LVS Oxford opened its doors to learners for the first time on 2nd September and already they are settled in nicely. Some of these young people have been out of school for over two years and staff at LVS Oxford are delighted that after only three weeks of transition time all of them are in class and engaging in their lessons.
The quiet, calm environment and teaching staff who understand what each individual child needs in order to be able to access the learning within class, has allowed these young people, most of whom previously struggled in busier mainstream environments, to flourish.
When asked what he had enjoyed most about being at LVS Oxford so far, Hugh, pictured here making bookmarks as part of an arts and crafts lesson, said “Maths and Science – last week we did Nano-Science and in Maths we are working on surface ratios and edges of shapes”. The KS4 Maths and Science class is taken by tutor Dr Vanessa Cheel, who teaches at the university as well as at LVS Oxford two mornings per week, ensuring those students who are able to access an advanced level of education have the opportunity to do so.
In the KS3 class students have settled well, as has companion dog Harmony, who has been a huge hit with the whole class, benefiting all the students as well as her young owner Eddie.
The youngsters have been making the most of the fine weather and the beautiful grounds at LVS Oxford and everyone has enjoyed a football match or two during lunch breaks. Marcus, pictured here working on a task at his desk, said “The best bit about school so far is playing football with my new friends”.
Head of Centre, Jane Straw, said “Our first term has got off to a great start. We had part-time transition plans in place for some learners who had been unable to access school for some time prior to joining the school, so that they could slowly work up to attending full time. I’m delighted that most of them were ready to attend full time much sooner than expected. Our staff have settled well and are giving the learners a good balance of academic and practical/fun lessons. I am proud to be part of the launch of this school and I’m looking forward to the rest of our first term.”
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