A learner from LVS Oxford became the youngest ever speaker at Begbroke Women’s Institute on Thursday 16th April.
Head of LVS Oxford Jane Straw was invited to speak at the monthly meeting to talk about the success the school is having in delivering outcomes for its learners. However, Jane was keen to use the invitation as an opportunity for Charlotte, 18, to practice her public speaking, gain confidence and interact socially. Charlotte, accompanied by Jane and a number of friends and family, made the short journey across the Woodstock Road from the school in Spring Hill Road to the meeting at Begbroke Village Hall.
A room full of Women’s Institute members was captivated by Charlotte’s presentation on what she enjoys, the difficulties of living with autism and the vital role LVS Oxford is playing in helping her deal with those and make progress academically and socially. Charlotte received a rapturous applause and President of Begbroke WI Pam Venn said: “Charlotte’s speech was riveting. She is a great advert for young people today and it was lovely to hear from someone who enjoys school so much and has goals, and the school comes across as so caring and devoted”.
Charlotte had spent five years out of education prior to joining LVS Oxford, missing almost her entire secondary school education, but is making up for lost time working with the skilled staff at the school and recently received an A for a history essay – the first A she has achieved in her life. Her mother Sarah said: “Her results at school are important, but what makes me happiest is when she gets up in the morning and wants to go to school now – that never happened before. LVS Oxford opening has changed our lives”.
Jane Straw added: “We were delighted to be invited to speak by the WI as it allows LVS Oxford to continue establishing strong community ties. I am so proud of Charlotte, she did brilliantly. To maintain her composure and be able to stand in front of a room full of people shows just how far she has come in her time with the school”.
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.