A DYSLEXIC student has proved anyone can achieve anything in life by coming back to present an award to like-minded students who have fought their way through the education system. 

Jack Harley-Walsh from Ascot described himself as an 'educational trainwreck' as he fought his way through being rejected by 29 schools before securing his dream of attending university at Trinity St Davids.

Attendees were invited to the British Dyslexia Association Gala on Friday, November 30 at Drapers Hall in London where Jack presented prizes alongiside Anthea Turner to commemorate those who make a difference to people with dyslexia. 

The 19-year-old said: "Dyslexics are needlessly having to prove their resilience at school because the antiquated system of education still does not know how to provide for educational differences.

"Educationally, dyslexia and dyscalculia should only be as unusual as having different coloured eyes."

The Ascot resident has dyslexia and dyscalculia, a combination that makes reading, writing and numeracy based learning particularly difficult.

Anthea Turner previously presented Jack with an award three years ago when he was battling to secure a secondary school place.

The pair came together to present the St Davids College Cadogan Resilience award to Jonathan Middleditch, a student from Surrey who was picked because of his resilience throughout his education. 

Jack said: "Anthea is really lovely, good fun and a terrific advocate for us dyslexics."

Because of his educational needs, Jack faced an even bigger hurdle of getting into school, with 29 secondary schools across Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey rejecting him.

However, his persistence secured him a place to study automotive engineering at Trinity St Davids University.

He added: "We are a large minority of one in six. Our difference is our resilience in fighting through an education system that doesn't teach the way we all learn. The system needs to change."

Jack is an advocate for improving educatonal needs and believes the education system needs to 'adapt' for people with dyslexia. 

The 19-year-old said: "If you're disheartened by your English and maths grades, dont be. It is constantly made out that these subjects are the key to success, if that were true I'd be a millionare as I own a calculator and a phone which has dictation software. Don't let others judge you by your spelling and algebra."