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Please see the following sections for more information.

You can also find information on admissions by visiting admissions.


Please see our Prospectus for more information.


To select our school using the online admissions form;

  • Ignore the postcode drop down on the left
  • Select ‘Portsmouth’ in the centre
  • Type in ‘The Portsmouth Academy’ in the box on the right (or select it using the filter)

The Portsmouth Academy follows Portsmouth City Council’s admissions policies and procedures.
Parents wishing to apply for a place should first call the City HelpDesk on 023 9268 8008 and ask for the school admissions team. Alternatively you can email or write to Admissions Team, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2EA.

Copies of the admissions policies, information for parents, application forms and other information can be found at the Portsmouth Council website and in the Portsmouth Council Admissions Booklet (opens in new window).

Our admissions policies can be found here:

If you have received an offer of place from the city council, please contact the school as soon as possible to arrange a tour of the school and a meeting with the Principal or other member of the leadership team to arrange a start date.

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Overall effectiveness Good Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the page
Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good
Outcomes for pupils Good

“The school’s culture is now very aspirational –
pupils develop the resilience needed to rise to the challenge.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Teachers have high expectations
and are skilled at improving pupils’ knowledge and understanding.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“The school has a strong culture of safeguarding.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Teaching is effective and meets students needs well.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Pupils’ conduct, in lessons and around the school,
at break and lunchtimes, is excellent.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“The teaching of English and literacy across the school is very effective.
Pupils enjoy reading for pleasure and write fluently.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Progress is now significantly above national averages
in a range of subjects, including both English and mathematics.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Pupils respect the rights of others and celebrate differences.”

Ofsted, April 2017

“Pupils are happy at school and proud to be members of its community.
They respect the well-kept splendid environment for learning
and are rarely late for lessons.”

Ofsted, April 2017


Please see our local offer document below to find out about our full range of support provided.

We are very proud of our school, which offers a wonderful education; full of opportunities for young people to ‘Aspire and Achieve.’

We are unique in Portsmouth at specialising in teaching ‘thinking tools’, which help our students to develop their full potential. There are 10,0000 thinking schools worldwide who share a common aim; that both students and staff will think reflectively, critically and creatively in order to create an outstanding educational experience for every child. See for more information on thinking schools worldwide.

Our experience, and national and international research, tells us that young people in thinking schools:

• Achieve a higher self-esteem and greater confidence
• Feel more positive and learn well together as a community
• Maintain their motivation and curiosity to learn
• Improve their academic performance
• Become independent learners who can ‘think for themselves’ and cope with an increasingly complex world

Ofsted have also reported on the links between being an outstanding school and a thinking school which you can read about here.

We all feel happiest when we are surrounded by people who believe in us and encourage us to pursue our goals. In our school, we value the relationships between staff and students which enable every child to ‘Aspire and Achieve’, and so experience the joy that comes with personal success.