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Small, nurturing and refreshingly relaxed. Definitely an informal feel to the place. Although not quite on first name terms with teachers, one can sense an equality in the relationships not seen in more traditional establishments. Good use of sixth form mentors for years 7 and 8 – really fosters inter-age group understanding and friendships, especially helpful in so small a school. A broader band of ability than in most of the fiercely competitive London day schools – something the school takes pride in and, together with its…

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Graphics) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since April 2017, David Bradbury, previously deputy head of South Hampstead High. BSc in physics, MSc and PGCE, all from Keele, plus an MA in education from the Open University. Physics co-ordinator at Bangkok Patana School for a number of years; taught at Chase Terrace High and Newcastle-under-Lyme College; head of physics at Nicholas Chamberlaine School and assistant head at Alleyne's High School. Hobbies and interests include archery, cookery, cryptic crosswords, film, literature and music, as well as hill-walking and board games.

Academic matters

A broader band of ability than in most of the fiercely competitive London day schools – something the school takes pride in and, together with its small class sizes, sees as a ‘unique selling point.’ Only 12 in year 6, an average of 15 per class in years 7 to 11 (we...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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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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