Effective from Monday, 23 March 2020, all schools will be closed until further notice. Work will be uploaded to Google Classroom for your child to complete which can be accessed by clicking the above 'School Closure' button. Here you will also find the latest updates regarding the closure. Thank you
School closure update for parents and carers
Please click the link below for updated advice from the Government.
Outwood Academy Portland Transition 2020
Please use the link below to access the academies new Year 6 transition website.
Suggested Home Learning Timetables
Please see the attached documents for a suggested home learning schedule for year 7 and 8. This is to support them in creating healthy routines whilst they are at home. Thank you for your support.
Planned Learning Journeys
Please click on the subject links to see the planned learning journey for our students whilst they are working at home using google classroom. Please be aware that these plans are subject to change.
Google Classroom - Parental Guidance
Please see the guide below for parents on how to use Google classroom.
Year 11 Prom Postponed
Due to schools being closed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is with great regret that I must inform you that our Year 11 Prom, which was scheduled for 24th June 2020, has been postponed until further notice. Year 11 students were informed of this decision in an assembly before we closed the school due to the Covid 19 outbreak.
We will endeavour to rearrange the Prom for a later date but until we are given an all clear to return to school by the government we cannot confirm when that date will be. Please be aware that this decision has not been taken lightly and has been taken with the health and safety of our students as the paramount reason.
We will keep parents and carers informed regarding the confirmation of a new date as soon as we can.
Learning Manager Year 11
Free School Meals during academy closure
The DfE has now confirmed the higher rate of £3.00 a day for Free School Meals during term time. We’re determined to help as much as possible so, as a one off, we will provide an extra £13.20 to those eligible for Free School Meals by doing the following:
1) We will continue to pay at the current rate of £2.30 a day but we will also provide vouchers for the two week Easter
2) We will update to the higher rate of £3.00 a day from the first day of next term
Access to Kudos
Kudos is a careers website which students can use at home. At the moment this is for Years 8-11. Their usernames remain the same as their G-Suite username but their passwords have been changed to careers20 for everyone.
Mental Wellbeing Reminder
Just a reminder that our website has 2 green buttons, providing incredibly valuable support for students, families & staff as part of our mental well-being support strategy & also resources about helping manage social media. The buttons can be found by scrolling down this page.
Outwood Academy Portland is a truly amazing place; the combination of outstanding, caring staff and committed, hardworking students makes every day remarkable.
The level of progress and achievement made by students is breathtaking, with results exceeding the top 1% of the country and students maturing into well rounded, intelligent, young adults – it is easy to see why staff and students value their time at Portland.
The learning environment and supportive ethos is all part of our vision, to offer a level of education that is undoubtedly world class.
We are delighted to announce that Outwood Academy Portland has been successful in achieving Teaching School status under the umbrella of the Outwood Institute of Education. Sir Michael Wilkins, Academy Principal and Chief Executive of OGAT, added “I am very proud of the success at Portland, and the hard work by staff and students that has made ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ and ‘Teaching School’ status possible.”
Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools. Outwood Academy Portland is one of just 61 schools in the whole of England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.
Teaching Schools have been in existence since 2011 and are all rated as “outstanding". They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career. They raise standards through supporting other schools, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
Dr Philip Smith, the Principal of Outwood Academy Portland said: “I am delighted that Portland has been recognised as a centre of excellence. It is a great honour to be a Teaching School and to be in the position to improve the life-chances for children in other schools across our region. We are looking forward to working closely with the existing Outwood Institute of Education to spread the great work they do to the East Midlands and South Yorkshire”.
Medicspot have announced a grant open to all UK students who will be going on to study a degree related to health, medicine, nursing or life sciences.
27 students represented the academy at the cross country championships in December 2019.
The Year 11 football team at Outwood Academy Portland are now District champions.
Congratulations to our Y9 Netball team.
Year 8 Netball Team net an amazing achievement
This year at Outwood Academy Portland election fever swept the school in October with our Student Voice elections. Four applicants were put to ballot with their manifestos being the only thing our electorate knew about them.
Due to advances in Fitbit technology and their compatibility to mobile phones we regret to have to inform you that students will no longer be allowed to wear Fitbits from September 2018.
In addition, students should not wear Fitbits for any external examinations taking place this academic year.
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By sharing your views, you’ll be helping your child’s school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about your child's school.