A specialist dyslexia school in Lichfield was shortlisted twice for this year’s Times Educational Supplement (TES) awards, in an annual ceremony held to highlight outstanding teaching and schools across the UK.

Maple Hayes Dyslexia School beat hundreds of entries to make the coveted TES shortlist. The school, which uses an alternative method to teach literacy to pupils with dyslexia who are unable to grasp the widely taught phonics approach, was nominated in the Outstanding Special School of the Year and Outstanding Literacy Initiative categories for its unique teaching methods and curriculum.

The school was praised by judges for its innovative morphological approach to teaching Literacy, which uses a unique icon-meaning method to break parts of words down, enabling youngsters with dyslexia to overcome their reading, writing and spelling difficulties.

Maple Hayes was also applauded for its industry leading research and notable achievements this school year, which included an ‘Outstanding’ verdict from Ofsted.

Dr Brown, headteacher at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, said: “We were absolutely honoured to feature on this year’s TES shortlist - the awards really are the hallmark of success in the teaching industry, so to have our school selected is incredibly humbling.

“The calibre of the shortlisted schools was phenomenal and certainly made for a truly inspiring afternoon. While we would have loved to have returned with an award, the winning schools absolutely deserved the accolades and for us, it was just fantastic to have our hard work recognised at such a prestigious ceremony.”

Speaking at the event Gerard Kelly, editor at the TES, added: “The awards are now in their fourth year and the quality of entries is higher than ever, with a greater range of schools taking part from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“It’s a cliché to say that every nominee at an awards ceremony is already a winner. But in the case of schools and teachers here today, it is true. All are outstanding, and all have helped, in different ways, to transform young people’s lives.”