Welcome to Larkmead School
Welcome to Larkmead School where students achieve success through a carefully fostered community. We are proud of the well ordered nature of our community where students are encouraged to take advantage of an exceptional range of opportunities both in and outside of the classroom, and to contribute actively to the running and decision making of the school. Our vision statement talks of students “exceeding their expectations”. This refers to all aspects of their lives, academically and beyond.
The most meaningful measure of the quality of teaching and learning at a school is the amount of progress it allows and encourages students to make. Progress at Larkmead is exceptional. We are a “learning community” that has, at its heart, a clear set of values. Through these values we work with our students, preparing them for a challenging and exciting future refusing to accept limitations to their ambition.
Chris Harris - Headteacher
As you explore the Larkmead website, you’ll discover that ours is a school community unlike any other. A carefully fostered, ordered community where each individual is encouraged to take advantage of the exceptional range of opportunities offered to them, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Progress at Larkmead over the past few years has been phenomenal. At a time when national attainment levels have fallen, ours have increased. Not just by 1% or 2%, but sometimes as much as 10%. This is no fluke. This has happened because of the continued monitoring and commitment by students, teachers and parents to ‘get it right’ for our students.
But Larkmead is not just about results. We enable all students to make appropriate progress but we make sure that their experience along the way is broad, exciting and challenging.
We believe that everyone can achieve. We value diversity and want every student to realise their potential and to recognise that their potential has no limit. We create positive learning spaces, where students and teachers learn together: each challenging the other to get better and better at what they do; each having a voice and being actively supported in the running and decision making of the school.
It is no coincidence then that our students are proud to be Larkmead students or that our existing parents are happy to recommend us to others.
There is confidence that we can inspire and enable a child to achieve, irrespective of background or individual challenges.
This is the uniqueness that is Larkmead School.
But don’t take our word for it, come along and see for yourself, we’d love to meet you.
Chris Harris - Headteacher
Vision & Ethos
At Larkmead students will find an ordered community that treats them with respect, where bullying is not tolerated and where they will grow in confidence. Students are part of a community in which they are trusted with more responsibility as they become young adults, young adults equiped to succeed, making a real difference in a demanding and changing world.
Larkmead school is a community – a caring community – built on trust and respect, in which every student matters; a community which encourages and enables every student to enjoy their time at school, to exceed expectations, to be proud of their achievements and to be aware of their responsibility in the wider world.
The Abingdon Consortium for Education (ACfE) which comprises Larkmead School, John Mason School and Fitzharrys school sixth forms released the following statement about students’ excellent exam results.
“Students in the Abingdon Consortium for Education are once again celebrating record A Level exam results. The percentage of students across Fitzharrys, John Mason and Larkmead schools achieving at least 3 A* or A grades has improved on last year’s record, and is once more above the national average. The last three years of A*-B grades also puts ACfE above the national average. AS results in Abingdon show great promise for the future, bucking the national picture of uncertainty, and rising by 14% at A-B. This represents a fantastic achievement from the students in Abingdon, proof of the consistently rising standards in our community.
“This year’s ACfE A Level results compare very favourably with schools locally and across Oxfordshire, resounding recognition of the high quality of state education in Abingdon,” said Jonathan Dennett, Head at Fitzharrys and Chair of ACfE. “It has been great to see so many smiling faces across the town as students secure places at University, an apprenticeship or a job. It’s also been a delight to hear about all the students from Abingdon who have completed their courses and are moving on to the next stage in their future.”
“Well done to students and staff for all their hard work, and congratulations to everyone for their achievements. These results are another step forward for Abingdon, and students and parents can be confident in the strength of state education in the Abingdon schools.”
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Larkmead School directly.