Our journey to outstanding


We are delighted to be able to share the news that after their recent visit, OFSTED have graded Outwood Academy Portland as outstanding in all five categories, and our performance places us in the top 1% of schools in England.

Here are a few of the quotes, published by OFSTED, about the quality of learning that takes place within the academy:

“Teaching is of a consistently high quality. All students are stretched and challenged by the work they are given.”

“Teachers make learning interesting and engaging for students. Resources are well chosen to deepen students’ understanding of the work in hand. Learning is stimulating and students respond very well.”

“Teaching enables students of all abilities, including the more able, to develop confidence in themselves, and in their own ability to learn. Frequent instances were observed of students showing considerable maturity in coaching other students.”

“There are many opportunities for students to pursue personal interests outside the main timetable. For example, many take part in music and sport at the very highest level.”

Most importantly, OFSTED quickly noticed how amazing the students are at Portland; they were impressed by our students’ ability to learn and meet new challenges, and especially by their supportive nature, they reported:

“Students’ attitudes to learning are exemplary and they show a spirit of enquiry and deep interest in learning. Students show consideration and courtesy to others.”

“The behaviour of students is outstanding. They settle quickly in lessons and cooperate with their teachers when asked to perform any learning activities.”

“Students are very polite and courteous to visitors. The academy promotes positive relationships among students, and they work very well together and support each other’s learning.”

It is wonderful to know that OFSTED share our view that Portland students are some of the best in the country, and have recognised this by awarding Portland the highest grades possible. With a start like this, we can only imagine the heights our students will reach when they leave us, fully confident in pursuit of their life-long desires.

It is remarkable to see what can be achieved when a team of dedicated staff, supportive parents and amazing students work towards a common goal. All the staff at Portland feel it is a real privilege to spend time with our students, helping them to achieve the greatness they deserve. Please pass on our thanks and let them know just how proud we are of them.

Dr P Smith