Pupils with difficulties learning

Pupils who come to us have had great difficulty in learning their letter sounds, in splitting up the oral word into syllables and the syllables into their component sounds or ‘phonemes’, and in getting these sounds and their letters in the right order when spelling words. These problems are very common in younger children. The dyslexic child has extreme difficulties in learning to read and write by phonics and these difficulties persist beyond the age of 7 or 8


How we help

We specialise in teaching methods which lead away from a dyslexic's area of weakness and build on their strengths with a range of targeted teaching strategies which do not involve phonics or multi-sensory methods. We provide a good all-round education without the stigma of withdrawal to a special unit and our youngsters compete well in the Midland and National Independent School sports championships. Pupils generally come to Maple Hayes around the age of 10 or younger so that we have the opportunity to improve their literacy and to enable them to take a range of GCSE’s commensurate with their intellectual ability. Our Ofsted report says “ the school’s approach to teaching dyslexic pupils to read, write and spell is very effective. Pupils make great gains in reading accuracy, fluency and spelling. They also write very legibly in a good cursive style. All this means that across the curriculum the quality of presentation of their work is excellent and that their literacy skills support their learning in other subjects”.


Raise pupils’ self-esteem, self-confidence and expectation of academic success by giving them a fresh start in the acquisition of literacy.

Enable pupils to become independent, pro-active learners so that they may compete with their intellectual peers in the education system.

Nurture pupils in a caring school community where each individual feels valued and included, and participates within an ethos of tolerance and mutual respect rooted in Christian values.

We aspire to