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Larkmead Extended & Academic Programme


The Larkmead Extended and Academic Programme (LEAP) provides special opportunities and events for all students, with the ambition, support and challenge to create the springboard to even greater success. The Larkmead late bus means that all students can stay after school to enjoy the wide range of clubs, teams and events. LEAP is a core part of the Larkmead Promise, and includes:

Step Up partnership with New College at Oxford University

This special partnership with New College provides enrichment opportunities for Larkmead students, raising ambitions and supporting access and applications to Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities.

OX14 Partnership with Abingdon School, St Helens and Radley College

Building on our long-term relationships with partner independent schools, Larkmead is a founding member of the OX14 Partnership, with students, staff and school leaders working together to enhance opportunities for all.


  • Academic mentoring and supporting positive mental health
  • Students develop reflective and coaching skills
  • Science Partnership, special events to promote girls’ engagement with physics, lectures and masterclasses
  • Links across D&T, English, Humanities, Maths, MFL, PE and VPA
  • Working with Abingdon School Film Making Unit and Abingdon Film Festival
  • Development of rowing and links with Gloucester Rugby Club
  • Journalism, broadcasting and creative writing
  • Careers events, supporting university applications and CV writing


Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

  • STEM Club every week brings that extra awe and wonder
  • Oxfordshire Young Scientist of the year
  • IET Faraday Challenge
  • Links with Rutherford laboratories and research
  • GCSE Astronomy with Abingdon School
  • Larkmead hosts events as part of ATOM Science festival
  • Regular trip to CERN in Switzerland
  • Maths Challenge
  • Bike repair workshop
  • Technology club


Visual and Performing Arts

  • Well established Arts Mark Gold school, working to Arts Mark Platinum
  • Partnership with Will Gompertz to develop arts provision at Larkmead
  • Art Club, masterclasses, school and national competitions
  • Creative Partnerships competition winners
  • Dance Studio unique in Abingdon state schools
  • Drama club, theatre trips, productions and showcases
  • Music block is a great resource with studios and full band practice rooms as well as lots and lots of instruments
  • Instrumental and singing lessons in school
  • Larkmead Band, Choir and Orchestra
  • Theatre trip to Broadway in New York
  • Photography and creative media courses allow students to develop new skills


Stretch and challenge in every subject area, including:

  • Author visits
  • Battlefields trip
  • Book clubs and book quiz
  • Carnegie Awards Shadowing
  • French film club
  • Geography expeditions
  • Homework club
  • Power Hour after school study
  • Rotary Debate competition
  • Rotary Interact Club
  • Work Experience
  • Young Enterprise


Enrichment days

  • Deep dives and immersive experiences develop confidence & cultural capital


  • As a Sports Mark Silver school, students enjoy a diverse range of clubs, teams and competitions
  • Links with clubs, teams and Tilsley Park
  • Larkmead Sports Leaders working with Primary partners
  • Annual ski trip




Growing leadership and responsibility

  • House leaders, captains and form representatives
  • Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze, Silver and Gold
  • PGL for everyone in Year 7
  • Larkmead Leaders programme develops confidence and character
  • Larkmead Awards programme recognises achievement and builds challenge
  • Student Voice, Model United Nations, Vale Academy Trust Parliament and charity campaigning grow leadership and engagement


Sixth Form

  • Award winning careers service, work experience and support with applications
  • All students can undertake the Extended Project Qualification to explore a passion or interest in further detail
  • University visits and Masterclasses to support subject applications
  • Leadership roles in school as part of the Senior Team and House leaders
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold
  • Key role in OX14 Partnership
  • Outstanding Value Added



  • Award winning careers education and opportunities
  • Larkmead has earned the 100% Gatsby careers benchmark
  • Larkmead students progress, ready to achieve their ambitions, hopes and dreams


For further information regarding LEAP please contact Miss B Hewitt – Most Able and LEAP Co-ordinator.





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