A special Celebration Afternoon on Wednesday 6th July brought a memorable year to a close at LVS Oxford, a school in Begbroke for children with autism. It has been an amazing few months for the 48 learners at LVS Oxford, after an official opening with the Countess of Wessex and a trip to The Patron’s Lunch to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The event was an opportunity to give presentations for the school’s first ever sports day last week which gave learners the chance to gain confidence in new activities and practice teamwork in group activities such as the tug of war.
Learners were also encouraged to stand on stage in front of a hall of people and give presentations on what they had done throughout the year. This was designed to help develop their communication skills and build confidence, two things which can be particularly difficult for people with autism, and they passed with flying colours. It proved worthwhile to learners, with Morgan saying: “I enjoyed it. I was nervous about going up and speaking but I eventually did it and now I feel really good about myself”.
Head of Centre at LVS Oxford Louisa Allison-Bergin addressed parents, listing the numerous successful events and additions to the curriculum and said: “I am confident we can continue this trend as we all know we are working towards a culture of ‘can do’. Students, teachers and the third piece of the triangle, parents, have all worked in partnership to improve the outcomes for our learners. Our School Development Plan focuses on the curriculum, achievement, learning and teaching and meeting learners’ needs”.
New learner Anthony was delighted with the end of his first term at LVS Oxford, saying: “It was brilliant. I really enjoyed every talk and being able to show my mum all my work. I hope there is another one next year.
Carol Goode, mother of Head Boy Charlie, added: “What a wonderful heart-warming celebration. I am so proud of LVS oxford and all the students”.
With LVS Oxford’s commitment to academic progress as one of its four key areas of development alongside independent living skills, social and emotional wellbeing and destinations beyond the school, it is now looking forward to its first ever GCSE results in August after a number of learners sat exams this summer.
You can see more images from the event here.
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.