The Royal seal of approval is set to be given to Lichfield’s Maple Hayes Dyslexia School when HRH Princess Beatrice of York visits the specialist site later this month.
Princess Beatrice, who was herself diagnosed with dyslexia when she was just seven-years-old, will be given a tour of the school’s unique facilities and shown how teachers provide a positive and fresh approach to teaching pupils who are dyslexic or are underachieving in Staffordshire and surrounding areas.
The 26-year-old princess will be meeting with some of the pupils and finding out more about their experiences with dyslexia on Monday, 27th April. Her Royal Highness will also be shown the school’s approach to teaching literacy which uses icons to make a link between meaning and spelling patterns. The icons help children learn and recognise the formation of words and are especially useful for those who have struggled to make progress using phonics.
Princess Beatrice will then be invited to officially open a newly built room at the Abnalls Lane school and presented with a specially engraved fountain pen as the school believes fountain pens help with each child’s handwriting and learning.
Dr Daryl Brown, headmaster of the school, said they were honoured to be welcoming such a special guest.
“We are proud to be able to show Princess Beatrice around our school and show her the important work we do. As she also has dyslexia we know the pupils will be able to relate to her and realise that despite having a learning difficulty they can succeed in life,” he said.
Principal Dr Neville Brown, who founded the school in the 1980s added he was looking forward to showing the Princess their unique approach to teaching literacy which they call the ‘morphological approach’, along with the Dyslexia Dictionary he, and his son Dr Daryl Brown, are in the process of completing.
Princess Beatrice, who is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York, became the Patron of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre in Surrey in 2013. The centre had helped her throughout her secondary education, and the Princess went on to gain eight GCSEs, three A-levels and a 2:1 in History from Goldsmith's College, London.