Staff and students at LVS Oxford are celebrating after a recent Ofsted residential inspection was published, confirming the overall experiences and progress of students as Good, with the quality of care and support judged to be Outstanding. The inspection was in February with the findings made public in May.
The Ofsted report noted the following under the rating of Outstanding for the quality of care and support, which is an aspect that runs across the whole school and not just the residential provision:
- Staff have an excellent understanding of each young person’s needs. Young people are prepared for their life after school through a targeted programme of life and social skills via an online system of goals and targets.
- All young people are treated with dignity and respect. Individualised plans identify their preferences, likes and dislikes, and people who are important to them.
- Parents and young people are positive about the provision. Comments include: ‘Staff do a fantastic job in often difficult circumstances’; and, ‘He is learning new skills which benefit him, like cooking’.
Comments from other areas of the report, which rated the residential provision at the school as Good, included:
- Young people make very good progress as a result of accessing the residential provision. They learn how to be away from their families and how to form relationships with others.
- Young people have the opportunity to take part in a range of socially and emotionally stimulating activities. Activities include swimming, photography, arts and crafts, and games. Specific skills and talents are celebrated and young people have opportunity to try new experiences they may not have the opportunity to try at home.
- The team has excellent oversight of the progress young people in the residential setting are making.
In addition to weekly residential and day placements, LVS Oxford now also offers flexi-boarding, allowing local families who require additional support some respite across one, two or three nights of residential care per week.
LVS Oxford Head of School Louisa Allison-Bergin said: “The residential Ofsted inspection is our second since the school opened in September 2014 and the report demonstrates that we have built on our previous Good status as the quality of care and support was judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding. The report highlights the fact that staff have an excellent understanding of each young person’s needs and that we prepare them for their life after school through a targeted programme of life and social skills. This excellent report is a huge testament to the fantastic residential team we have in place, their skills in helping the young people in their care to grow and progress, and the seamless interaction with the academic team”.
Parents of young people with autism who would like to find out more about the education and care LVS Oxford provides can book for the school’s Open Day on Wednesday 21st June.
We aim to provide them with a ‘tool box for life’ – a variety of skills and coping mechanisms that they can take with them in to the future.