Welcome to Portfield School

Celebrating individuality

Ofsted Report

Headteacher’s Welcome

Mission Statement

To enable every autistic student to achieve their full potential

Values

  • Respect
  • Challenge
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork

Welcome to Portfield School, an exceptional, specialist autism school where the individuality and strengths of every student are celebrated and nurtured.

I am so proud to be the Headteacher of such a unique and wonderful school, that is centred around the fulfilment of dreams for all of our students. We are ambitious and deeply committed to ensuring that they have a rich and creative school life; leaving school well-prepared to enjoy a fulfilling and successful future.

Regardless of age or development stage, the pursuit of happiness and students achieving their full potential shapes the curriculum that is offered at Portfield School.

Who we are

Portfield School is exceptional due to the staff team that support our students. It is their dedication, hard work, perseverance, and high expectations that allows the students to thrive and achieve. All staff demonstrate high levels of compassion and understanding that brings out the best in every student. Our flexible approach supports students with their additional needs whilst creating an individual pathway that challenges and supports them to be the best that they can be.

Our skilled team of teachers, teaching assistants and therapists work collaboratively to design a personalised learning programme, tailored to the needs, strengths and interests of every student.

Partnership working is central to the success of our students; we are committed to working with our families to support the progress and wellbeing of their child. Families have regular contact with the team at Portfield School who offer high levels of support and advice.

What we do

At Portfield School we are proud of a truly unique curriculum design, which is flexible, creative and tailored to the individual. The curriculum offer is holistic and enables the self-confidence, resilience and self-advocacy of the students to bloom as well as allowing the individual to achieve accredited qualifications. In addition to academic achievement, we build emotional wellbeing and resilience and develop the students’ social and independence skills.

Our holistic curriculum includes not only education, but also therapy, the development of skills for life, independence, and a focus on accessing the world of work through a highly tailored work experience programme.

At Portfield School, respect and equity underpin everything we do. We recognise the amazing attributes that each of our students have, and we support their continual development to enable everyone to thrive. Our students are encouraged to take on new challenges, engage in appropriate risk taking and apply the skills they have learnt to their whole lives.

Most importantly, we inspire our students, finding creative ways to navigate challenges and ensuring that they have the skills to be independent adults who can make meaningful choices and take an active role within their community.

Let us show you what we do – come and visit us at Portfield School!

Jemma Headmistress

Hear from our students

Key information

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Term Dates

Summer Term 2022: Monday 25th April - 28th July

  • Half Term Break: 30th May - 10th June

Inset Days

  • Friday 10th June 2022

Bank Holidays

  • Thursday 2nd June 2022: Spring Bank Holiday
  • Friday 29th July 2022: Platinum Jubilee
  • Monday 29th August 2022: Summer Bank Holiday
  • Monday 26th December: Christmas Day
  • Tuesday 27th December: Boxing Day

Autumn Term 2022: Thursday 1st September - Friday 17th December 2022

  • INSET DAY: 1st - 2nd September 2022
  • Whole School Back: Monday 5th September 2022
  • Half Term: 24th October - 4th November 2022
  • Christmas Holiday: 19th December 2022 - 2nd January 2023
  • Whole School Back: Tuesday 3rd January 2023
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Contact us

Address: Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP.

You can call us on: 01202 573808

Hours: 08:30 - 16:00

You can also arrange a visit with us by clicking on the contact us section in the dropdown menu.

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Admissions process

To be eligible for a place at Portfield School children require a diagnosis of autism and an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) produced by a local authority. All places at Portfield School are commissioned by the local authority where the child is resident.

Any approach to apply for a place should be discussed with your local authority case worker.

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