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 a specialist school for cognition and learning. We aim to develop this specialism and provide support to the local community, businesses and mainstream schools.
Portland Academy is part of ‘The Ascent Academies’ Trust’, a small, but growing partnership of Sunderland 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 complexx learning needs.
The school has excellent facilities, including a therapy pool, sensory room, media room with green screen technology and sound therapy room. Our ICT room is being refurbished ready for the start of the new academic year and our site team are developing a woodland walk in our grounds. 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.