Students with autism had a ball as they enjoyed a day celebrating all their achievements over the last academic year.
The rejoicing 11- to 19-year-olds at LVS Oxford enjoyed drinks, music and a photo booth before emotional leaving speeches brought the 2016-17 year to a close.
The youngsters, who are all on the autism spectrum, celebrated all they had accomplished since last September with their parents and friends.
The Rev Nathan Jarvis from St Bartholomew’s in Yarnton and representatives of Banbury-based Parents Talking Asperger’s shared the special event at the Begbroke school.
After welcome drinks and a musical interlude, when the students played the piano and drums, came emotional leaving speeches from head boy Charlie Goode and head girl Holly Balchin.
Charlie is planning on going to Oxford Brookes University in September when Holly will move back into mainstream education at Henley College.
Holly said: “Being at LVS Oxford I have learned skills that I will use throughout my life in many different situations. One of the things I love most about LVS Oxford is how we are treated as individuals – we are not put into a box – and that’s part of what makes this school so special.”
Certificates and trophies were presented to students and most had the courage to step up on stage to receive their awards.
LVS Oxford’s main aims are to improve autistic students’ academic achievements and give them the skills they need to live independently.
Head of School Louisa Allison-Bergin said: “This year we have seen so much improvement and development in our learners that we are delighted to honour that.
“Charlie and Holly’s speeches were very moving and they are fine examples 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.”