FAQ

FAQs

Transport to and from school

Many students in lower years tend to be brought to school by their parents at first. However, once they are familiar with their route to school they will often travel with a group of friends. Most of the older students travel by themselves using public transport. We are 5 minutes walk from Great Portland and Regents Park tube stations and 9 minutes walk from Oxford Circus and Warren Street tube station.

Student safety

All students in Years 6, 7 and 8 are supervised from the start of the day until 3.45pm. They are always escorted by teachers between the buildings and supervised at lunchtime.; We do allow students in Years 10 to Year 11 to leave the premises at lunchtime. Students in Years 9 to 11 move between buildings unsupervised. We take registers in the first 5 minutes of every lesson.

Lunch

Lunch is cooked fresh everyday and provided our chef and catering staff on site, at no extra charge.
Vegetarian options are available daily. The students are allocated a time for lunch in the dining room depending on year group.
Please speak to us about any allergies or other concerns relating to food.

Sport

Students in Years 6 have sport four days per week. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have sport three days out of five. This accounts to 6 hours per week. Sport is reduced in Years 10 and 11 to once or twice per week as the GCSE curriculum commences. Students are taken to nearby facilities – either on foot or by minibus. Regents Park, Seymour Centre, Paddington Recreation Ground and the Oasis Sports Centre are some of the many facilities we use.

Female & Male Student Ratio

We often get asked about the mix of female and male students at Portland Place.
Across the school we have approximately 60% male to 40% female students, however our female cohort is growing and the gender ratio is 50:50 for Years 6 & 7.

 

SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

We have an excellent reputation in providing learning support and stretch for students.
Our dyslexia friendly approach to teaching is beneficial to all our students.

SEND students must be able to work in classes (of up to 15 students). Our teachers are sensitive to an individual student’s emotional and academic needs and adjust their teaching to accommodate them.

MFL – Modern Foreign languages

In Years 6 students study Spanish. All students in Year 7 study either Spanish or French. This choice is made during the second week of the Autumn Term, after a series of taster lessons in both languages. In Years 8 and 9 all students continue to study their language choice from Year 7. In Years 10 and 11 students may choose to continue learning French or Spanish, although currently this is not compulsory.

We also offer extra-curricular clubs for Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian.

Homework

Students should expect about 5 hours (Year 6) of individual work at home per week rising to about 10 hours (Years 10 and 11). We ask parents to talk to the Head of Year if the time spent is significantly more or less as there may be an underlying problem.

Uniform

Main Uniform
Our main uniform can be purchased from AlleyCatz Schoolwear Suppliers 
The uniform list is here:
Portland Place Main Uniform

Physical Education Sports Uniform
Our school sportswear supplier is www.schoolblazer.com