Seven of our learners made a memorable trip to Blenheim Palace in the last week of term as a reward for reaching their targets at school.
With LVS Oxford being just two miles from Blenheim Palace it was a fitting venue to celebrate the learners’ achievements. The trip was a class reward as a collective effort for reaching their IEP (Individual Education Plan) targets, good behaviour and helping others over the last term, and after a very close finish the final point was earned on the morning of the trip allowing all learners in the class to enjoy the trip.
Blenheim Palace proved itself to be a wonderful attraction for the school visit, with its large open spaces for walks, exploring and team sports, large outdoor adventure playgrounds, a very tricky maze and a butterfly garden, with learners keen to explore everything. They supported each other, played and explored alongside each other and were polite to staff and visitors – all key lessons they have been practising this year.
As well as the trip being a motivational tool to encourage educational progress, it also served to provide the learners with an opportunity to interact and communicate with each other in a different setting. Teacher Amy Willis said: “Children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum can have difficulties in communicating so it was lovely to see one of the learners helping two others who couldn’t find their way out of the maze, all of them playing sport together happily, and Jade’s day was complete when she caught a butterfly in her hand at the Butterfly Farm. The day just emphasised how far they have come in a short space of time at LVS Oxford”.
Amy concluded: “Academic progress is one of the key areas in which we successfully develop the prospects of our learners. Trips like this provide them with additional motivation to strive to reach new goals, whilst at the same time having a really positive effect on their social and emotional wellbeing as all of our learners have had a truly memorable day”.
Our other classes also enjoyed some exciting end of term action too, with Tom’s class playing the new sport of ‘Footgolf’ at Hinksey Heights and Claire’s GCSE English class heading to Oxford Castle to watch a performance of Romeo and Juliet which they have studied this year.
Parents and carers speak positively about the ways in which staff promote positive behaviour. One said "staff are very caring, they talk to students positively and handle things fairly"