Student Gets 'Perfect' A-Level Results Despite Not Being Able To Read Or Write | TOTUM
Holly BarrowSeptember 11th
2022

A student with severe dyslexia has defied all odds by achieving an incredible A*AA in his A-Level results despite being unable to read or write.

Oliver Chadwick managed to secure a spot at the University of Bristol where he will be studying an engineering mathematics degree after achieving the 'perfect' results despite the obstacles he faced.

The 18-year-old from Bath has the reading age of a six-year-old due to his dyslexia, but his mum Sophie says his 'hard work' and 'decision not to let his dyslexia limit him' has seen the teen flourish.

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Speaking to Somerset Live, Sophie explained: "A lot of his success is down to him being an incredibly hard worker and his decision not to let his dyslexia limit him.

"At each stage of Oliver's education, there have been new challenges, but he has overcome all of them. He has always had a lot of nay-sayers but he has always proved them wrong."

Oliver's mum went on to note that experts had told her he was one of the most dyslexic people they had come across, with the teen allegedly being advised to stop reading and writing lessons with the Dyslexia Association as he wasn't progressing.

Despite this, Oliver worked alongside the help of the Ralph Allen School to learn via listening and having a teaching assistant to support him, with this determination paying off.

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"My dyslexia affects me quite a lot, but also surprisingly little if you think about it," Oliver said.

"When people hear that you can’t read or write, they think you can’t do anything, but it only really affects me day-to-day when I can’t read things like signs."

"There is no point in stressing. I always feel quite chilled because there could always be something you've forgotten, but you have to accept that and move on," he added.

At university, he is due to receive study skills support, a postgraduate mentor, and a peer mentor to help him throughout his studies.

In the UK, around 10% of the popular has dyslexia - which is described as a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. According to the British Dyslexia Association, one in six adults has the reading level of an 11-year-old.

The Gov UK's website states that people with dyslexia often have other conditions, including dyscalculia (difficulties with numbers), ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Without appropriate support, it can result in low self-esteem, behaviour problems, anxiety, aggression, and withdrawal from friends, parents and teachers.

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