Learners enjoyed a day of celebration on Friday 30th June when their efforts and progress of the past academic year at LVS Oxford were recognised at a Celebration of Achievement.
Students, parents, the Revd Nathan Jarvis from St Bartholomew’s in Yarnton and representatives of local autism group Parents Talking Asperger’s all shared in the occasion which celebrated everything students had achieved since September 2016.
After welcome drinks and a musical interlude, where talented students played the piano and drums, came an emotional leaving speech from Head Boy Charlie Goode. Two of LVS Oxford’s goals are to improve autistic students’ academic achievements and give them the skills they need to live independently, and so bid a fond and happy farewell to Charlie who is planning on going to Oxford Brookes University in September.
Certificates and trophies were then presented, with most students having the courage to step up on stage and receive their awards, something that will help them gain increased confidence for the future in school and beyond.
A photo booth gave students the opportunity to express themselves and have fun with their friends and teachers as everyone present celebrated another excellent year for LVS Oxford which included successful work experience placements at Blenheim Palace, a light aircraft flight over the school, students studying for GCSE, A-Level and BTEC qualifications and a recent Ofsted report of Good with Outstanding features.
Head of School Louisa Allison-Bergin said: “At LVS Oxford we give young people with autism the skills they need to live independently, and this year we have seen so much improvement and development in our learners that we are delighted to honour that. Charlie’s speech was very moving and is a fine example of what young people with autism can achieve with the right education – happy and confident and leaving equipped with qualifications ready to progress on to bright futures”.
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.