Lichfield school pupils celebrate success at prize giving day

Pupils at a Lichfield school in Lichfield have been celebrating success at their annual prize giving day.

Certificates, cups and trophies were handed out to students at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School who had excelled and achieved academic accolades, sporting success or made a positive contribution to general school life.

Dr Daryl Brown and Dr Neville Brown of Maple Hayes with Lord Lexden

Dr Daryl Brown and Dr Neville Brown of Maple Hayes with Lord Lexden

The awards were presented by Lord Lexden who followed in the footsteps of former ITV news presenter Llewella Bailey and The Apprentice star Nick Holzherr as this year’s guest of honour.

Lord Lexden, who took up his seat in the House of Lords in 2011, is also president of the Independent Schools Association and prior to the ceremony was given a tour of the school and shown examples of pupils’ work.

He said: “I’m deeply impressed by what I’ve seen here. The school is tackling the sort of problems that you usually only read about and it’s only by coming along and seeing it for yourself that you begin to understand what an incredible job is being done.”

Dr Neville Brown, founder and principal at the school, said: “Pupils usually come to Maple Hayes after they have struggled with literacy at other schools so it is a particular delight to acknowledge how well they have done. Each year hundreds of proud parents fill the marquee to witness their children receive prizes for their efforts and achievements and each year we have a great sense of achievement too.”

This year was an especially important celebration for Maple Hayes – with 100 per cent of students successfully completing their GCSEs – with many likely to go on to further and higher education, a career path that may have been unlikely for them before their literacy problems were addressed.