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Admission Process

COVID 19 & Admissions: There is no affect yet for 2021 entry.  For 2020 entry, we are currently assessing remotely and interviewing on Zoom/Teams/Skype.

For information on the admission process and key dates please click here.

Year 6 Places

Year 6 is a single form entry with a maximum of 14 places.

Outdoor space/facilities

Like most inner London schools, we have limited outdoor space available during the school day.  This is why we schedule in extra PE and Games lessons for our youngest children. Children in Years 6, to 9 have sport 3 days out of five for 2 hours each time.

Pupils are taken to nearby facilities – either on foot or by minibus. Regents Park, Mobiliy Centre and the Oasis Sports Centre are some of the many facilities we use.

Creative Arts & Sports Scholarships

For information on our Sports and Creative Arts Scholarships click here.

EAL/SEND Application Process

All applications are reviewed by the SENDCO and an Ed Psych report (dated within the last two years) must be provided with applications where additional support/extra time, etc is required.

For more information on the EAL/SEND process please click here.

Sibling Policy

We seek to offer all siblings a place at Portland Place School.  The only exception to this is where a sibling has specific needs that we cannot fully support.

Leavers Destinations

With strong links to DLD College all our students will have preferential entry to DLD College but we will work closely to enable any progression for our students, there or elsewhere.

Portland Place students have left us to do a range of qualifications, from going on to do A Levels at schools with highly academically focussed Sixth Forms with an aim of Russell Group University entrance, to colleges offering vocational courses and apprenticeships.

For a comprehensive list of destinations click here.

Remote Learning Implementation

With the implementation of the Government’s policy to place schools in lockdown, Portland Place School has been delivering remote learning to all its students.

A typical day at Portland Place School now starts with a live face to face registration period, followed by live virtual classes, reflecting the usual timetable. Work is set through Teams and Firefly. There are also over 90 peripatetic lessons such as music being delivered to students across the UK and abroad each week, through live virtual classes.

Counselling sessions are set up on line and extra drop in sessions for students have been added so those who don’t normally see a counsellor will have the option to do so, should they wish.

Use of Technology

At Portland Place School each pupil and staff member has access to an iPad equipped with a variety of digital platforms for use in school and at home.  Many of our classrooms have large screens with Apple TV connected, allowing each pupil or teacher to share their iPad screen with the rest of the class.

By integrating technology across the curriculum, pupils are given the ability to think carefully about how they learn, regardless of the subject, and pick the right tool for the job, be it a tablet for video creation or a collaborative online office tool. As a school, we are aiming for meta-cognition and fluid IT skills, alongside a better experience in subjects such as Music, Science Drama or Maths.

To encourage additional study, our pupils use their iPads at home utilising the Firefly platform to complete assignments, revise and keep check of their individual progress.

Lunch

Lunch is provided on site, at no extra charge.  Vegetarian options are available daily.

Please speak to us about any allergies or other concerns relating to food.

Sport

Children in Years 6, to 9 have sport 3 days out of five for 2 hours each time.  Sport is reduced in Years 10 and 11 to once or twice per week as the GCSE curriculum commences. Pupils are taken to nearby facilities – either on foot or by minibus. Regents Park, Mobiliy Centre and the Oasis Sports Centre are some of the many facilities we use.

Our main sports are: Football, Netball, Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness, Rugby, Swimming, Basketball, Cross Country, Table Tennis, Dance, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Softball and Tennis.

We play inter-house tournaments in all the above sports, which all the pupils get involved in – this is very inclusive.

MFL – Modern Foreign languages

In Years 6 pupils study Spanish. All pupils 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 pupils continue to study their language choice from Year 7. In Years 10 and 11 pupils may choose to continue learning French or Spanish, although currently this is not compulsory.

SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

We have an excellent reputation in providing for the Special Educational needs of pupils. SEND Pupils must be able to work in classes (of around 15 students). Our teachers are sensitive to an individual student’s needs and adjust their teaching to accommodate them. They are led in this by the school’s SENDCo. A few pupils may drop one of their modern languages so they can attend a small support group.

Transport to and from school

Many children in Lower school are 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 children 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 tube station.

Homework

Children should expect about 7.5 hours of individual work at home per week. 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.

Pupil safety

All pupils 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 pupils in Years 10 and Year 1 to leave the premises at lunchtime. Pupils in Years 9 to 13 move between buildings unsupervised. We take registers in the first 5 minutes of every lesson.

Uniform

Uniform can be purchased from any school wear supplier, such as John Lewis. The full list can be found on our website here

Portland Place School Pack

We do hope you have enjoyed your virtual tour, for further information on the admission process and examples of some of the exciting things our students do, please click on the documents below:

For Students by Students

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