Hard working pupils and staff at Lichfield’s Maple Hayes Dyslexia School are celebrating receiving their ‘Good with Outstanding features’ Ofsted inspection.

The Ofsted report, compiled for the Abnalls Lane school, praised the school’s leadership and management, quality of teaching, and the behaviour and safety of pupils.

The report said: “Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils want to learn and become successful. Pupils present themselves and their work well, and with pride. They enjoy school because of the great help they receive from teachers within small classes, and their success in learning to read and write well.”

The inspection, carried out by Kathy Hooper and Carol Deakin, also marked the school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure as ‘Outstanding’.

It said: “Although pupils very often arrive with low levels of confidence due to their previous experiences of failure, they blossom within the orderly and predictable climate that pervades the school.”

The quality of teaching was marked ‘Good’ by inspectors, who said there was a ‘coherent approach to teaching literacy that is reinforced well. As a result, pupils’ literacy improves quickly’. It also praised pupils’ ‘rapid progress in reading and writing helps them to achieve well in subjects across the curriculum’.

The report added: “Pupils say that the approachability of teachers, the use of the school’s method of teaching literacy, and the small classes are the best things about the school.”

The school’s leadership and management were judged to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors.  Maple Hayes has been running since the 1980s and was founded by Dr Neville Brown, the school Principal. His son Dr Daryl Brown, who is headteacher, work together to give an alternative approach to teaching literacy to the roll of 120 pupils who are aged between seven and 17-years-old. The doctors have created a unique approach to teaching literacy which they call the ‘morphological approach’ which uses icons  to make a visual link between meaning and spelling instead of pupils being taught using phonics. Their approach has meant hundreds of pupils have been able to overcome having dyslexia and go on to lead fulfilling lives and careers.

Dr Daryl Brown praised the hard work of pupils and staff at the school, and said they were happy with the report.

He said: “We are very pleased that the behaviour and safety of our pupils has been marked as being outstanding as it shows the growing confidence the children have within the school. We want to thank them and also our hard-working staff and parents in keeping Maple Hayes to a standard we are proud to be. We will continue working hard towards improving every aspect of the school.”

PR by Clive Reeves Birmingham

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