There were smiling faces and screams of success at specialist dyslexia school Maple Hayes Hall in Lichfield today, as pupils enjoyed GCSE exam success.

School leavers at the acclaimed Staffordshire school have had more cause to celebrate than most, as many entered Maple Hayes without being able to read or write.

What has made the journey even more amazing is that 100% of pupils passed English, with 38% of them achieving at least a grade 4- a standard pass that is equivalent to a C - in the subject that has proven to be one of the biggest stumbling blocks throughout their academic career.

Pupils have also conquered Maths, with a 100% pass rate and a staggering 54% obtaining a grade 4 or better. All pupils are also planning to go on to further education this September.

In total this year, 31% of Year 11 pupils scooped five A*-C / 4-9 grades, while 23% achieved five A*-C / 4-9 grades including English and Maths.

Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher at Maple Hayes Hall, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with these results, as they are a true testament to not only the hard work of our pupils, but to our dedicated and committed staff who go above and beyond to giving these youngsters the education they deserve. It gives us great pride to see the smiles on each of their faces as celebrate the fruits of their labours. We wish each of them the best of luck as they embark on their next academic chapter.”

Sonny Moore, student at Maple Hayes Hall, said: "I am really happy with my results and excited to head into my public services course. I could not have done this without the help of the teachers at Maple Hayes. I was prepared and wasn't nervous for my exams, which is why I got the grades I needed. I will miss the friends I made here and can't wait to come back and visit.”

Cody Moore, Sonny’s younger sister added: “I am so proud of my older brother!”

(Left to right) Cody Moore (11), Sonny Moore (16)

(Left to right) Cody Moore (11), Sonny Moore (16)

Adelle Jenkins, mother of Sonny Moore, said: I am so beyond proud of my son for his GCSE results. He worked tremendously and tirelessly to beat the odds and get to where he is today. When he first came to Maple Hayes, he was not able to read or write. He is prepared for this next chapter thanks to the dedication and support of the incredible teachers. I am so excited for his bright future!"

The school, which was founded in the 1980s by educational psychologist and principal Dr Neville Brown as a lifeline for young dyslexics failed by mainstream education, steers away from the widely-taught phonics approach, instead using a unique morphological teaching method that uses icons to indicate meanings of words.

Year on year, Maple Hayes beats the odds with competitive GCSE results. Alumni have gone on to study at college and university - with some going on to gain PhDs.

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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