LVS Oxford is celebrating an excellent first set of results as learners collected the school’s first ever GCSEs this morning. Five learners collected results, with a third of grades being A* - A and every exam sat achieving A* - C.
Sophie Brown recorded an A* in maths and an A in English and such has been the progress she has made during her time at LVS Oxford is now able to move in to mainstream education, going to Oxford Tutorial College in September.
Head boy Charlie Goode received a C in English after showing significant progress over his two years at LVS Oxford in which the school has helped him develop the confidence to express himself and communicate with other learners and teachers. His C grade means he will now be able to apply to university in 2017, hoping to study computer science at Oxford Brookes after he completes a Level 3 ICT BTEC and maths A-Level at LVS Oxford during the next academic year. His mother Carol said: “When Charlie arrived at LVS Oxford he couldn’t interact with staff or his peers, and would only communicate by writing messages. He has really developed at the school and now takes on responsibility and helps out with the younger learners too”.
Olivier Adams is one of LVS Oxford’s residential students and the benefits of having additional time and support at school rather than travelling twice a day were rewarded by a C in maths which he sat a year early. LVS Oxford Deputy Head Tracy Lucas said: “Olivier suffers from severe anxiety and we were very impressed with his ability to focus, sit the exam and manage a stressful time that is testing for any student, let alone one with autism. He will now be studying GCSEs in English, history, geography and science with us in September”.
Academic progress is one of four key areas of development that LVS Oxford focuses on, alongside social and emotional wellbeing, independent living skills and destinations beyond the school.
LVS Oxford Deputy Head Tracy Lucas said: “We are delighted that our students have done so well as academic progress is a key part of their development. GCSEs and future courses combined with the work the students are doing at school in terms of building confidence and independent living skills will ensure that they leave LVS Oxford equipped to lead fulfilling and successful lives. They have shown that with the right approach autism does not have to be a barrier to personal success”.
For families of children with autism who want to find out more about how LVS Oxford can help achieve academic success, the next open day is on Wednesday 21st September.
Sister school LVS Hassocks in West Sussex, also for students with autism, posted a record number of GCSE results today, with fourteen learners sitting 32 exams and achieving 97% A* - E grades.
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.