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A small, close-knit school with a nurturing environment, it’s ideal for youngsters who might be daunted by larger, pushier schools. The head recalls a year 11 boy who progressed to the sixth form of one of London’s top academic schools. ‘When he joined us in year 7 he wouldn’t have been emotionally ready for the school he’s at now,’ he says. ‘But after five years with us he is thriving there...’

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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. Educated at Campsmount School (now Campsmount Academy) in South Yorkshire and Keele University, where he read physics and then did an MSc. His first experience of teaching was as a part-time lecturer in physics and maths at a further education college in Newcastle-under-Lyme – he enjoyed it so much that he headed back to Keele to do his PGCE. His first post took him to Chase Terrace Academy in Staffordshire, followed by a three-year stint teaching science at Bangkok Patana School, an all-through British international school in Thailand. Back in the UK, he rose through the ranks to become assistant head at Alleyne’s Academy in Staffordshire and then deputy head academic at South Hampstead High School GDST for seven years.

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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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