Celebrating Neurodiversity at OHS

25 March 2021

Here at OHS, we are proud of the diversity of the school and we welcome every chance to celebrate the wonderfully varied qualities of our school community.

Last week, students and staff will have noticed the countless posters displayed at every corner of the school. In honour of Neurodiversity Celebration Week, our brilliant Learning Support Department, with the help of our Diversity Prefects, have been enthusiastically spreading the word about neurodiversity through a poster campaign. These posters highlighted various high-profile people, from all sorts of industries, and their experiences of being neurodivergent, as well as listing positive traits associated with autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, and dyslexia.

Of course, it’s important to celebrate neurodiversity all year round, not just in one week. Oxford High is committed to learning more about neurodiversity and cherishing the neurodivergent students among us for all the wonderful attributes and talents with which they enrich us. Earlier this week, Year 12 students Emma, Rahaf, and Alice spoke in our Year 7 assembly about their experiences with dyslexia and autism, and the support they have received from OHS. It was wonderful to hear their discussion about the positive aspects of being neurodivergent and we truly appreciate the advice they shared.

Moreover, Rahaf will be starting up a Neurodiversity Club next term, where neurodivergent students can share their expertise and experiences, educating those who would like to know more about neurodiversity. This will be launched next term and it is open (virtually) to all year groups.

Neurodiversity is about recognising that we don’t all learn the same way. Everyone’s brain is wired differently and we all have our own unique way of thinking and experiencing the world. A huge thank you to our Learning Support Department who are ever so dedicated in ensuring our neurodivergent students thrive and reach their potential.

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