Ethan Hawkins recently said a fond farewell to friends and staff at LVS Oxford, the specialist school for students with autism, where he has been a student since 2015.
Having recently passed his driving test, Ethan is looking forward to a summer of independence now that he is on the road with his own car. Learning to drive came quite easily to Ethan and he succeeded in passing his test first time around.
Ethan explains, “I started learning to drive at the start of 2017 and it took a while to remember to do everything at once. However, once I got the hang of it I was fine. It feels great to be able to get around by myself. I can go and see my mates and go to football matches. I’m a massive football fan so having independence to follow my favourite game means a lot to me. In September, I’ll be starting Moreton Morrell College in Warwick, which I am really looking forward to. Once I am settled, it will be great to be able to drive myself to college.”
Developing confidence and skills for life and work is a vital part of LVS Oxford’s learning philosophy and everything is geared towards helping to shape the future prospects of young adults with autism.
Louisa Allison-Bergin, LVS Oxford’s Head of School, adds “Ethan has done brilliantly to pass his driving test first time. He is a real inspiration to other learners. Ethan has matured into a confident, caring young adult who has a part-time job and his going on to study his passion, animal care, at college in September. I am absolutely delighted for him and the other ten 6th formers who are moving on to new challenges having achieved so much during their time with us.”
Many of the tasks the students undertake will help build competencies in citizenship, relating to others, managing situations and working as part of a team - all key to being fulfilled and employable adults.