A BBC television presenter has helped a Lichfield school celebrate the success of its students.
Weather girl Genelle Aldred joined former pupil Jake Barras, who is now studying towards a career in the legal profession, to present the annual awards to youngsters at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School.
The school chooses its prize givers based on their achievements and outstanding success since leaving. Jake Barras, who left Maple Hayes in 2008 to pursue a career in law, is now studying at Northumberland University and hopes to become a barrister.
Dr Neville Brown, founder and principal of the school, said:
“Students at Maple Hayes join the school with poor literacy skills, so the progress and determination they show throughout their time here is testament to their willpower. We are delighted that year after year we are able to reward our students for their outstanding performances. The awards recognise the students’ achievement in fulfilling their maximum potential, and showing a continued dedication and thirst for learning.
“It was a pleasure this year, to welcome back Jake Barras, one of our outstanding former pupils. It is truly rewarding to see students thriving in a pursuit they feel passionate about, which is what Jake has demonstrated to us today.”
Maple Hayes School is one of the select few schools for dyslexic and underachieving children in the UK.