Portland School and Specialist College

Primary & Secondary
Special school
Uttoxeter Road
Blythe Bridge
Stoke-on-Trent
ST11 9JG
01782882020
Pupils
88
Ages
3 - 16
Gender
Mixed
Type
Foundation special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(16/1/18)
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90%
NATIONAL AVG. 92%
Happiness Rating

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5.9:1
NATIONAL AVG. 20.7:1
Pupil/Teacher ratio
54.7%
NATIONAL AVG. 8.7%
Persistent Absence
1%
NATIONAL AVG. 21.2%
Pupils first language
not English
71.6%
NATIONAL AVG. 23%
Free school meals

School Description

There have been substantial changes to the school’s role since its previous inspection, following a review of special educational needs provision by the local authority. This has included a change of name and provision for pupils who have different special educational needs from those provided for previously. For most of last year the school operated from a temporary site while a building programme was completed to improve the current accommodation. The school moved back towards the end of the academic year 2012. The school now provides education for pupils with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties. There is also a Year 11 class of pupils with moderate learning difficulties. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Since the change in designation there have been considerable staff changes and many of the pupils are also new to the school. At present, all pupils in the school are boys although the school can also offer places to girls. Over 80% of pupils are eligible for additional government funding through the pupil premium which, at this school, includes pupils who are entitled to free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. This is a much higher proportion than the national average. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The school uses alternative providers for a small number of Key Stage 4 pupils in order to offer them vocational opportunities which the school is unable to provide. Placements are set up and managed by a highly regarded agency but are closely monitored by the school.

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