The Licensed Trade Charity’s two schools for young people with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum both enjoyed excellent GCSE results on 24th August.
LVS Oxford is celebrating after achieving all A* – D grades in just its second ever set of GCSE results. LVS Oxford, in Begbroke, saw 100% A* – C grades in English language and science amongst the excellent results which follow 100% achievement across six BTECs earlier this summer.
LVS Oxford, which only opened in 2014 and provides an education for young people aged 11 to 18 on the autism spectrum, provided students with GCSE options in four subjects with science and history added for the first time and one student achieving an excellent A in English.
Headline figures were as follows:
- 100% of exam papers graded A* – D
- 71% of exam papers graded A* – C
- 100% of learners gained all A* – D grades
- 100% A* – C grades in English language and science
Caitlin Ireland was delighted to receive a C in history in her first ever GCSE, and said: “The school staff have really helped me and I am very pleased with my result”. This compliments her BTEC Level 1 award in Health and Social Care from earlier in the summer and she will now go on to study GCSE English and science, along with three more BTECs, at LVS Oxford from September. These will allow Caitlin to make her next steps beyond the school with an independent future and options of mainstream education or employment ahead of her.
One student who has benefited greatly from an LVS Oxford education and is set to make the move into mainstream college is Holly Balchin. She achieved a C in English language and a D in maths to accompany sport and leisure and business administration BTECs, and will now go to Henley College to study public services. At LVS Oxford’s end of term Celebration of Achievement Holly said: “When I came to LVS Oxford at 14 I lacked confidence and hated school. Three years on I am confident, have gained academic skills, and am ready to start my new venture at college in September”.
Head of School Louisa Allison-Bergin said: “”We are delighted with LVS Oxford’s exam results which demonstrate that our students can achieve excellent results with determination, tailored teaching and additional support where required. Our whole approach is based around providing students with the skills to go on to be independent beyond the school, so we are particularly pleased to see Holly go on to Henley College after the great progress we have seen from her personally and academically during her time at LVS Oxford”.
Students with autism at LVS Hassocks achieved the school’s best ever GCSE results, with a record 56% of exam papers graded A* – C, up from 44% in 2016. Ten students at the day and weekly residential school for children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum sat GCSEs in ICT, maths, English literature, English language and, for the first time, art. 70% of them achieved all A* – D grades, up from 64% in 2016, with the new art GCSE providing only A* – C grades.
The headline figures were:
- 56% of exam papers graded A* – C (44% in 2016 and 40% in 2015)
- 70% of learners gained all A* – D grades (64% in 2016 and 61% in 2015)
LVS Hassocks’ approach of individual calming strategies and a wide range of therapist support available on site has paid dividends as the school achieved excellent results which have helped students achieve places in mainstream education for September such as Steven Bagnall who achieved a strong pass (5) in English literature amongst his results, and is now set to take up a place in mainstream education at Northbrook College.
Giving students with autism the confidence to sit exams can be a challenge, with many suffering from high anxiety and exams being a stressful time for any student, making the results even more noteworthy.
Bradley Kelly achieved all A* – C grades in ICT, maths and English literature and now has the option of moving on to mainstream college. During his time at LVS Hassocks, and as part of the school’s commitment to giving students practical skills and experience to help increase their employability, Bradley flourished in a barista training course and showed off his new skills in LVS Hassocks’ own coffee shop, designed to give students work experience opportunities. You can see how he benefited from the course here.
Oliver Short also did particularly well in achieving all A* – C grades, including receiving a B in LVS Hassocks’ first ever art GCSE.
Those students who stay on at LVS Hassocks to gain the qualifications and social skills they need to live independent lives in future will be able to choose from a variety of exam options as well as additional GCSEs, including a range of A-Levels and BTECs to ensure they can study the most suitable education for them.
LVS Hassocks Head of School Terry Kelly said: “We are delighted that our students have performed so well in their GCSEs. It is a very daunting prospect for students with autism to sit examinations, so for 70% of them to achieve only A* – D grades, and over 50% of papers to be A* – C grades for the first time, is a big achievement. By improving students’ academic achievements whilst building their personal and social skills we are able to ensure they can go on to live independent lives beyond the school”.