Jim Ryan, Head of Year 11 and Specialist Dyslexia Teacher


Wolverhampton Grammar School
Compton Road
West Midlands

01902 421326

  • BEd (Hons) Biology and PE (Crewe and Alsager College).
  • MEd Literacy Development (Open University).
  • AMBDA – Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association.
  • Member of PATOSSProfessional Association for teachers and assessors of students with Specific Learning Difficulties.
  • SpLD APC – Specific Learning Difficulties Assessment Practising Certificate.

Jim’s main teaching role is with students with SpLD (Dyslexia) working within our nationally acclaimed specialist dyslexia unit (OpAL).

As a Head of Year Jim aims to support the well-being and academic progress of all students in Year 11 working with a team of highly committed tutors.

As Head of Rugby Jim encourages students of all ages to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle with the opportunity for competitive and social interaction with students at other schools.

Jim has a particular interest in the emotional well-being of students and the development of learning skills to enable all students to achieve at their potential.

Jim has conducted research and further studies concerned with literacy development and with the identification of SpLD in students in all spheres of education and has led a number of training courses concerned with this both at WGS and at other schools.

In addition to his main roles, Jim has been actively involved with DofE at all levels for a number of years as a group leader, Field Officer and Assessor and has led a Gold Expedition to the Tatra Mountains in Poland.

He has also been actively involved with fund-raising for Uganda following a 2 week trip accompanying students to visit our partner schools and projects there.

Jim has also accompanied school ski trips to Austria and organised a number rugby tours in and out of the UK for WGS students.

Jim’s has taught in a variety of mainstream and special education schools as a subject teacher, SENCo and Head of Faculty.

Outside of school Jim has been called upon by a number of Universities and schools to support and advise with their identification, training and support of students with SpLD.

Jim has taught at WGS since 2004, predominantly in the OpAL Department but he has also taught some Biology and Games with all year groups.

“I was fortunate enough to know some of the staff and of the school before applying for a post at WGS, as my wife was already teaching here.

For me the thing that makes for WGS being a special place are two-fold. Firstly, the expertise and comradery of its staff and secondly the positive relationships built with the student body and parents. Everyone is approachable and yet an expert in their field. Certainly my four children, who studied very successfully at WGS, have benefitted greatly from this unique school.”

Jim lives in Wolverhampton with his wife Maria, also a former teacher at the school, and his four children.
He is a keen apiarist, enjoys keeping fit, hill and mountain walking, organic gardening and growing the best grapes in Wolverhampton – from which he makes white, red and sparkling wine

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