and exceptional pastoral care.

Flexible boarding packages mean that the boarding community is always lively, with a mix of full boarders, both from the UK and abroad, weekly boarders and day pupils taking advantage of the ad hoc overnight stays available. The school has recently undergone complete refurbishment of the boarding accommodation to create separate houses for boys and girls, providing fresh, modern bedrooms and common rooms for the boarders.

Means-tested bursaries, academic, art, music, sport and drama scholarships are available at Luckley.



Luckley House School boasts superb facilities, including modern classrooms and laboratories, a state of the art music centre, spacious art studios, a large sports centre with extensive playing fields, cross country tracks, netball and tennis courts, a fitness suite, trampoline, dance studio and a climbing wall.

An on-going programme of refurbishment and development ensures that we preserve our beautiful buildings and add new facilities to our site. Over the last few years the Food Technology Suite, Textiles Suite, Science laboratories and Boarding accommodation have all been refurbished. 2016 saw the opening of The Whitty Theatre, a spectacular 178 seat performing arts centre.

Entrance Requirements

All pupils are required to sit our entrance examinations in English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning. We also request a report from their current Head and all candidates will have an interview with our Head or senior member of staff.


We offer Academic, Music, Drama, Art and Sport scholarships for entrants into Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12. Some bursaries are available – please contact the bursar on

Open Days

2020. We offer an Open House every Friday morning – visitors can arrive for coffee with the Head at 9.30am, followed by a tour of the school at 10am.

For details of Years 5, 6, 7 and Sixth Form Taster Days, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Claire Crombie on


2019/2020. Day: £5,662 per term. Weekly Boarding: £9,183 per term. Full Boarding: £9,907 per term. Flexi-Boarding – Ad-hoc night : £45. Overnight stay (after trips/evening events): £33.50. Forces and sibling discounts.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs J Tudor

Contact for enquiries: Mrs C Crombie, Registrar

Luckley House School
Luckley Road
RG40 3EU

[t]: 0118 978 4175

Location Description

Luckley is set in the perfect location for families looking for a boarding school, at a stone’s throw from both the M4 and M3 and with easy rail links into London and other major cities.

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School News

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On Saturday 29 June, the hottest day of the year, over 100 past pupils and staff came back to Luckley to celebrate the end of

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the Centenary Year Celebrations with a sparkling afternoon tea.

Ladies who were at school in the 1950’s to those who only left last year were entertained by local band, Jaxannah, enjoyed a delicious tea and spent time catching up with old friends.  We even had ladies who had travelled from America, Australia, Canada and France to be with us to celebrate!


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Year 10 pupils had a lovely day in the sunshine on Monday 13 May, carrying out fieldwork as part of their IGCSE Biology course. They looked

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at the differences between two types of woodland: deciduous and coniferous. This involved the favoured equipment of all biologists: the quadrat! Pupils found the correct way to use a quadrat with tape measures and random numbers (not throwing as in a PE lesson!) They also spent time looking for invertebrates such as woodlice, spiders, millipedes and slugs. There were mixed reactions to some of the discoveries, but most really enjoyed the chance to spend time in the woods exploring their surroundings. They also found some vertebrates including a large toad and a newt.

The pupils finished the day in the classroom with the dedicated teachers at the field centre, and looked at the validity of their findings along with some statistical analysis.

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Luckley House School celebrates more than a new academic year in September. When the students and staff arrive for the start of term, they will

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be a part of an historic Centenary cohort marking 100 years of the School in Wokingham.

The original Luckley School was opened in 1918 by Miss Bertha Drake and Miss Ivy Barratt, firstly in Southland Road, Wokingham and then moved to its present-day Luckley Road site in November that year. The School became Luckley-Oakfield in 1959 when it amalgamated with Oakfield, Arnside in the Lake District, with 55 girls moving south to join 35 Luckleyans in 1959.

A lot has happened since then, most notably a name change to Luckley House School in 2013 and the first boys to put on the School uniform in 2015.

With 100 years of educational excellence under its belt, Luckley House School is excited to mark its birthday with several events planned from September 2018 to July 2019. These will bring together all past and present students, families and staff, to celebrate the School’s firm foundations and look forward to its continued success. These include:

  • Centenary Service of Thanksgiving, Wednesday 31 October – all are invited to the Service, followed by birthday refreshments
  • Musical Firework Extravaganza, Friday 9 November – a Luckley House Friends’ ticketed event
  • Christmas Market, Thursday 29 November – a free ticketed event with festive stalls, food and entertainment
  • The Big Party, Saturday 29 June 2019 – a ticketed event with fun for all the family, including food, entertainment and an outdoor cinema
  • Speech Day, Wednesday 10 July 2019 – bringing the Centenary year to a conclusion

Jane Tudor, Head, said: “In addition to our big events there will also be a number of projects in School to mark our Centenary. The grounds will be flooded with 100 specially commissioned, ironwork bluebells and we are inviting all the School community and visitors to make their mark by adding a leaf to our Family Tree installation. Two wonderful ways to plant our milestone for the future.”

She concluded: “Members of the Luckley community; past, present and future, are equipped and ready to take on the challenges of life in our society. We are committed to being a force for good. This is as true today as it was the day Miss Bertha Drake decided to open our wonderful school, 100 years ago.”

For more information please contact Sarah Humphreys, Centenary Co-Ordinator at Telephone 0118 974 4175

Main photo: The main School building is unchanged from the early days


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Armed with great GCSE results, Luckley House students are ready for the next stage of their academic journeys, with over half the cohort scoring more

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than three 9-7 or A*/A grades, and one third seeing the much sought after A*/9/8 in their lists of results.

Among the rising stars are Mai with 11, Faye with 10, Maddie and Sophia with 9, Samantha with 8 and Lucy with 6 of the A*/9/8 grades.

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A level results are again a case for real celebration at Luckley House School today, with half the students achieving at least one A* or

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A grade. On top of this a quarter of the students have three or more A* and A grades and finding that the ‘world is their oyster’.

A real source of pride for the school is the fact that these grades are spread across the curriculum, from Maths and Further Maths, through Languages, English Literature and Art to Economics and all three Sciences.

And so the students are now advancing to a variety of top universities to study courses such as Architecture, Pharmacology, Law, Economics and Maths. The creative arts and sports related courses are also represented in the university and career choices.

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Armed with excellent A Level grades, skills, confidence and enthusiasm, the Luckley class of 2017 are taking on courses in Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Nursing and

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Art, to name just a few. With a 100% pass rate, we are proud of the achievements of every student.

Amongst the happy students collecting their results today:

Eleanor B secured her first choice university place at Exeter to study Physics.

Alice T secured her first choice university, Warwick, to study Philosophy.

Lauren C is heading to Warwick University to study Psychology.

Head student, Alice J is thrilled with her results and is taking a year out to work at St Neot’s preparatory school. Alice is looking forward to successful applications to study Nursing.

Ross B, one of our first intake of boys into the Sixth Form when we moved to coeducation in 2015, was delighted to take up his unconditional offer of a place at Plymouth University to study Business Management.

Sophie C is excited to have achieved her first choice of Bristol University, studying Engineering and Mathematics.

Jessica V has secured a place at Swansea University studying Egyptology and Classical Civilisation and will be joined by Isvana DS-E, who will be studying Law.

Susana B is going to Southampton University to study Politics and International Relations.

Becky S will study Midwifery at Surrey University.

Boris C is going to Bristol University to study Engineering.

Boris N will study Chinese History at the University of Edinburgh.


Head, Jane Tudor says:

“Success has been achieved through dedication and hard work on the part of students and teachers alike. With successful university applications being the result of focused careers advice and expert UCAS guidance, these students are embarking on the next stage of their education confident in their choices and ready to build on their considerable A Level achievements.“

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Wokingham’s newest theatre was officially opened on Tuesday 17 January by HRH, The Earl of Wessex.

The Earl was special guest at Luckley House School, a

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coeducational independent school for pupils aged 11-18. He was invited to unveil an engraved stone plaque on the stage in front of a packed auditorium of pupils, staff, governors and invited guests, which included local dignitaries, members of the construction team who had built the theatre and the architects from London firm, vHH, who designed the award-winning building.

The audience was treated to outstanding drama and music performances by the school’s talented pupils, including a Physical Theatre interpretation of ‘All the World’s a Stage’ from Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’, and the whole school sang a beautiful rendition of Gary Barlow’s ‘Sing’.

The Earl then took to the stage and engaged the audience with his obvious passion for the performing arts, stressing its importance within the modern education system.

Following the unveiling of the plaque, he spoke to the pupils who had performed on stage and met the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group, a subject close to his heart and particularly topical as last year the organisation celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Head, Jane Tudor said “this has been an inspiring occasion. The Earl shares the school’s passion for the Arts and the value of excellence in arts education. To share such a celebration with a true champion of the arts has been a pleasure and an honour.”

Find out more about The Whitty Theatre and its programme of performances and events for the community at:


Away from the current uncertainties, Year 7 pupils celebrated European culture with a fabulous event which ‘brought together the nations’.

The morning started with a colourful

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European Breakfast, in which pupils came dressed to impress and munched their way through a feast of croissants, German sausage, chorizo, olives and much more.

A country sing-off followed in the Music Centre, where the teams representing their countries sang their hearts out. Fashion also played a big part in the morning’s activities as the pupils strutted their moves on the catwalk in a bid to win the best country costume of the day.

Where there’s fun there is also learning, and so academics played a part in the form of a quiz, which was designed to test the pupils’ knowledge of their chosen country.

Prizes were awarded for the best costume: first prize went to Robert H, not only for his fabulous French onion seller outfit, but also his enthusiastic participation in the fashion show. Second prize went to the beautiful ‘Spanish Señorita’ Lauren D.

In June The Whitty Theatre hosted the school’s biggest arts event of the year, the Musical Theatre Project; a cross-curricular project involving drama, music, art

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and textiles, encompassing the whole of Year 9.

The pupils divided into specialist groups, working over the term on performing, lighting and sound, set, music and props. The pupils were given responsibility for all aspects of the production. This approach establishes team expertise in working methods for largescale projects and encourages enthusiasm for the arts. The Whitty Theatre provided an amazing space for this project, as not only were the pupils performing on a real stage, they were also able to learn how to use facilities and technical equipment actually found in professional theatres!

The production, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is one of the best loved of all Shakespeare’s comedies. The story involves three worlds: the Fairies who inhabit the forest and mead, ruled by their King and Queen, Oberon and Titania, The Royal Court who follow Duke Theseus and his bride-to-be, Hippolyta, and the well-meaning but none-too-bright Mechanicals, – working men from the town, who are keen to prepare an entertainment for the forthcoming bridal party.

The play followed the fortunes of a quartet of young lovers, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demitrius as they quarrelled and lost themselves in the forest, – the same place in which the Mechanicals were rehearsing for their performance. This left them all at the mercy of the mischievous Puck, Oberon’s fairy servant, who harnessed all his magic power to create chaos amongst them.

The result was a lively and energetic show full of charm and fairy dust.

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