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Former Maple Hayes School pupil writes ‘how to’ book for dyslexic university students

A former student of Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, who says the school “saved him”, has written a book to help dyslexics in their university studies.

Dr Adrian Wallbank, a Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, has published Academic Writing and Dyslexia: A Visual Guide to Writing at University to help dyslexic students cope with the rigours of higher education study.

Basing it on the unique “icon” system of teaching devised by Dr Neville Brown, the founder of the Lichfield-based specialist independent school for children with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties, Dr Wallbank’s book offers a visual approach to academic writing and composition specifically tailored to the needs of dyslexic students in higher education.

“The high demands at university and the sheer amount of reading and writing requires increasingly sophisticated coping mechanisms,” he said.

“The book very much takes inspiration from Dr Brown’s methodology that I learned at the school and I start where his approach leaves off, looking at structure and patterns of writing. I’ve also developed a system of visual icons and prompts.”

Dr Wallbank joined Maple Hayes at the age of 14. He had been educated by private tutors at home for 18 months after suffering a nervous breakdown, anxiety and depression because of bullying at his local secondary school in Polesworth, Warwickshire.

“I was in a real mess,” says Dr Wallbank, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of eight. “When I moved from middle school to high school, I was put in the bottom stream - I was pretty hopeless in every subject - but because I was a shy, quiet individual, I was bullied and I left after half a term. Maple Hayes was the lifeline I needed to overcome my school phobia and dyslexia. It saved me.”

When he left at the age of 17, he studied A-levels in English, Geography and Sociology at Burton Technical College before going to Staffordshire University to read English. After attaining a First, he was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant to go to the University of York to do a Masters.

He then went to the University of Warwick, where he completed a PhD in English literature, specialising in late  eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history.

“When I graduated from Staffordshire University, I knew I had two goals: to do a PhD in an English language-based subject, to prove I could do it, and to help people by teaching, just as I had been helped by Maple Hayes. Basically, I wanted to pay back that debt.

After teaching English literature, he moved to Royal Holloway where he is Programme Leader for Academic Writing and Communication in the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills.

“I want to help students because I know they can excel if they have the right help,” added Dr Wallbank. “I hope the book helps them to do that.”

For more information about Maple Hayes Dyslexia School visit: dyslexia.school.

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Birmingham hotel swaps Park Plage for intimate igloo hideout

As temperatures continue to drop and weather forecasters predict a cold snap will reach Birmingham by next week, one hotel in the city is offering a unique way to lap up the winter season without the worry of red noses or chattering teeth!

The Park Regis hotel on Broad Street has installed a cosy igloo dome on its outdoor terrace, complete with snug throws, comfy seats, twinkly lights and a faux fire to keep guests toasty as they enjoy a tipple under the stars.

Dubbed the ‘secret igloo’ thanks to its private and intimate location, the transparent dome is available to visitors on a first come, first serve basis with no need to book, and there is currently no minimum spend either. It seats eight people comfortably and guests can enjoy waiter service too.

“With winter coming, we wanted to offer guests a place where they can enjoy the outdoors under the comfort of a blanket with a mulled wine or hot chocolate to hand and the stars above,” said Mark Payne, General Manager at Park Regis Birmingham.

The secret igloo follows the success of the hotel’s ‘Park Plage’ in the summer, which saw the terrace transformed into a beach area complete with sand, complimentary flip-flops and deck chairs for guests to make the most of the sunshine.

“Our terrace is one of very few unique outdoor spaces in the heart of the city and we like to get creative with how we use it,” continued Mark. “The Park Plage was really popular and we hope visitors will enjoy our new igloo just as much.”

Park Regis Birmingham offers a seasonal Happy Hour menu, available every day from 4pm to 7pm, including a Baileys Pumpkin Spiced Martini, Sailor Jerry & Hot Chocolate, Americana and Snow Man for just £5 each.

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Birmingham hosts sold-out event featuring Emmy Award-winning special effects artist

A record-breaking 1,300 people converged on Birmingham's biggest residential conference venue on Saturday 18th November for The Prosthetics Event, which focuses on special effects makeup, prosthetics, body art, mould-making and animatronics.

Hosted at Conference Aston for the fifth year running, the event welcomed Emmy-award winning Christopher Nelson, who recreated the iconic Michael Myers mask for the Hollywood blockbuster Halloween, as he gave guests an insight into his approach to the prosthetics for the 2018 slasher movie.

The line-up also included David Marti and Montse Ribé, directors of Spain's Efectos Especiales DDT, the company behind the award-winning make-up effects in movies such as Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Crimson Peak.

“We are very happy to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of The Prosthetics Event at Conference Aston this year,” said Katie Davies, the Prosthetics Event Manager. “The venue has provided us with the perfect space to grow and expand our event over the past five years, with 2018 enabling us to host another diverse and exciting sold-out show.”

The annual event is staged by BAFTA-winning Doctor Who prosthetics designer Neill Gorton, whose company Millennium FX did the prosthetics for Slaughterhouse Rulez, the new horror comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

The day featured a packed schedule of activities, including the Monster Mash exhibition full of original prosthetics; the Body Art Zone, where artists create fantasy works; a main stage, with demos, discussions and seminars; an education stage, where visitors receive professional tips and tricks; plus a Portfolio Surgery for career advice.

Samantha Brown, Head of Conference Aston, said she was delighted to welcome the event for the fifth year in a row.

“We saw more visitors than ever before for this year’s sold-out event” she said. “It gets bigger and better every year and it’s a great event which demonstrates the flexibility and versatility of the larger event spaces here at Conference Aston and how they can work together to host the various lectures, workshops and exhibitions.”

Situated at the heart of Birmingham city centre on the Aston University campus, Conference Aston is one of the UK’s most accessible conference, event and exhibition venues, located just minutes from three mainline train stations, the M6, M5, M42 and Birmingham Airport.

For more information, visit www.conferenceaston.co.uk


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#ForeverForward Award: Migno does the Dunlop double.

Italian rider Andrea Migno was awarded the Dunlop #ForeverForward Trophy today after another epic season of racing that saw the 22 year old gain an incredible 132 positions over the course of the 19 race 2018 MotoGP calendar. 

The Award compares the overtaking performance of riders in the hard-fought Moto2 and Moto3 categories, both of which feature Dunlop as the Official Tyre. In difficult conditions in a wet Valencia finale, Migno battled past 14 other riders, revelling in the grip and traction of his Dunlop treaded tyres in unusually treacherous Spanish weather.

This strong performance prevented his closest challenger, Miguel Oliveira, from claiming the 2018 Trophy.  The MotoGP-bound Portuguese rider signed off his Moto2 career with a storming ride from 10th to victory to secure second place in the Dunlop rankings. 

Wim Van Achter, Dunlop Motorsport Manager, paid tribute to the competition in both championships: "Moto2 and Moto3 provide some of the closest racing in the world. For Andrea to win it twice is extraordinary and proves his skill and racecraft in such a closely contested category".

Oliveira's race win underlines the value of MotoGP's feeder classes where Dunlop is a technical partner to the 'Road to MotoGP' programme, providing tyres for the British, European and Asian Talent Cups as well as the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup series.  It was a graduate from the latter that stole the headlines on Sunday, with Can Oncu winning the Moto3 Grand Prix on his debut appearance in the category. The 15 year old Turkish rider was awarded his GP entry as a prize for winning the 2018 Red Bull Cup, and stunned the regular competitors by becoming the youngest ever winner of a World Championship Grand Prix.

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Dunlop’s winning road racing season to conclude with Macau Grand Prix

The Macau special administrative region of China is famous for its casinos. But it also renowned for high-speed action, with one of the most testing road circuits in the world hosting the Macau Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix may not be part of a championship, but many riders put the race on their ‘must-do’ list as it presents a challenge they don’t get anywhere else in the world. The 6.1km street circuit combines a flat out run beginning along the seafront, but concludes with a tortuous climb through Macau’s streets with hairpin bends and steep descents towards the final straight. Unlike a modern Grand Prix circuit, the barriers line the edge of the circuit leaving minimal margin for error. Precision, accuracy and bravery are key to success on the streets of the former Portuguese colony.

Riders have a choice of tyre manufacturers for this unique event, and a number of front runners have chosen Dunlop tyres.

Isle of Man Senior TT Winner Peter Hickman aims to finish a stellar season in style. He will be looking for his third Macau win and rides his familiar BMW S1000RR. His season has featured highlights such as a new outright lap record at the Isle of Man TT, his Senior TT win and victory at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Pat Walsh of Dunlop Motorsport said: “It may not be a round of a championship, but the road racing stars treat the Macau GP as a highlight of their season alongside the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster GP. It is demanding event and the nature of the circuit, with everyday street tarmac, high speed sections and acceleration zones that require optimal traction, make tyre choice critical. We are delighted that so many top riders have chosen Dunlop”

The teams will be supplied with Dunlop's KR106 Front and KR108 Rear tyres. Significantly, these are commercially available tyres meaning that trackday riders can access the same performance and technology at their local Dunlop dealer. 

Dunlop’s top riders include:

Pameo Racing BMW

Sam West

RC Express Kawasaki

Paul Jordan

Dominic Herbertson

PR Racing BMW

Dave Johnson

Smiths BMW

Peter Hickman

Penz13 BMW

Derek Sheils

MJR Racing BMW

Michael Sweeney

PCR Racing BMW

Phil Crowe

JGH Racing BMW

Rob Hodson

DM71 BMW

Davy Morgan

The race starts at 1555 local time on Saturday 17th November.

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Dunlop #ForeverForward title to be decided at Valencia MotoGP

The FIM Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Champions may have already been crowned, but there is still one Trophy to be claimed at the final 2018 MotoGP round in Valencia, Spain, this weekend.

The Dunlop #ForeverForward Award, now in its 4th year, is a prize for the rider who has made the most forward progress in the races across the season. The league table covers the Moto2™ and Moto3™ categories.

Last year, Andrea Migno was crowned as the Dunlop Forever Forward Champion after his epic season of overtaking moves during an intense year of racing. Migno followed in the tyre tracks of 2015 winner Philipp Oettl and 2016’s top overtaker, Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Five riders in contention

This season, there’s 5 riders in contention and one of them is Migno. The Italian Moto3™ rider once again heads the rankings with 118 places gained during the races, proving his exceptional racecraft. His impressive charge from 26th to 13th in last month’s Australian GP was only surpassed by his 28th to 11th ride in Thailand.

On equal points is Moto2™ race winner Miguel Oliveira. A few storming rides in midseason, including 17th to 2nd in Catalunya, promoted him to the top of the league table. However, if he maintains his recent improved form in qualifying it may make it harder for him to gain places at Valencia.

Dennis Foggia was on course to get to the top of the rankings, but his non-finish in Malaysia puts him 17 positions behind Oliveira and equal with fellow Moto3™charger Jakub Kornfeil. Some feel Kornfeil deserves additional points for his YouTube-trending leap at Le Mans, but the judges have declared the Dunlop #ForeverForward Award is scored on the number of positions gained, not the style of the overtake.

The fifth rider in contention is Moto2™ front runner Joan Mir, but he would need to start on the back row in Valencia and win the race, with the four riders above not making any forward progress.

Wim Van Achter, Motorsport Manager at Dunlop Motorcycle Tyres said: “The fact that 5 riders are still in contention shows that Moto2™ and Moto3™ provides some of the closest racing in the world. Dunlop are proud to be a long term partner to both championships and we chose to create this award to highlight the incredible amount of overtaking in these categories.”

1= Andrea Migno (Moto3) 118 points

1= Miguel Oliveira (Moto2) 118 points
3= Dennis Foggia (Moto3) 101 points
3= Jakub Kornfeil (Moto3) 101 points
5. Joan Mir (Moto2) 90 points

In the event of a tie, the Award is presented to the rider with the single largest place gain at a race during the year. 

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Tang Interiors appointed to deliver new offices for Hive360

A growing employment support company in Birmingham has moved into its impressive new offices on Hagley Road, after Tang Interiors delivered a lavish refurbishment in the space.

Hive360, which provides specialist HR, administrative and legislative support to business, has moved from Pinnacle House, Hagley Road, to a 1,500 sq ft office suite on the eighth floor of 54 Hagley Road.

Tang Interiors, responsible for project managing the refurbishment, undertook a Cat B strip out and fit out, comprising new partition walls, ceilings, lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), flooring and kitchens.

Hive360 also specified bespoke joinery, including feature walls and freestanding partitions, as part of the programme of works, which took six weeks to complete.

David McCormack, Managing Director for Hive360 Ltd, said: “We are a business committed to changing the shape of employee engagement in the UK and we wanted our ‘Hive’ -inspired office to provide our staff with an environment that allows them to perform to the best of their ability, to thrive and to enjoy every day they come into work. We think we have achieved that.

“Tang Interiors, along with our other two key suppliers - Flow Office Furniture and MFM IT Ltd - have collectively helped us to create the most inspiring and engaging office space in a prime location at 54 Hagley Road.  

“The whole team is overwhelmed by the design, quality and layout of our new offices, and we can’t wait to invite our clients in to enjoy it with us.”

Carl Hubbard, Director of Operations at Tang interiors, added: “Hive360 is a dynamic and growing Birmingham business and we worked closely with the team to ensure we designed a bespoke and stylish office environment in this landmark building.”

Tang Interiors provides turnkey fit out projects for the commercial, retail, restaurant and hospitality sectors; creating inspirational spaces for landlords, private companies and building consultancy teams.

For more information about Tang Interiors visit www.tanginteriors.com

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Colmore Tang helps generate new business for social enterprise

Steve Underwood (COO of CTC) with Jericho apprentices Callum and William, & Fraser Lewis ( Production Supervisor at the Jericho Foundation’s Wood Shack).jpg

The Jericho Foundation, a Birmingham-based social enterprise, has increased its capabilities and expanded its range of recycled wood products, after delivering its first large scale order for Colmore Tang Construction (CTC).

The Wood Shack based in Nechells, part of the Jericho Foundation, received its largest ever order in volume and price, when the construction firm approached them to build 82 rooftop planters for Kettleworks - the deluxe Jewellery Quarter development of 292 one- and two-bedroom apartments it is delivering for Seven Capital.

The income generated by the project has enabled The Wood Shack to buy new machinery for its workshop, including a circular saw which was purchased specially for the planters. It has also helped improve the enterprise’s operational processes, as well as creating interest from other businesses wanting similar builds and generating new orders.

The Wood Shack assigned four of its apprentices to the manufacture, which was overseen by Production Supervisor Fraser Lewis. It enabled the team to learn new skills and expand their understanding of bespoke carpentry, whilst still working to get the order delivered on time.

“This has been a challenging but rewarding order,” said Fraser. “The apprentices were exposed to commercial deadlines, design criteria and a more production line style of working. It has also had the added bonus of increasing the apprentice’s skill base, which is what we are all about.”

Callum, aged 18, is six months in to his 12-month apprenticeship at The Wood Shack. He said: “As this is my first full-time job I had no idea how big projects like this could be.

“The partnership with Colmore Tang has showed us what it’s like to work on a commercial project production line with a deadline to meet. It’s thanks to partnerships like this that more people are recognising the work that Jericho is doing in the community and what it means to be an apprentice with the foundation.”

18-year-old Will, who is nearing the end of his apprenticeship, added: “I love that our work makes a difference in the community but also that the foundation is helping people who might otherwise struggle to find employment secure jobs. It’s really fulfilling.”

Steve Underwood, C.O.O. of CTC, said he was delighted that its collaboration with Jericho Foundation had helped to raise awareness about the social enterprises work and capabilities, which had led to it gaining new projects.

“We’re thrilled with our new planters for Kettleworks which the new residents will be able to enjoy for years to come,” he said. “The apprentices and their supervisor have done an exceptional job and the fact this is has led to new business for Jericho is great news for ensuring its future success.”

The Wood Shack is one of seven social enterprises operated by the Jericho Foundation in Birmingham, whose aim to help people become skilled, fulfilled and employed. The Jericho Foundation is one of the few charities in the UK to work with survivors of modern slavery, providing them with real work experience and on-the-job training. Its mentors and job coaches offer personal support, guidance and training.

It is estimated that there are more than 13,000 individuals who are currently in modern slavery and that Birmingham and the West Midlands has the highest concentration of survivors, outside of London.  

Labour exploitation is the most recorded type of modern slavery. The construction sector accounts for approximately 10% of total employment in the UK and as such, is one of the industries identified as high risk for labour exploitation.

For more information about the Jericho Foundation visit www.jericho.org.uk.

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New Revolution Sportscar To Headline UK Sports Prototype Cup

The new UK Sports Prototype Cup will launch in 2019, a multi-marque racing environment for lightweight sports prototype cars.

Revolution Sports Car

The Cup will include the Series racing debut of the new for 2019 Revolution, an all-new track and sub £100k race car conceived by Phil Abbott, one of the co-founders of Radical Sportscars and most recently responsible for the Ligier JS P4.

Abbott’s new company Revolution Racecars appointed a design and engineering team including ex GM and Infiniti design head Simon Cox, and Pete Watts whose cv includes BAR F1, Bentley’s Le Mans programme and design engineering for Bugatti and McLaren.

The Revolution is a true two-seater and it is set to change the landscape for race and track driving enthusiasts the world over. It has been created by Revolution Racecars, an all new company with a wealth of experience in this field.
 
The Revolution is a lightweight, 675kg sportscar powered by a 300bhp dry-sump Ford 3.7-litre V6 engine. Its performance is matched with some of the lowest running costs, with 10,000 km or 100 hours between rebuilds. It is mated to a 3MO 6-speed gearbox utilising WRC technology to again provide reliability and ease of use. 
 
The German-built carbon tub features real space for two, with an LMP/ F1 style steering wheel that controls all major functions.
 
The Revolution will make its first public appearance at Silverstone 2-3 November at the Motorsport Days Live Show.

Calendar

The inaugural calendar is planned to feature some of the UK’s top circuits, including Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Donington Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton. The highlight of the provisional calendar is a support race to the European Le Mans Series at the demanding Autodromo Internacional Algarve.

The final calendar will be announced later this year, but generous track time and a variety of race lengths will be key features of the Cup.

This will include sprint races of around 25 minutes, and longer endurance style races featuring a compulsory pit-stop. These races will vary between 45 minutes and 1 hour – teams able to choose to enter two drivers.

Multi-Marque Structure and Premium Race Weekends

The UK Sports Prototype Cup will feature ‘races within the race’.

“Rather than trying to balance the performance of a variety of different cars, any class of more than eight cars will be promoted as its own event with the Cup. The Cup will be launched with two such categories, The Revolution UK Trophy and the Trophy for Radical SR3 cars.” said Series Promoter James Bailey.

Revolution and UK Sports Prototype Cup sign long term partnership

The UK Sports Prototype Cup and Revolution have a five year agreement to have a ‘Revolution UK Trophy’ as a promoted feature race within the Cup.

The new V6-powered Revolution will have its own dedicated class within the UK Sports Prototype Cup.

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The new UK Sports Prototype Cup will launch in 2019, a multi-marque racing environment for lightweight sports prototype cars.

Revolution Sports Car

The Cup will include the Series racing debut of the new for 2019 Revolution, an all-new track and sub £100k race car conceived by Phil Abbott, one of the co-founders of Radical Sportscars and most recently responsible for the Ligier JS P4.

Abbott’s new company Revolution Racecars appointed a design and engineering team including ex GM and Infiniti design head Simon Cox, and Pete Watts whose cv includes BAR F1, Bentley’s Le Mans programme and design engineering for Bugatti and McLaren.

The Revolution is a true two-seater and it is set to change the landscape for race and track driving enthusiasts the world over. It has been created by Revolution Racecars, an all new company with a wealth of experience in this field.
 
The Revolution is a lightweight, 675kg sportscar powered by a 300bhp dry-sump Ford 3.7-litre V6 engine. Its performance is matched with some of the lowest running costs, with 10,000 km or 100 hours between rebuilds. It is mated to a 3MO 6-speed gearbox utilising WRC technology to again provide reliability and ease of use. 
 
The German-built carbon tub features real space for two, with an LMP/ F1 style steering wheel that controls all major functions.
 
The Revolution will make its first public appearance at Silverstone 2-3 November at the Motorsport Days Live Show.

Calendar

The inaugural calendar is planned to feature some of the UK’s top circuits, including Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Donington Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton. The highlight of the provisional calendar is a support race to the European Le Mans Series at the demanding Autodromo Internacional Algarve.

The final calendar will be announced later this year, but generous track time and a variety of race lengths will be key features of the Cup.

This will include sprint races of around 25 minutes, and longer endurance style races featuring a compulsory pit-stop. These races will vary between 45 minutes and 1 hour – teams able to choose to enter two drivers.

Multi-Marque Structure and Premium Race Weekends

The UK Sports Prototype Cup will feature ‘races within the race’.

“Rather than trying to balance the performance of a variety of different cars, any class of more than eight cars will be promoted as its own event with the Cup. The Cup will be launched with two such categories, The Revolution UK Trophy and the Trophy for Radical SR3 cars.” said Series Promoter James Bailey.

Revolution and UK Sports Prototype Cup sign long term partnership

The UK Sports Prototype Cup and Revolution have a five year agreement to have a ‘Revolution UK Trophy’ as a promoted feature race within the Cup.

The new V6-powered Revolution will have its own dedicated class within the UK Sports Prototype Cup.

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“When we started planning the UK Sports Prototype Cup, we had considerable interest from teams and drivers who own Radical SR3 cars. They told us that the service level of Dunlop’s experienced Le Mans technical team and the welcoming ‘family atmosphere’ we aim to create were attractive selling points for them” added Bailey.

Experienced Promotion and Coordination Team

The Cup will be promoted by Pitbox91 who are developing a programme of events with the British Automobile Racing Club.

Pitbox91 is managed by ex Dunlop executive James Bailey who also created the Dunlop Great and British Festivals and Race Academy, which were a feature of UK race calendars between 2006 and 2010.

Sunoco 240 Challenge Qualifying Event

The UK Sports Prototype Cup will also be a qualifying event for the Sunoco 240 Challenge. Drivers meeting the Sunoco 240 Challenge criteria and entering a full season have the opportunity to compete for a place in a GT4 car in the 240-minute endurance race on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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Chelsea Pensioners learn all about Maple Hayes Dyslexia School during visit

A group of Chelsea Pensioners visited Maple Hayes Dyslexia School in Lichfield recently, after pupils wrote letters inviting them to come for a tour.

The scarlet-coated veterans made the 135-mile trip from their home at The Royal Hospital Chelsea to meet with year 6s and year 7s at the specialist school, before heading to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

The visit was organised after the children read Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Billy the Kid’ during their English lessons, following which they penned letters to the Pensioners.

“Billy the Kid is a story told through the eyes of an 80-year-old Chelsea Pensioner looking back on his life,” explained Mrs Rhodes, English teacher at Maple Hayes. “As part of our lessons we looked at the non-fiction side of the story, and the pupils learnt all about The Royal Hospital Chelsea and who the Chelsea Pensioners are.”

Famous for their iconic scarlet uniforms, the Chelsea Pensioners date their history back to more than 325 years ago and the reign of King Charles II. Any ex-soldier of the British Army who is over the age of 65 and has no financial dependents can apply to live at The Royal Hospital Chelsea.

“The children were very excited to know that the Chelsea Pensioners had actually read their letters and wanted to visit,” continued Mrs Rhodes. “Knowing that their words had an impact on such important people is a huge boost for the pupils and hopefully it will encourage them to read and write more.”

Upon arrival the 11 Chelsea Pensioners enjoyed a cup of tea and biscuits with the pupils before taking a tour of Maple Hayes and later sitting down for lunch with the youngsters.

They heard about the school’s unique approach to teaching literacy to dyslexic children, called the ‘morphological approach’, which involves using icons to make a visual link between meaning and spelling instead of using phonics.

Dennis Morgan (71), who served for 23 years in the Royal Corps of Signals, said he was very impressed by the school’s approach to teaching its dyslexic pupils.

“We get invited to visit a lot of schools and it’s always good to see the younger generation and also to see the progress being made in our education system,” he said. “The teaching standard at Maple Hayes appears to be very high - it’s an impressive place.”

Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher at Maple Hayes, said: “It’s not every day you have the honour of welcoming the Chelsea Pensioners for lunch so we were delighted when they accepted our pupils’ invitation to visit the school.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Chelsea Pensioners and we were thrilled to accompany them to the National Memorial Arboretum. We’d like to thank the Royal Hospital Chelsea once again for taking the time to organise the visit.”


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