Ofsted praised Larkmead School’s ‘caring ethos’, citing it as a ‘stimulating place’ where pupils’ confidence can ‘blossom’. The school received a glowing report after Inspectors visited the school in January and subsequently re-awarded the academy’s previous rating of ‘Good’. This was the first inspection since Larkmead converted to an academy within the Vale Academy Trust in 2017.
In their letter to Chris Harris, Headteacher, they noted: “Your approach to leadership is characterised by your principled and determined pursuit of high standards in all areas of school life. Morale is high and everyone shares your determination to provide the best for each pupil”.
Larkmead currently has 740 pupils, described in the report as “well-behaved, kind and respectful”. The report recognised the dedicated team of staff who worked with “determination and sensitivity” to ensure more vulnerable learners were supported.
Following publication of the report, Chris Harris commented: “We are delighted to maintain our ‘Good’ rating and that the report strongly reflects the progress being made. We had exceptionally strong support from parents, students and staff”.
In a letter to parents, Mr Harris added: “We have a fantastic opportunity to push our school forward and to build on this strong position. There should be no limit to our ambition”.