The Harbour School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Tipner Lane
5 - 19
Community special school
4 1 1 2 3 4
Ofsted Report
View Report - All Reports

Special schools provide a unique and distinctive educational environment to meet the needs of the pupils in their community. Undertaking standard tests may not be appropriate and we do not show performance data for special schools.

View exam results via the link below and contact the school to ask about measuring pupil progress.

A Parent's Guide to Choosing a Special School


Happiness Rating

Ofsted Parent View

Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support

School Description

This is a special school, which provides a range of provision across Portsmouth for students with social emotional mental health and/or medical needs. There are five school sites and a hospital school at Queen Alexandra Hospital. The school provides a Multi-Agency Behaviour Support Service, a Targeted Mentoring Support Service, and a Young Parents’ Support Service. The Harbour School at Tipner provides special school and alternative provision for students aged nine to 13 who have been excluded or are about to be excluded from their mainstream school. Tipner is also the site for 'Harbour House', a residential provision for a small number of students on a rotation basis when needed. The residence was not part of this inspection. It was judged outstanding when it was inspected in February 2015. The Harbour School at Fratton provides special school and alternative provision for students in Key Stage 4. A small number of students in Year 9 also attend this site. The Harbour School at Cosham provides medical special school and alternative provision for students aged 11 to 16 who have high levels of anxiety and/or autism spectrum conditions, such as Asperger's Syndrome. The Hospital School is managed by leaders at Cosham and provides learning to students of all ages who are admitted to hospital for a period of time. The Harbour School at Milton provides individual tuition for students aged five to 16 who are too ill to attend school. There were no Key Stage 1 students at the time of the inspection. The Multi-Agency Behaviour Support Service, the Targeted Mentoring Support Service, and the Young Parents' Support Service are all based at this site. The Harbour School at Stamshaw provides special school provision for students aged 11 to 16 with severe and complex emotional mental health and/or medical needs as an alternative to out-of-city placement. Most students have dual registrations with their mainstream school. Some are single registered and those who start at the school in Years 10 and 11 almost always stay at the school until they have taken their examinations. Many students have been out of mainstream schools for a considerable period before attending this school. About 20 per cent of students have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan for their social, emotional mental health needs, their autism spectrum disorders and/or learning difficulties. Almost all students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium is above average. This is additional funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Vocational opportunities for students in Key Stage 4 are provided by Southdowns College. The vast majority of students go on to college or go into employment when they leave the school at the end of Year 11.

The Harbour School Catchment Area Map

Official pupil census data is not available for this school and we are unable to offer a heat map or likelihood of admission tool at this time.

The Harbour School Reviews

There are currently no reviews - be the first to leave one!
Your rating:
 Receive updates and School Guide's A* newsletter
  • Do explain who you are and your relationship to the school e.g. ‘I am a parent…’
  • Do back up your opinion with examples or clear reasons but, remember, it’s your opinion not fact.
  • Don’t use bad or aggressive language.
  • Don't go in to detail about specific staff or pupils. Individual complaints should be directed to the school.
  • Do go to the relevant authority is you have concerns about a serious issue such as bullying, drug abuse or bad management.
To see the full fair review guidelines or help if you have serious concerns about a school, go here.
  1. Select a star rating.
  2. Write your review.
  3. Enter your email address. This will never appear next to your review. You’ll have the chance to select your display name shortly.
  4. Press submit and your review will be sent to our team of moderation Prefects.
  5. Check your Inbox to complete registration and select your display name. You can edit or delete your review at any time.
We respect your privacy and never share your email address with the reviewed school or any third parties.
Please see our T&Cs and Privacy Policy for details of how we treat registered emails with TLC.

School Noticeboard

This school doesn't have a noticeboard on our site. Check back soon!

If you are a representative of this school register your details to sign up for a free noticeboard.

Registered users can add photos, news and download your school’s Certificate of Excellence 2020/21.

If you would like to register for a different school, click here

Do you represent

The Harbour School?

Register to add photos, news and download your Certificate of Excellence 2020/21

*Official school administrator email addresses

(eg [email protected]). Details will be verified.

Questions? Email [email protected]

We're here to help your school to add information for parents.

Thank you for registering your details

A member of the School Guide team will verify your details within 2 working days and provide further detailed instructions for setting up your School Noticeboard.

For any questions please email [email protected]

Looking for a tutor near The Harbour School?

Show Local Tutors