MP Nicola Blackwood Praises Extraordinary Work Of LVS Oxford Staff

Nicola Blackwood MP visited LVS Oxford at the end of January, and praised the “extraordinary work” that staff are doing to support and develop young people with autism.

Nicola, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon since 2010, last visited the school in October 2014. That was just a month after opening, and she was amazed when she returned on 22nd January by the progress made since then.

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Nicola enjoyed a tour on which she was shown into art class where topical Chinese New Year masks were being made, saw the extensive ICT facilities and was grilled by learners studying politics in their Philosophy & Ethics lesson, with tough questions such as “Why don’t Google, Amazon and Starbucks pay taxes?”, “Do you agree with the war in Syria?” and “What are your feelings towards Donald Trump?” Nicola also experienced an LVS Oxford Business BTEC lesson, one of four new BTEC options launched this academic year along with Sport, Health & Social Care, and Home Cooking Skills.

Nicola said: “I always enjoy visiting LVS Oxford. It is wonderful to see the extraordinary work the staff are doing to support these young people and watching them go from strength to strength; taking on even more academic options as well as vocational learning courses. The students also kept me on my toes during my visit, challenging me on the political topics of the day!”

Head of Centre at LVS Oxford Louisa Allison-Bergin said: “We were delighted to welcome Nicola and show her the crucial work we are doing to develop the prospects of young adults with autism. By helping them become more independent and self-sufficient, raising their confidence levels and providing ever increasing academic options, we are totally focused on ensuring our learners go on to employment or further education when they leave LVS Oxford. Nicola saw first-hand how we do this, and was impressed – she said she had seen a real improvement and difference in how the students are learning now”.

Charlie has really enjoyed this week at LVS, it has been a wonderful and positive experience for him, and I would like to say a very big thank you to all the staff at LVS.
Carol, mother of Charlie
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