AN ASCOT teenager, who suffers from severe dyslexia and dyscalculia, is set to feature on an ITV documentary as film crews captured the moment his opened his GCSE results.
Jack Harley-Walsh, 16, who hit the headlines when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro aged just 10 to raise cash for local charities, has such bad learning disabilities he was rejected by 30 schools before he was finally accepted to St Davids College in Wales.
The conditions means he struggles with reading and writing, and with numbers.
He said: "I just wanted the results to make me feel proud of myself and for my teachers to be rewarded. I've now got a big smile and lots of goosebumps!
"I was a bit nervous for the camera but I'm not embarrassed about my dyslexia and dyscalculia even though I struggle to write and it might encourage other children and adults to get help. When I started secondary school I had a reading age of under seven and no maths skills so I am really proud of my results.
"It's been tough living away from home to get this education but it is what I needed if I wanted to become an engineer and fly for the RAF."
He said he had been "focused for two years on trying to get four grade Cs."
He added that the result he was most pleased with was the C he achieved in English and his best result was the A he gained in design and technology and the A* he earned for a subject project.
In July, he found out that his project had been selected for the final 20 places in the GCSE Innovations Awards show.
ITV previously featured a documentary on Jack in May highlighting the educational challenges he faces and the benefits of the right type of education that enabled him to sit his GCSEs and pass all seven.
The British Dyslexia Association based in Bracknell have now asked Jack for support in launching their nationwide helpline appeal for children and adults.
He said: "I was the educational train wreck, no school wanted me, no teacher could teach me, even I didn't want to be me. I just couldn't learn the way most schools taught.
"I know how lucky I am to have this much support from school so I don't use dyslexia as an excuse I work with it and I have learned to have belief in myself.
"I want to encourage other kids to feel the same. I never thought I would be able to tell you that I am looking forward to going back to school and getting on with my A level studies."
The documentary is still being filmed but is provisionally due to hit our screens in October.