The new school year began last week, and LVS Oxford restarts with a huge vote of confidence from a recent Ofsted report which confirmed its status as Good (one grade from Outstanding) in all areas, and with a new Head of Centre in Louisa Allison-Bergin who has a wealth of experience in SEN education.
LVS Oxford has already received glowing praise from its first Ofsted report with leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and sixth form provision all receiving the second highest possible grade from the government department responsible for inspecting and regulating schools. Comments from the inspection, which took place during last term, included “despite being open for a relatively short period, the school is improving and developing rapidly”, “Students gain trust in staff, settle quickly and start to enjoy learning and as a result start to succeed” and “the mix of academic expectations and good knowledge of students so that they can overcome their barriers to learning is very effective”. The full Ofsted report can be found here.
LVS Oxford will build on this hugely positive report and continue its successful growth under new Head of Centre Louisa Allison-Bergin. Louisa is a perfect match for the school’s ethos to successfully develop the prospects of young adults on the autism spectrum in the areas of independent living, social and emotional wellbeing, academic progress and destinations. With previous SEN experience at Uxbridge College and Penn School in Buckinghamshire, where she launched a successful sixth form with over 40 students, Louisa is committed to providing young people with disabilities access to the same opportunities and experiences as everyone else. Across her previous roles, she has a 100% record in destinations for students, with all of them going on to employment, assisted employment, college placements, apprenticeships or residential placements.
Louisa said: “I am really excited to be part of the growth of LVS Oxford as it develops the prospects of a growing number of young adults on the autism spectrum. The school has had a fantastic first year, making such a difference already to learners in Oxfordshire and many counties beyond. LVS Oxford’s Ofsted report in May was truly excellent and gives us a great platform to build on as we prepare learners in areas such as independent living and academic progress. I hope my experience in destinations – helping equip learners with skills, qualifications and jobs or college places for their futures – will only strengthen that”.
Louisa continued: “Social and emotional wellbeing will continue to be a priority as the school provides a fantastic environment for learners; welcoming, safe and well equipped with a wide range of activities and trips to enjoy. With the growth of our residential provision allowing learners from further away to share in the benefits of SEN education at LVS Oxford, we are creating a really diverse, happy mix of learners and experiences that everyone will benefit from”.
Sarah Sherwood, Director of SEN at LVS Oxford and sister school LVS Hassocks, said:
We are delighted that Louisa has joined LVS Oxford. She has extensive experience of working with young people with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum and her previous experience in Further Education and as Head of a 6th form will be beneficial in our development of programmes for our Post 16 Department. Louisa’s knowledge of transitions and Personal & Social Development will ensure that our learners leave LVS Oxford better equipped to manage the challenges that their diagnosis presents, whilst being able to take their place in society”.
Despite only opening in September 2014 with 16 learners, word has quickly spread about the quality of the SEN school’s provision and it reopened last week with 41 learners from 11 different local authorities.
LVS Oxford is holding an open day for interested parties including prospective parents, students, local authorities and teachers on Wednesday 23rd September. To find out more or book a place call 03330 067433.
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.