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Lichfield students hear about High Sheriff of Staffordshire’s experience of living with dyslexia

The High Sheriff of Staffordshire has spoken about life with dyslexia on a visit to a specialist school in Lichfield.

Colonel David Leigh visited pupils at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School as part of their weekly assembly.

He told them that they should never give up on their dreams and that they could achieve anything, despite having had a difficult start in life.

Maple Hayes pupil Eleta Taylor, 15 with with Col David Leigh, Staffordshire High Sheriff

Maple Hayes pupil Eleta Taylor, 15 with with Col David Leigh, High Sheriff of Staffordshire

Col Leigh said: “I think it is important for children with dyslexia to see that they can absolutely make it, no matter what their difficulty.

“I was told I was ‘thick’ while I was at school, and it was only when I was 25 that I was told I was dyslexic. People didn’t really understand it in those days.

|But I had some fabulous teachers too who were really there for me, and that helped me so much.

“It was from school that I went to Sandhurst before serving in the Territorial Army for 28 years. I am now chairman of Staffordshire Clubs for Young People, so I’m passionate about supporting ventures which look after the young people in the county,” he added.

Col Leigh was also shown the importance of cursive writing to the school’s students by headteacher Dr Daryl Brown.

“Seeing the teaching methods they use in the school has been fascinating, and the fact they do not use phonics to teach is incredible,” he said. “I am so pleased that a school like this exists.”

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