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Maple Hayes Dyslexia School’s headteacher delighted with “astounding” GCSE results

A Lichfield school’s headteacher says the achievements of his GCSE students are “astounding”.

Maple Hayes Dyslexia School’s pupils – many of whom could not read or write when they joined – have been finding out their grades today.

Every student has secured at least five passes at GCSE. Almost all of them are now planning on continuing into further education.

Jasmine Fox, Noel Whelan and Jay Kirby celebrating their GCSE results

Jasmine Fox, Noel Whelan and Jay Kirby celebrating their GCSE results

Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher at Maple Hayes, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with these results and they are a credit not only to our hardworking pupils, but to our committed staff who invest so much time – including weekends – in giving these youngsters a fair chance at life.

“For them to achieve such great results is most definitely down to their hard work and they deserve all the success in life.

“In fact, the results are nothing short of astounding, given that just a few years ago many pupils were trapped in a system which made them dependent upon support rather than independent learners.

“Our results show that it is not a dyslexic student’s academic ability – or lack of – that is the issue, but the teaching method deployed by most schools.

“Dyslexia need not be a life sentence of underachievement, as every single one of our school leavers has proven today.”

Jasmine Fox from Burntwood secured seven GCSEs. She said she was thrilled with the results.

“I was really excited about today and am so glad to get the results,” she added. “I want to go and study art and design at college.”

Jay Kirby picked up eight GCSEs and is going to study ICT at a college in Sutton or Tamworth.

“I was a little bit nervous this morning but am so happy with my results,” he said. “The school has been so good at teaching me and I’m really grateful to them.”

Head Boy Noel Whelan also picked up eight GCSE’s today. He said: “I want to go onto study A Levels in Geography, Maths and Economics and eventually go onto university – I am really happy today.”

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