Extra Curricular

All students are encouraged to join our rich program of extra curricular activities and this is recognised through our rewards scheme.

Students can take part in activities and performances in lots of different areas, from dance, drama and music, through to a host of other, less conventional, opportunities offered from the Carnegie Book Award Shadowing Group to Tae Kwan Do.

Physical education is an important part of the curriculum for all students and we are committed to the philosophy of “Sport for All”. We believe in developing excellence and the value of competitive sport, but we also seek to instill an appreciation of the enjoyment and health benefits that a life-long involvement in physical activity can bring.

As a Specialist School in the Visual and Performing Arts, we believe that everyone can achieve in the Arts, everyone should be given the opportunity to enjoy the Arts and the Arts provide an excellent opportunity for developing teamwork, communication and social skills.

There are many opportunities for all students, of any age or ability to engage in a wide range of art, dance, drama and music extra-curricular activities. In addition, many students enjoy participating in school productions such as year 7 production, main school production and sixth-form pantomime, both on stage and behind the scenes.

Duke of Edinburgh

Alongside the wide range of team sports students can take part in other, more individual, activities. The popular Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is offered to students in Year 9 and above, leading to the achievement of an award that is recognised by universities and employers alike.

Awards can be made at bronze, silver and gold and include leisure, recreational and outdoor activities, alongside the opportunity for students to become involved in service to the community.


The school offers an ambitious programme of visits both at home and abroad. Recent visits have included the Stock Exchange, the Tate Gallery, the National Science Museum, theatre visits to London and Stratford, Oxford Colleges, Universities, Cotswold Wildlife Park and a host of other exciting destinations. Overseas visits include destinations in France, Germany Belgium and Morocco. Our ski trip each year to Austria is always a great success.

Residential Education

Larkmead attaches great importance to the range of residential experiences it offers.

These are designed to encourage personal and social development by giving opportunities to be away as a group whilst experiencing some independence from home.

Some of these courses are closely related to specific subjects such as the Battle Fields tour and the Geography trip to the Netherlands, whilst other trips make use of the Oxfordshire Outdoor Education Centres, where students can take part in adventure activities such as canoeing and climbing, under the expert care of trained staff.

Activities Week

The school is very proud of the final week of the year. Our whole philosophy is encapsulated as students participate in an array of on and off site activities, offering experiences and opportunities that students will remember long after they have left Larkmead.

The activities range from arts based activities, in keeping with our specialism, to extreme physical challenges such as mountain biking, kayaking and climbing, to trips abroad.

The year ends on an exciting note of adventure and challenge for students and staff alike.