Primary Transition

Joining Larkmead from Primary School

We understand that moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting prospect and our aim is to make this transition as easy and stress-free as possible both for parents and students. To help us to do this we have developed a Transition Journey which gives you plenty of time to get used to us and allows us to answer all your questions, as well as put to rest any nagging doubts you might have. Unfortunately due to the current situation the government has announced that new Y7s are not to visit their secondary schools until the next academic year begins, however we would like to reassure you that we will still do everything possible to ensure that you feel confident and happy about joining our community in September.

Ordinarily during the course of this term, we would host a Meet the Tutor Evening and two full days of Induction, but we have now had to cancel all of these events.  However, not all is lost, and we are trying to find inventive ways to welcome you to Larkmead. Below you will find links to a number of videos and online tools we have put together to help give you a sense of what it will feel like to be in a secondary setting, and we will be adding to this bank of resources over the next few months. While nothing will quite replace having you here in person, our hope is that these resources will make you feel excited and more confident about joining us in September.


When the new academic year starts we plan to do a very comprehensive two day induction programme, and as the majority of students will not return till the Monday 7th of September we will have the school virtually to ourselves. We will use this time to help you find your feet and build up your confidence before the older children arrive back. The dates of these are below:


  • Wednesday 2nd of September 2020: afternoon transition event for vulnerable pupils in the LRC
  • Thursday 3rd of September 2020: first day of transition for all Year 7
  • Friday 4th of September 2020: second day of transition for all Y7


Obviously, if the guidance from the government changes then we may have to adapt these plans further, but we hope that the situation will continue to improve and we will be able to return to school as normal in September. Remember that if you have any questions or want to let us know any information that will help you to settle at Larkmead, please email us at

2020 The Transition Journey – Dates for your diary

By 18th October 2019 

Parents/carers complete and return choices form to the Local Authority. This can be done online.

2nd March 2020

Letters to parents/carers, email if you applied online offering a school place.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

New Year 7 Welcome Evening

Two sessions, 6:00pm & 7:00pm in Main Hall. Welcome from Headteacher and

Ms Watkins KS3 Co-ordinator. Parents/carers, students and grandparents all welcome.

During May 2020

Your child will be visited at their primary school by Ms Watkins KS3 Co-ordinator.

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Induction Evening

Two sessions, 6:00pm & 7:15pm in Main Hall.

For parents/carers and students. Opportunity to meet other students in tutor group. Welcome from Headteacher. Other key staff will be there including, SENCO, and Student Services.

Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th June 2020

Induction Days

New Year 7 students spend two days  in school. Arrive in school before 8:45am. School ends at 3:10pm. Students to wear school uniform, with a dark jumper/cardigan, preferably black.

3rd September 2020

Start of Term 1

Only New Year 7 and New 6th Form students in school. New Year 7 students start a day earlier than the rest of the school, during which they start and end the day with their Tutor.


Due to the Coronavirus, these dates are subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

In Year Transition

In-year Admission Information

In-year transfers are for those children looking for a school place during the academic year.

Prospective students and their parents are invited to visit Larkmead before making an application to Oxfordshire County Council. For admission enquiries please contact

01235 520141 to arrange a tour of the school with Keystage 3 or 4 Coordinator before admission takes place.

School admissions are managed by Oxfordshire County Council’s Schools Admissions Team.

For all enquiries state your child’s name and date of birth.

School Admissions Team
County Hall
New Road

Tel: 0345 241 2487
Fax: 01865 783198


Information about the outcome of applications can’t be discussed by telephone.

Oxfordshire County Council will notify parents/carers in writing offering a school place if available.  On receipt of this letter please contact us to finalise admission arrangements.  Details of current education will be required before admission takes place.

SEN Admissions

SEN Admissions

Larkmead is an inclusive school which attracts students with a range of special needs. To address the demands made on SEND provision at Larkmead we use Provision Mapping. This allows for a range of group and individual interventions to be put in place which to appropriately and effectively meet student needs.

Support for students with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP) will be prioritised through the provision mapping system. Group interventions are targeted towards those with similar needs whilst recognising that some students will need more support than others.

OCC Admissions Information

Oxfordshire County Council Starting School

Applying for a school place can leave you confused and raise many questions.  The Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) ‘Starting School’ pages will help you with everything from advice on choosing a school, help with the  Online Application Process through to available transport routes serving the schools.

*Larkmead School is not responsible for the accuracy of external websites or documents linked to this site.

OCC 'Starting School' Page

Oxfordshire County Council Admission Rules for Community Secondary Schools

In accordance with legal requirements, children who have a Statement of Special Educational needs naming the school in Part 4 of the Statement will always be admitted. The admission rules for community secondary schools can be found at the link below:

Admission Rules and Codes

*Larkmead School is not responsible for the accuracy of external websites or documents linked to this site.

Download OCC Admission Rules

Key Information for new year 7's below

Larkmead School Tour

Larkmead School Video Tour

FAQ Video

Who's Who at Larkmead School