"Embracing Neurodiversity: A Week of Celebration and Learning"
St. Andrew's recently celebrated a week of Neurodiversity where pupils, staff and parents were lucky enough to hear from a variety of visiting experts. Starting with an informative and insightful lecture hosted by Specialist Teacher and Dyslexia Assessor, Kim Wyrley-Birch, we learnt about Kim's journey supporting those with dyslexia.
A few days later, last year's Head Girl, Amelie, now at Bradfield College, kindly returned to St Andrew's to talk about her personal experiences being neurodiverse.
OSA (Old St Andrew's Pupil) Amelie, was joined by Charlie Harris, a fellow OSA, and now PhD student for AI in medicine at Cambridge University, who after sharing his experience of having dyslexia, was asked by a pupil for one top tip, and said: "Be confident!"
Throughout the week, presentations and talks were also given by our pupils, and the Learning Support (LS) Department, and our Library displayed a variety of fiction and non-fiction books featuring neurodiverse characters.
The week sparked conversations and initiated a sense of celebration in being different thinkers, and some of our Year 8 pupils have offered to return to St Andrew's after they leave to share their own stories.
Head of Learning Support, Mrs Tanya Le Roux, commented, "It's heart-warming to witness the open discussions and realisation amongst pupils that our School and community need and value the skills of neurodiverse people."
Neurodiversity Week was a huge success, and has encouraged St Andrew's pupils to embrace and celebrate their differences.