Portland School and Specialist College

Primary & Secondary
Special school
Uttoxeter Road
Blythe Bridge
Stoke-on-Trent
ST11 9JG
01782882020
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Pupils
90
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Ages
3 - 16
Gender
Gender
Mixed
Building
Type
Foundation special school
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.05
Ofsted Report
(16/1/18)
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School Description

There have been substantial changes to the school’s role since its previous inspection, following a review of special educational needs provision by the local authority. This has included a change of name and provision for pupils who have different special educational needs from those provided for previously. For most of last year the school operated from a temporary site while a building programme was completed to improve the current accommodation. The school moved back towards the end of the academic year 2012. The school now provides education for pupils with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties. There is also a Year 11 class of pupils with moderate learning difficulties. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Since the change in designation there have been considerable staff changes and many of the pupils are also new to the school. At present, all pupils in the school are boys although the school can also offer places to girls. Over 80% of pupils are eligible for additional government funding through the pupil premium which, at this school, includes pupils who are entitled to free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. This is a much higher proportion than the national average. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The school uses alternative providers for a small number of Key Stage 4 pupils in order to offer them vocational opportunities which the school is unable to provide. Placements are set up and managed by a highly regarded agency but are closely monitored by the school.

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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