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Christmas 2019 Newsletter

Christmas 2019 Newsletter

Pool Closed

Unfortunately our pool is closed for the foreseeable future, all swimming lessons will be refunded. Please contact the office on 0333 999 1455 if you have any queries.

SED students making things happen!

Congratulations to all of our students in the sensory education department! Following a new round of switch assessments, Mr Wells is delighted to report that 100% of students have made expected or better progress from their last assessment!

Mr Wells said “I am absolutely delighted that the hard work of these very special students! I know they have been working really, really hard on their switch programs and these results show that. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a time when every single student has made such exciting progress. This is down to the hard work and determination of the students and more than a little bit of help from the staff.”

Thank you everyone and well done!

Mr Wells is a regular writer for PMLD link magazine.

We are delighted to announce that Pete Wells, Creative lead for Ascent Academies, has been asked to be a regular writer for the prestigious PMLD link magazine. 

This well respected educational journal has contributions from esteemed academics and lead practitioners of special education across the world. Pete has been asked to contribute one of his innovative, well renowned sensory stories per issue.

Pete said “I am thrilled and honoured to create resources for such an important publication. I am a firm believer are in sharing good practice and exciting resources. I get a real thrill out of knowing that the stories I write for possibly the most overlooked students in education will being used across the world.”

Pete has donated stories to the last two issues, the first story was about flies having a picnic, which is designed to promote healthy eating. The second, for a health and fitness themed issue, was ‘Sheldon and the Hare’ a story of a race between Sheldon the Snail and Hector Hare. The purpose of the latter was to show that everyone can be a winner despite their perceived lack of ability.

Pete said “My next story is called “I’ve lost my grannies Gnashers ” which is a story designed to improve eye pointing and utilise Eyegaze system. Pupils will use their eyes to find an old lady’s missing Teeth in a variety of amusing and disgusting places.”

Visit to order your copy of the magazine.

Safer Internet Day 2017

Ascent Trust will be embracing Safer Internet Day with aplomb on Tuesday 7th February 2017. Adapting the theme of ‘Be the Change: Unite for a better Internet,” students will be exploring friendships in both its online and off-line forms.

Younger students will learn friendship skills, positive behaviour strategies and older students will be looking at online friends, sharing information, Sexting and much, much more.

Among many exciting resources, students will be using Internet safety videos that have been created by students across the trust to educate each other about the benefits and dangers of online behaviour.

The First 10 Speed Sounds

After receiving the paperwork in relation to same speed sounds – the videos are now uploaded and ready to enjoy please click here to view

We are a Nut Free Zone

Due to allergies of students and staff within Portland Academy, we are now a Nut Free Academy.

Please do not send any nuts or nut based products into school – this helps protect those with allergies and low resistance.

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Reopening Questions Letter

14th July 2020

Please click below to view our recent letter addressing questions you may have with regards to reopening in September. Reopening Questions

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September Opening 2020

10th July 2020

Please click the link below to view our latest newsletter. September Opening

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Head of Academy Letter – July 2020

3rd July 2020

Please click below to view the latest letter from our Head of Academy Head of Academy Letter July 2020

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COVID-19 Packed Lunch Options

5th June 2020

Please see below for details on our COVID-19 packed lunch options.     COVID-19 Packed Lunch Options

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Guidance

30th April 2020

Please click the link below to view our updated Coronavirus (COVID19) information and guidance. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Guidance

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