Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.
In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.
During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.
There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence. For students wishing to join the Larkmead sixth form who have not studied at the school during year 11, they should contact the Director of Learning for Key Stage 5
Further details of Sixth Form courses can be found in the consortium prospectus here.
One of the things I like most about Larkmead is the opportunity to take part in lots of extra- curricular activities. I currently help out a lot at school for lighting and sound in the school’s productions as well as helping out in various shows outside of school, this had led me to join the National Youth Theatre. I have been inspired to choose the film industry as my future career and after finishing my A Levels.
The subjects are taught really well at Larkmead and in different ways without a set routine. The teachers are always enthusiastic about their subjects. I would love to become a professor in astrophysics, taking data from observations evaluating siting from the night sky and carrying out theoretical work on exotic subjects in space.
I like the way that the sixth form works as a consortium with the opportunity to study and socialise with people from different schools. When I finish my A Levels, I’d like to do a natural sciences degree and specialise in chemistry or biochemistry topics such as drug development and genetic research