Larkrise School is a local education authority day school for pupils who have severe or complex learning difficulties. We have 72 pupils on roll, aged between 4 and 19 years.
Larkrise School admits pupils from a wide catchment area. This area extends from Trowbridge to Melksham, Devizes, Warminster, Westbury, Bradford-on-Avon and the outlying villages. Our pupils travel to and from school in minibuses. They enjoy these journeys and have good relationships with their drivers and escorts. Although some children have to travel a long distance we try to keep their journeys as short as possible.
Larkrise School is a purpose-built school which was opened in 1987. It shares a site with Paxcroft Primary School. The centre of the school is the Hall, which contains an exciting and extendable climbing frame along with an extensive range of other physical education equipment. The Hall is also used for drama and gymnastics sessions. The whole school meets in the Hall at dinner times and assemblies.
The school has a recently established Library and Computer Suite, where there is room for pupils to work either individually or in small groups. The Medical Room doubles as a base for the Speech and Language Therapist and her assistant. The Sensory Room has light and sound equipment (including a Sound Beam) which can be used with a variety of switches. The Teachers’ Resource Room contains a range of equipment and materials used for teaching. We have recently converted an area to make a Common Room for our older pupils (with a pool table, table football, CD player and Play Station), and a Parents’ Room where we can hold meetings.
Other rooms have been converted into a Physiotherapy Room and a Music Room, which is used by both the Music Therapist and the peripatetic Brass Teacher.
The school has its own Hydrotherapy Pool which was opened in 1989 by HRH The Princess Royal. The area was extended in 1999 by the Federation of Master Builders, as part of their Millennium Project.
We have recently established an allotment in our school grounds. The Key Stage 5 students work here as part of their ASDAN Challenge, growing vegetables and herbs (from seeds) which they harvest for use in their Meal Preparation and Cooking module.
It is the wide range of facilities at Larkrise School that makes it an interesting and challenging school in which to learn. Every pupil is encouraged to develop their own particular skills using the facilities which best meet their needs.
Larkrise School Aims
- To provide a curriculum which meets the special educational needs of all pupils and which reflects their entitlement to the National Curriculum
- To develop pupils’ social and emotional skills, enabling them to enter into meaningful and fulfilling relationships with others
- To build a whole-school ethos which empowers pupils to express their independence
- To provide equal opportunities for all pupils to access a balanced, broadly based and relevant curriculum which reflects the pupils’ cultural diversity
- To respond to pupils’ individual learning styles through the use of a variety of teaching methods
- To provide a curriculum which includes developmental, experiential and therapeutic approaches