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Welcome to Portland Academy

Our Mission Statement: To Value, to Respect, to Promote Optimum Learning.

Welcome to the Portland Academy website, we hope you enjoy browsing.

We cater for approximately 150 students between the ages of 11 and 19 who experience severe learning difficulties and profound, multiple and complex medical needs. A growing number of our pupils also have an Autistic spectrum condition. Portland offers co-educational day provision to pupils from a catchment area which covers the city of Sunderland and beyond.

The academy is able to offer a number of part time or assessment placements for identified pupils.

Portland Academy is part of ‘The Ascent Academies’ Trust’, a small, but growing¬†partnership of Special schools, which aims to develop special needs provision across the City. We are currently looking at the possibility of developing provision for pupils aged 19 to 25 with complex learning needs.

The school has excellent facilities, including a therapy pool, sensory room, OT Room, media room with green screen technology, Woodland Walk and sound therapy room. This, together with a relevant, progressive and challenging curriculum delivered and supported by committed staff, enables us to offer a wonderful range of varied opportunities to enrich our pupils’ lives.

If you would like more information on the Academy, or are interested in a place here for your child, please phone or email us.

Melanie Carson

Head Teacher


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