A recent Ofsted inspection praised LVS Oxford for its improvement, ambition and the progress made by its students with autism as the school gained a Good rating. The report has just been released after a three-day visit took place across five different areas of inspection from 14th to 17th May, and issued the second highest available rating after Excellent.
Ofsted noted that at LVS Oxford, “pupils gain confidence and discover what it means to be successful learners. They make good progress in their studies and personal development.”
Initiatives introduced by LVS Oxford such as Careers Week and a range of work experience options that include Blenheim Palace and local businesses demonstrate the school’s desire to ensure students can go on to enjoy successful futures. The Ofsted report picked up on this, stating that the sixth form is a “growing strength” of the school, and that “good teaching, thorough careers guidance and a wide range of vocational experiences enable students to develop into confident citizens.”
With teaching assistants and a therapy team that can provide speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and an on-site child psychotherapist to support individual student needs, the report confirmed that pupils feel secure in the school and that “they have sufficient freedom, combined with appropriate supervision, to enable them to manage their anxieties, stay safe and regulate their behaviour.”
The Head of School at LVS Oxford is Louisa Allison-Bergin, and the report noted: “Through her high expectations, the headteacher has transformed this rapidly improving school into an ambitious place of learning, for pupils and for staff.” She reacted to the report by saying: "We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised us as an ambitious place of learning. We have a genuinely committed team who work cohesively to create a welcoming and purposeful educational environment where students progress in their studies and personal development.”
Overall the Ofsted report gave LVS Oxford a Good rating across five areas of inspection – effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and sixth form provision.
Parents and carers speak positively about the ways in which staff promote positive behaviour. One said "staff are very caring, they talk to students positively and handle things fairly"