Report by Charlotte Richardson , chief reporter
Saturday, September 15, 2012
tycoon Richard Branson has become the inspiration for thousands of students set to use a new £1.4million facility.
Priory Community School is building the Sir Richard Branson Centre to inspire thousands of students to achieve their dreams.
The Worle academy has officially named its support-to-learn centre after the self-made multi-millionaire because of his incredible business successes despite having dyslexia and poor academic performance as a child.
The new state-of-the-art centre will be completed at the Queensway site in March, but is already open while new rooms are built and developed.
Priory Community School’s free school meals students are achieving UK-record-breaking results at the moment.
Principal Neville Coles said: “Sir Richard Branson is one of Britain’s biggest success figures of the past 50 years and living proof that children can overcome difficulties to achieve outstanding success in life.
“This new centre will help thousands over the years and we are delighted to name it after such a successful figure.
“We want all our students to dare to dream big, and to believe that all things are possible.”
The £1.4million came about through a direct grant from the Government.
Other people mentioned on Priory’s ‘list of inspirational figures’ at the centre will include Sir Winston Churchill, who had a speech impediment, Albert Einstein, who had learning difficulties, and singer Joss Stone, who has dyslexia.