Pupils at LVS Oxford, a secondary school for pupils with autism, are celebrating excellent GCSE results, in a year that saw its highest number of GCSE entries since the first exams were sat at the school in 2016.
Over 30% of the results were grades 7-9 (A and high A grades). In maths, 100% were grades 4-9 (C to high A grades) and 100% of the English grades were 4-8 (C to high A grades) for the third year running.
In addition to GCSEs, we offer a wide range of other qualifications so pupils can follow a bespoke curriculum that suits their individual needs. These include BTECs, Entry Level and Functional Skills in English and maths, and ABC Awards. For the third year running, pupil attainment in BTEC courses was 100% and a total of 30 Level 1 and 2 BTEC qualifications were awarded across a range of vocational subjects.
Sam Smith, who is staying on at LVS Oxford for Sixth Form, said he felt “relieved, satisfied and a bit proud” having successfully passed the two GCSEs he took this summer.
Sam went on: “The study sessions and support given to me by my teachers really helped to build my confidence. My advice to students starting at LVS Oxford would be to take the opportunities given and remember you can do it. I am now looking forward to learning useful skills I’ll need in my future career (either in horticulture or the car industry), undertaking work experience, and being part of a small Sixth Form group.”
Craig Harris, who followed a vocational curriculum and has secured a place at Reading College to study music performance and production, said of his time at LVS Oxford: “I feel like I’ve really matured as a person. It’s a matter of being in a school environment that has helped me build confidence.”
Among the school’s other leavers are students who are going on to study A-Levels in mainstream Sixth Forms, join mainstream colleges, and take up apprenticeships and employment in their chosen fields.
One Year 11 leaver, who successfully passed 8 GCSEs (grades 6-9) and is now going on to mainstream Sixth Form to study maths, philosophy and English literature, said: “The most helpful things about LVS Oxford have been the support from the teaching staff and the flexible system which allowed me to slowly adjust to school. I will remember good times with the staff and friends and the peaceful atmosphere of LVS Oxford. In the future, my most likely career path is to become a teacher.”
Another Year 11 leaver, who achieved the GCSE grades he needed to secure a place at the mainstream music college of his choice, added: “I made friends at LVS Oxford and my English teacher gave me the motivation to try. I am hoping to work in the music industry in the future and my advice to younger students is to always pay attention.
Louisa Allison-Bergin, LVS Oxford Head of School, commented: “We are hugely proud of the academic achievements of all our students, both those who received GCSE results today and those who successfully completed BTECs and other qualifications this year. At LVS Oxford, supporting students to increase their motivation and confidence, so they can start seeing and mapping a future beyond our school, is just as important as our subject teaching. I am delighted that these aspects have been highlighted in the pupils’ comments today and, on behalf of the whole team, I’d like to wish all our leavers every success as they continue to build independent, successful, futures for themselves.”