In September this year LVS Oxford opened its doors for the first time to students with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum. Some of the learners had been out of mainstream education for years before joining LVS Oxford. Within just one term all of the first cohort have settled in, are attending school and engaging in lessons.
Students and staff finished their first term and the year with a celebration of the talent within school and a confidence boost to everyone involved by performing their Christmas Concert.
Everyone who wanted to take part was involved singing Christmas songs and songs from Frozen. Some Learner’s read poems they had written themselves and those with a musical talent performed. KS3 student Eddie played his violin accompanied by Head of Centre, Jane Straw on her violin.
At the end of the performance Jane Straw took to the stage to say “the school is full of such talented young people and it is a privilege to offer them an education at LVS Oxford.” She remarked that ‘all the students have individual skills, personality and potential which makes working at this school so rewarding.” She went on to say “the school has become a family – the LVS Oxford family – which will welcome 5 more newcomers in January”.
David Haywood, Grandfather of student Finn said “it was a fantastic performance today. Since coming to LVS Oxford Finn has calmed down a lot, he is happy and looks forward to coming to school – before, at previous schools, he couldn’t cope and didn’t want to go in.”
Charlotte Owens, LVS Oxford student who recently spoke at the Parents Talking Aspergers event stepped up on stage to thank everyone for coming. The group then headed to the dining room to share lunch before heading off for Christmas.
A wonderful way to share the end of their first term with friends and family
Current research shows that only 15% of young people with an autism spectrum diagnosis are in sustained, full-time employment and we are passionate about changing that statistic.