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  • Message from Thames Valley Police
    Thames Valley Police has received a report that a female sixth form student from John Mason School was approached by four men in a silver family sized car at a bus stop on Wootton Road on Monday at 3pm....
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  • Larkmead School Takes Historic Step By Joining Vale Academy...
    Teachers celebrated a 'key moment in history' by joining a thriving school trust. Larkmead School in Abingdon has become the first educator outside of the Wantage area to join the Vale Academy Trust, forging what was described as a 'tremendously...
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  • Billy Elliott
    You are invited to Larkmead whole school production of Billy Elliott. Performances are on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February 2017 at 7.30pm in the Main Hall. Ticket prices are £7.50 adults/ £5 concessions. Tickets can be obtained from student services, a...
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  • Careers Fair
    We would like to invite all students to our Careers Fair which will is on the 19th January from 4.30-6.30 in the main hall here at Larkmead School. The Careers Fair provides an excellent opportunity to speak to representatives from different...
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  • Kids Lit Quiz
    Our team of four from across Year 7 & Year 8; Henry Skeels, Elise Macey, Edward Frank and Barnaby Merriman represented Larkmead School on Friday 25th November in the regional heat of the Kids Lit Quiz; considered the Sport...
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  • Scholastic Book Fair
    Many Thanks to all who supported our Scholastic Book Fair last week, we had sales of £590.09 which generated £295 for us to spend on books for our school Library. A big thank you to our book club members who...
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  • Oxfordshire Book Awards 2016
    Book Club members past and present attended The Oxfordshire Book Awards Ceremony for 2015-16 on Wednesday 9th November at Oxford High School. Mark Thornton from Mostly Books Bookshop in Abingdon performed the Master of Ceremonies for the event with...
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  • Kids Lit Quiz – Read all about it!
    Thursday 20th October saw the LRC full of eager Year 7s and Year 8s individually battling for a place in this year’s Kids Lit Team. With spot questions and prizes between rounds, there were opportunities for all! Each year Larkmead...
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  • Oxfordshire Young Scientist of the Year
    Three Larkmead students were nominated for the Oxfordshire young scientist of the year. Adam Harris for Biology, Megan Holdstock for Chemistry and Henry Hall for Physics. All of the students nominated have excelled throughout year 12 and have shown commitment and enthusiasm...
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  • Parent Teacher Consultation Meetings
    Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians Please see the attached letter concerning Parent teacher Consultation Evenings (PTCEs). We are trying to make these evenings as useful and as efficient as possible. We have given the same guidance to all staff for...
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  • Academy Update
    We are pleased to announce that Larkmead gained its Academy Order in August and is now moving ahead with the legal stages needed to join The Vale Academy Trust. It looks increasingly likely that this will be completed 1st January...
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  • Open Evening 2016
    Open Evening - Thursday 6th October 2016 5.30pm - 8pm 5.45pm                      First talk from Headteacher/Liz Watkins Students in the Assembly Hall 5.30pm                      Tours...
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  • Level 2 Sports Coaches
    We are looking to support and increase our extra-curricular offer to students and would be very interested to know if there were any parents with level 2 sports coaching qualifications who would be interested in volunteering with us here...
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  • Cyber Safety Event
    Thames Valley Police will be holding a Cyber Safety Event in Didcot Wednesday 21st September 10.00am-12.30pm. Please read the details below for more information: We will be discussing how to stay safe on line, avoid scams and fraud with tips on security and what...
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  • Inspired at the Natural History Museum, Oxford
    “Galileo looked really grumpy, as if was glaring.” Second Story, the creative writing group has been meeting all year to whisk up words into tales and poems.  Some students have led the group as part of their Duke of...
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  • CARNEGIE SHADOWING SUCCESS
    Larkmead School was host to this year's Abingdon School's Joint Carnegie Forum, where 80 x Y7 & Y8 students from across all six secondary schools in Abingdon spent Monday 20th June at Christ Church, Abingdon talking books! The event was...
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  • Higher Education Fair
    In order to help students in making their choice of the route to follow after 18, the Abingdon Consortium for Education is holding a Higher Education Evening and Fair. This will be held between 6.00pm and 8.00pm on Monday 27th June 2016 at...
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  • ATOM Science Festival@ Larkmead
    As part of the “ATOM Science festival” Larkmead school will be hosting an evening lecture. Thursday 30th June at 7.00pm Stem Cells and the Promise of Regenerative Medicine Professor Paul Fairchild Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford Although the dramatic increase in...
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  • Public Academy Consultation
    I would like to confirm that the public consultations concerning academy status and then potential to join a Multi Academy Trust took place on 25th February 2016 and 21st March 2016. A hand full of parents attended both meetings and...
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  • Seeing the Message
    I would like to thank all parents, students and other contributors who helped us raise the £4500 that we needed to overhaul our AV equipment in the main hall. As you can see from the picture, we have a fantastic...
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  • Magnificent May with VPA
    ‘Telling Stories’ Arts for All Partnership Project Year 5 Carswell, and Years 5 & 6 Thameside, Primary students came to Larkmead this month to enjoy fun packed, inspirational mornings of dance, pottery and art. Focusing on their chosen story, the...
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  • Just Read… Anthony McGowan Author Talk
    Just Read… The Story So Far Enthusiastic, entertaining and engaging; this was the feedback from our Year 8 community and students from Thameside Primary School, who were privileged to attend an author talk, by Anthony McGowan, here on Thursday 5th...
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  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Expedition
    Over the weekend of 7th and 8th May 2016, 51 of Larkmead’s Year 10 students took part in their DofE Bronze Award Expedition. Working in small groups, students had to navigate their way from Duxford on the Thames (near...
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  • Oxfordshire Arts Week Abingdon
    14th-23rd May 'Telling Stories' Larkmead and Rush Common Primary students are exhibiting work from their art project 'Telling Stories' in the Oxfam shop window in Abingdon this week for Oxfordshire Arts Week. Using old frames Oxfam were unable to sell the students...
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  • Save Our Summer School Campaign Update
    We have been fundraising hard over the last two months to ensure that our summer school for the new year 7 pupil premium students will be able to run this year, after having the funding stopped by the government. We...
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  • Kirkland Rowell Survey
    Dear Parents and Carers It is very important to us as a school that we are able to gather feedback on how the school operates and its outcomes. Every two years, we ask parents and carers, students, staff and governors to...
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  • Book Now for Just Read!
    Larkmead School would like to invite you to Just Read! an event in the LRC on Thursday 5th May @ 6:45pm with specialist publisher, Barrington Stoke, and local independent bookshop Mostly Books. They will reveal tips, simple strategies and...
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  • Awesome April with VPA
    ‘Telling Stories’ Arts for All Partnership Project We are working with our Yr7 students and a mixture of Yr5 & 6 from four Primary schools on a project that will enable children to take part in exciting, inspiring and engaging...
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  • Larkrise PTA Newsletter
    To read the latest newsletter from our PTA, Larkrise.  Please click here
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  • We'd love your Active Kids vouchers
    We’re taking part in Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2016. This means that until 3rd May, you can collect vouchers at Sainsbury’s and donate them to us by 8 July. We can then exchange them for exciting new sports and cooking...
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  • Safeguarding and School Transport
    Message on behalf of the Supported Transport Team Over the last several months, Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) has made efforts to ensure that children who are transported on behalf of the Council are done so in the safest way possible....
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  • Marvellous March with VPA
    Year 9 Arts Award Trip to Tate Modern and War Horse All Year 9 students work towards a Bronze Arts Award throughout the year in their VPA lessons and during special VPA events such as this amazing trip to London....
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  • KS3 Literary Focus over Easter
    CILIP Carnegie Medal Shadowing Scheme gets underway 30 students from across Year 7 & Year 8 are about to embark on an incredible journey of discovery following the start of this year's prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal Shadowing Scheme (the award...
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  • Larkmead Summer Uniform
    Polo shirts for Summer Terms 5 and 6 During the warm weather in Summer Terms 5 and 6 only, students can opt to wear school uniform polo shirts instead of their normal shirt and school tie.  The rest of the...
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  • Freya wins Ox Tales Competition
    The Oxford Mail launched their Ox Tales writing competition last November in a bid to find new young writing talent. The three winners were announced last week and Larkmead's Freya Lovstrom took first place. Freya wowed the judges with her time-travelling poem...
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