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Oxfordshire school marks first ever end-of-year with special celebration
20 July 2012
Earlier this week, students and staff at Action for Children's
Parklands Campus, in Oxfordshire, hosted a special celebration to
mark their first ever end of school year.
Locals were treated to a music concert organised by the school's
music teacher, Jennie Bates. Guests also took part in a scarecrow
competition, enjoyed the school's home-grown garden and browsed the
students' arts and crafts showcase.
The school, which opened last September, is a co-educational
special school providing day, residential, fostering and outreach
services to young people aged 11 to 19. Students are supported with
various behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, and complex
needs including autistic spectrum disorders.
More than 100 people turned out for the bash, which included a
surprise serenade from the Oxford String Quartet - an esteemed
group which has played for the likes of Prince William.
Among the guests were community members including Lord
Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson; the Majoress of Abingdon
Cllr Monica Lovett; the Major of Faringdon Cllr Dr Mike Wise and
his consort Mrs Ingrid.
Action for Children's Ray Wilson, Principal of Parklands Campus,
said, "We are delighted to be celebrating our first ever end of
school year with so many children, young people, families and the
"It is incredibly important for young people with behavioural
and learning difficulties to get the support they need to reach
their full potential.
"This celebration has given us a real opportunity to reflect on our
successes over the last year, and to thank all of those who
supported our staff and students. We had an amazing time and we
can't wait to begin our second year!"
Parklands will begin its next term in September.