I'm severely dyslexic with a reading age of six but I'm off to uni after getting straight As at A-level | The Sun
15th September 2022

A STUDENT with a reading age of six is starting university after scoring top grades at A-level.

Severely dyslexic Oliver Chadwick, 18, secured straight As in maths, further maths and chemistry with the aid of specialist tech and support staff.

He 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.”

His dyslexia was first noticed at junior school and mum Sophie arranged for additional lessons.

Two experts said Oliver was one of the most profoundly dyslexic people they had encountered.

But he said: “I never felt stupid, I just knew that reading was something I couldn’t do and there was no point getting upset about it.”


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He pushed on with his studies at Ralph Allen School in Bath with support in class, a special pen that reads printed text and was able to dictate answers for his exams.

Oliver is now going to read engineering mathematics at Bristol University.

Mum Sophie, 54, added: “The support’s been phenomenal.”

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