King's Speech hope for special school in Hurst Green

A school in Surrey for children with language difficulties has said it hopes The King's Speech film will help raise awareness of the problem.

The late Queen Mother, wife of King George VI, was a patron of Moor House School in Hurst Green.

One pupil was moved to tears by Colin Firth's performance in the story of the king's battle to overcome a stammer.

"He said it was the story of his life and the challenges he had faced," said Tom Robson's father, Nigel.

Pupils at the residential special school have been to see the award-winning film, which was nominated for 12 Oscars on Tuesday.

It has already been nominated for 14 Baftas.

"The children loved the film and many of them could relate to it," said speech and language therapist Becky Clark.

She said despite being as common as dyslexia and seven times more common that autism, many people had no knowledge of language impairment such as that suffered by King George VI.

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