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Always known for the close relationship between staff and pupils, its slightly informal atmosphere compared to some London schools feels comfortable rather than chaotic. Rehearsals for Bugsy Malone were in full swing all over the school and the excitement was palpable, with about a third of the school involved either on stage, behind it or in the orchestra pit. We found that parents were taking a pragmatic attitude...

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Portland Place School is an independent school for boys and girls aged between 10 – 16 years, located in the heart of central London.
As a school we have always been renowned as a small, nurturing and relaxed place; a wonderful happy alternative to the highly pressurised, exam-orientated London schools.
We believe that exceptional teaching, combined with a modern curriculum inside and outside the classroom, provides the best stimulus for children to become inquisitive, open-minded and creative learners and achieve beyond exams.
We cater for a wide range of abilities and learning styles, achieving strong results at GCSE. At Portland Place School we focus on best preparing our students for any path they wish to take, inclusive of A-level courses, BTEC, Foundation courses and apprenticeships.
More importantly, our students come to school with a smile and are proud to be part of the Portland Place School community.
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Since 2017, David Bradbury, 50, BSc MSc PGCE (all from Keele) plus an MA in education from the Open University. A Yorkshireman who came to teaching by accident but is not regretting it over 25 years later. He describes his time teaching in Bangkok as ‘an incredible experience of living and working in a wholly different culture’ and once back in the UK, rose through the teaching ranks to be assistant head at Alleyne’s High School and deputy head of South Hampstead High before speedily saying yes to the headship of Portland Place.

On meeting him, it was easy to understand why he had told us that he ‘immediately felt at home here’ because he fits both comfortably and confidently into his role, answering all our questions in a relaxed,...

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Special Education Needs

Pupils with special needs come from a wide range of backgrounds and their needs are usually catered for within their own classes. Extra support is provided by teachers on an indivdual basis where required. These sessions are normally timetabled to coincide with one of the daily sports sessions. Pupils' needs are managed by the school's Manager of Special Educational Needs. Pupils who need short term support in EAL attend small groups (4-6 pupils) during one of the daily PE slots or second modern language class. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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