Students at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School in Lichfield have risen to the challenge of the new GCSE structure, with all pupils achieving at least eight GCSEs, including English and maths.
School leavers at the acclaimed Staffordshire school have more cause to celebrate than most, as many of them enter Maple Hayes without being able to read and write.
In total this year, 100% of pupils secured eight or more GCSEs, with 44% of them achieving at least a grade 4 (a standard pass that is equivalent to a C) in English - the subject that has proven to be one of the biggest stumbling blocks throughout their academic career.
50% of Year 11 pupils conquered maths with grade 4 or higher, while two pupils at the school achieved the highest possible grade - grade 9 (equivalent to an A*) - for their art and design GCSE.
“We are delighted with this year’s GCSE results, especially considering how much more difficult the new examination system is for dyslexic students,” said Dr Daryl Brown, Headteacher at Maple Hayes. “There is more subject content to learn, more examination papers, longer examinations and a requirement in many subjects for extended answers which have a higher literacy requirement.
“We are incredibly proud of the pupils’ successes and would like to congratulate all of our Year 11 students, as well as the parents and teaching staff, for their achievements.
“We wish every student the best of luck as they embark on their next academic chapter.”
This year’s GCSE success follows on from the school’s ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report in November 2017, in which it was praised for its unique approach to teaching and the staff’s commitment to making sure pupils thrive regardless of learning ability.
Maple Hayes was founded by Dr Neville Brown, the school principal, who today works closely alongside his son, and headteacher, Dr Daryl Brown.
Together, the doctors have created a unique approach to teaching literacy called the ‘morphological approach’, using icons to make a visual link between meaning and spelling instead of pupils being taught using phonics.
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.
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