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Not just a special school but a specialist school whose aim is to prevent dyslexia being a bar to reaching full potential. National curriculum followed with the exception of MFL which is seen as an added pressure. USP is the school’s morphological approach to teaching literacy, developed over 45 years ago by Dr Neville. Firmly opposed to the use of phonics for teaching literacy to…

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Principal since 1982, Dr Neville Brown (unbelievably, in his 80s) who runs the school with his son, Dr Daryl Brown (50s) who is now Co-Principal

Smartly dressed with navy blazer and polished shoes, Dr Neville may be a bit slower on foot than when he founded the school with his wife (still the bursar) back in his 40s but he’s as eloquent, involved and on the ball as ever. As popular with the pupils too – ‘Hello, sir!’ they all say cheerily as they walk past. ‘I always wave at them in class and you should too,’ he told us as we toured – ‘most of them felt alienated in their previous schools, they need to be greeted with smiles here.’ We were greeted by the offer of a glass of...

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Maple Hayes School is an independent special school providing for day and residential pupils from seven to seventeen years who have dyslexia. Most pupils have statements of special educational needs. Residential pupils are mainly weekly boarders though some are termly.

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