Brief History

Larkhill Primary School is located in the garrison town of Larkhill, Wiltshire. It lies about 1.8 miles west of Durrington Village and just 1.5 miles north of the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, making us one of the closest primary schools in the country to this world famous site. In fact, much of Larkhill lies within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, an area rich in Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments.

​We are very proud of our close association with the Larkhill garrison which had its first modern settlement in 1899, when a tented camp was established for units training on an area of Salisbury Plain that became known as the Larkhill range. In 1914 the first permanent huts were built in the garrison.

The school did not come into existence until the 1960s. It was built because of the increasing population at Larkhill Camp. At that time, the children of serving personnel attended the Infant and Junior Schools in Durrington but, due to the pressure of numbers, it was decided that the children should be educated in their own community instead of having to travel elsewhere. This school opened at Larkhill Camp April 30th 1962 and was known as Larkhill County Junior and Infant School. It was built for 400 pupils and cost £86,638. There are currently circa 300 pupils attending what is now known as Larkhill Primary School.

In 2011 major development work was undertaken with the addition of a brand new KS1 classroom and outdoor play area, remodelling work to the grounds and environs, as well as a full shaded covering, thus allowing year round use of the KS1 outdoor education area. In 2013 further work was undertaken with the addition of two new Reception classrooms, toilets and an all-year outdoor play area as well as the refurbishment of the ICT suite and staffroom.  These refurbishment works now gives our school the capacity and space for a possible two form entry, when required.

We consider ourselves very fortunate to have such an extensive site and first class facilities. This enables us to provide a wide variety of excellent learning opportunities to the children, However, we are not complacent and, as part of our school improvement planning, we are continually striving to improve these facilities and opportunities.