West Kirby School and College awarded British Dyslexia Association accreditation


West Kirby School and College have achieved the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark, awarded by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) – becoming one of only two schools in Wirral to hold the accreditation.

It is only issued to those schools or organisations who, after a rigorous verification process, demonstrate that they provide high-quality educational experiences for Dyslexic individuals.

Claudia Cotton, BDA Accreditor, said in her report that the school is “unrelenting in ensuring the right provision is put in place to enable all learners to thrive“.

The school’s Learning Support Manager and award lead, Tricia Abernethy, said: “West Kirby School and College look to transform challenges into triumphs, and differences into strengths.

“Having the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark is our commitment to empowering every learner and creating a supportive environment where all pupils can thrive.”

Matthew, a Year 7 pupil, said: “I have dyslexia and I have struggled with reading and writing in the past, but in school they are great with support and I have a laptop to help me with this now. I feel more confident in my writing in class.”

Dan Flanagan, Deputy Headteacher and Head of Primary, said: “It has been amazing to receive the Dyslexia Quality Mark, a fantastic reflection of the hard work that staff put in every day to support our pupils’ diverse needs.

“The strategies and interventions put in place for our pupils with Dyslexia not only support them to make accelerated progress but help develop the literacy skills of all pupils.”

Top photo (L-R): Louise Russell, School Librarian, Patricia Abernethy, Learning Support Manager with Year 7 pupils.