Larkhall Primary Campus Newsletter

Friday 23rd June 2023


  1. Ofsted Visit
  2. Oral Hygiene Coffee Morning
  3. International Mud Day
  4. Bikeability
  5. Future Strike Action
  6. End of Year Reports

Dear Families

Please see below the latest Newsletter. As always, please take the time to look at the information within this Newsletter. It is being put on the website and onto Dojo.


You will be aware that the School Inspectorate, Ofsted, visited Larkhall on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June. Words simply cannot express just how proud we are of all of our staff and our children. We have something very special here at Larkhall and by the end of the two days, the Inspectors were able to articulate this.

As ever, the visit Further details of the feedback we got will be shared in due course.


Melissa, an Occupational Therapist and Marcia, a Dental Nurse, will be hosting an Oral Hygiene Coffee Morning for parents of children with Autism. This will be on the 29th of June from 9am to 11am in the mainstream conference room.

Marcia, a dental nurse, will provide information about oral health at 9am.

Melissa will start her session at 10am.

What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy can help your child to join in everyday activities (occupations) to help them learn the skills they need to lead a full and healthy life.

This Parent Morning will focus on Tooth Brushing. Melissa will share practical tips and strategies that you can use at home to help your child be more independent with cleaning their teeth.

For further information, please contact the school.


There are lots of BENEFITS of PLAYING with MUD!

International Mud Day is an exciting date not only to play and have fun with mud but to raise awareness about cleanliness and access to sanitation in different parts of the world! International Mud Day strives to bring children from all over the world together through the ground by allowing them to play in the mud. Children and early childhood professionals all over the world celebrate International Mud Day by getting really muddy and observing nature, the outdoors, and mess.

On this day the children and staff will be celebrating all things muddy and natural! Please speak to a member of the EYFS team if you have any questions about this day.


During the week of Monday 19th June, the Bikeability training was really successful.

What is Bikeability?

Bikeability is the government’s national cycle training programme. It helps you learn practical skills and understand how to cycle on today’s roads. 

By 2025, the Bikeability Trust will have helped 5 million children take up Bikeability cycle training and cycle more confidently, more often.  This means:

  • 5 million children living healthier lifestyles
  • 5 million children with increased ability to judge risks
  • 5 million children actively helping to tackle climate change

If your child is comfortable riding a bike and would like more confidence on the road, there are free sessions happening tomorrow Saturday 22nd July in Brixton. Just follow this link to sign up online.

We know there are several children who can’t yet ride a bike and there is free training available through Cycle Confident for Lambeth residents. However, the next few sessions are booked up. If you want to know when the next sessions will be, please call 02030316730.


You may be aware from media coverage, that the National Education Union (NEU) has declared strike action. The two dates for these to take place are:

  • Wednesday 5th July
  • Friday 7th July

The strikes are happening mainly because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over fair funding for schools and teachers’ pay and conditions, and not because of any issues related to Larkhall as a school.

This is to let you know that learning may be disrupted on these dates. At this point, we are considering several options, including closing specific classes and potentially closing the school, as well of course the school remaining open as usual. Nothing has been decided for definite as of yet. However, we recommend that you start to make alternative childcare arrangements for these dates.

I will inform you of the final arrangements as soon as possible.


On Friday 14th July you will be receiving your child’s end of year report. This is an extremely important part of the home-school communication system and will provide you with the information with regards your child’s academic and social development. Please take the time to read the report and if you have any questions about it, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

That’s it from me. If there is anything else myself or a member of the team can do to help and support you during this time, please do not hesitate to get in touch in the usual ways. I am also always on the Gaskell Street gates each morning from 8:30am.

Best wishes