Imagine Cath Kidston sharing design ideas with you in Textiles, doing a role-play with Keira Knightley in Drama, swopping ideas with children’s author Louise Arnold, or co-writing and performing your songs with Paloma Faith in Music.
These famous and successful professional women all have dyslexia. Hard on their heels, the next generation of creative talents is here at Burgess Hill Girls right now.
This doesn’t mean that everyone with dyslexia is the same, or that all girls with dyslexia are talented at creative arts: they are just as likely to be talented at Maths and Sciences (Einstein, the great mathematician, had difficulty reciting the months of the year).
Our students with Specific Learning Difficulties have gone on to study Medicine, Accounting, Sports, Drama, Art and Law – and at top universities too.
Whilst studying here, students with dyslexia have also won national awards in their chosen field. The achievements of Burgess Hill students with learning difficulties and the support offered to them were recently described as ‘excellent’ by the ISI inspection team.
Most of this support goes on in the classroom. Subject teachers are kept up to date on individual needs and strategies and join in weekly briefings to review how students with specific difficulties are getting on. We can also arrange additional individual or small group support where required.
Key to our students’ success is the school’s relationship with home. We welcome parental visits to share ideas, address concerns and celebrate successes. We also hold Information Evenings and events for parents of students with specific needs.