New school planned for special needs

2:00pm Thursday 4th July 2013

A NEW school for young people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome is scheduled to open next year.

The new school, called LVS (Licensed Victuallers’ School) Oxford will open at the former Begbroke Priory near Woodstock.

The school in Spring Hill Road will cater for up to 70 pupils aged 11 to 19, who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s and autism.

Due to open in September 2014, the school is owned and managed by the Licensed Trade Charity, with the converted priory providing residential and day places.

LVS Oxford is hoping to follow the success of LVS Hassocks in West Sussex, the charity’s first school for students on the autism spectrum.

Director of special educational needs Sarah Sherwood, who will oversee LVS Oxford, said: “My vision is employability and independent living skills for students with learning difficulties.

“Specialist schools provide real opportunities for young people with autism. We will have dedicated staff and support specialists.”

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