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Anthea and Jack join forces to celebrate dyslexia

TV presenter Anthea Turner and former SDC pupil Jack Harley-Walsh are set present an award on behalf of the school at a glittering awards ceremony this evening.

The British Dyslexia Association is having its Gala Awards dinner at the historic venue of Drapers’ Hall, in London. Set in the city dating back to 1530, Drapers’ Hall is a popular film location, including films such as The King’s Speech.

For the first time the school has sponsored the St David’s College Cadogan Award through the BDA for a young person who has shown resilience through a challenging educational journey due to dyslexia. Jack Harley-Walsh will be presenting the award on behalf of St David’s College as he is a role model for resilience and both a Blue Peter Badge Ward winner and a BDA Dyslexia Young Person’s Award winner three years ago. He will be co-presenting with Anthea Turner, both a dyslexic and former Blue Peter presenter.

Congratulations to this year’s award winner Jonathan Middelditch, a pupil at Moor House School, in Oxted, in Surrey.

This is his inspiring story: “At the age of 10, Jonathan was assessed as having severe dyslexia, a complex speech and language impairment, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. The quality and depth of the assessments Jonathan received acted as a vital stepping stone for him and his family, helping them to understand his needs.

“They were also pivotal in securing Jonathan the educational provision he desperately required. It was Jonathan’s school, Moor House School and College, that provided the key for harnessing Jonathan’s “unwavering determination” to learn. He started Moor House on P-scales and he left last year with an array of nationally recognised qualifications. The man Jonathan has become is a world away from the 10-year-old boy who started at Moor House all those years ago. Now he is not only determined to succeed but confident that he can. Today, he is embarking upon an engineering qualification at a mainstream college with good humour and a good dollop of that “unwavering determination.”

This nomination and recognition is proof to all the young dyslexics

Jonathan Middelditch, set to be the first recepient of the new St David’s College Cadogan Award.

that hard work and determination really do pay off. When you get the right support and provision, you can fly.

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