A YOUNG Fiddington student with dyslexia has been showing off her achievements after she demonstrated "outstanding" progress in her reading and spelling skills.

Jessica Norrell-Goldsmith, 16, has been studying hard to improve her reading and writing ability, and recently was rewarded with recognition after she improved by two years in just 33 lessons.

Manager of the North Petherton branch of Dyslexia Clinic Somerset - the organisation that gives dyslexic people the chance to improve their skills - Alison Woolacott said Jessica is a great example of how the charity can improve people's lives.

She said: "Jessica has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few months. It is very impressive to improve your skills by two years in such a short space of time and it's a great achievement."

She added that different pupils progress at different rates, but Jessica deserves a big "pat on the back" and can look forward to a brighter future.

"One of the main things dyslexic people struggle with is a lack of self confidence," she said. "That is why it is so rewarding to be able to improve the quality of life - and that is what we try to work towards."

Jessica's mum, Cherylyn said: "It is such a mammoth achievement, and goes to show you get out what you put in.

"She is now doing really well at Cannington College, and she is a different person since she started at the centre a year ago."

Clinic owner, Gail Burt echoed Alison's thoughts, she said: "Jessica has worked so hard to achieve what she has, she has put so much effort in and we are all so proud of her."

The Dyslexia Clinic has been given another boost as it was announced that a charity aimed at helping dyslexic children - PROWDS - has agreed to part fund prospective students depending on the criteria they fit into.

There will also be fast-track assessments available for anyone who would like to be assessed. Staff can now review your case inside half an hour and determine what's best for each individual.

For more information contact Gail at the Dyslexia Clinic on 01823-698038, or Alison in North Petherton on 01278-663263.