Muhammad* has dyslexia and came to live and learn at Priory Education and Children’s Services’ Mark College in 2014 at the age of 15. As a student from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad’s parents wanted him to study in a Specialist Educational Needs (SEN) school in England where dyslexia was understood and his needs were met.
Muhammad’s family discovered Priory Education and Children’s Services through a local international agent who recommended Mark College in Somerset with it being one of the UK’s premier international colleges for specific learning difficulties associated with dyslexia and language disorders.
The referral process
The referral process included Skype calls between the school, Muhammad and his family, as well as a face-to-face meeting at Mark College where they received a site tour and met with the Principal and other members of staff.
Muhammad was also invited to attend the school for a trial period of three days which further re-assured his parents that he was at the right school and enabled the staff to develop a detailed plan outlining the level of support and therapies Muhammad required.
Due to Priory Education and Children’s Services having a trusted relationship with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and a well-established senior immigration lawyer, Muhammad was able to move from his native country to Mark College without any issues.
Achieving positive outcomes
Whilst in Saudi Arabia, Muhammad always wanted to succeed at school but struggled with exams due to his dyslexia and not receiving the correct support. To overcome this, Mark College provided the right teaching techniques and environments which helped to develop Muhammad’s confidence, as well as specialist support including a dedicated reader and extended time to complete national curriculum exams.
Muhammad also excelled in a variety of sports provided by Mark College and was even nominated for the prestigious national ‘young achievers award’ by the Dallaglio Foundation. Both Muhammad and staff regularly kept his parents updated on his achievements and progress via Skype, emails and regular phone calls.
Since leaving Mark College last year, Muhammad has gone on to study Level 2 engineering at Oxford Tutorial College where he continues his educational and social development. Without the support of Mark College, this would not have been possible.
*Name changed to protect identity