This area will be used for information for the students starting at The Portsmouth Academy in September 2021.
To help us set things up, and communicate with you ready for September please can you fill in this form. Please do not fill in until you have a confirmed place at The Portsmouth Academy.
Note: the useful info section below is for current 20/21 year, and some areas may change for September.
We use the MyEd parent app to communicate with parents. This can be downloaded from the Android store and Apple store.
You can find out more at this page https://www.myedschoolapp.com/
Note: this is only available to parents marked as first contact, based on your phone number. It will not work if the details we have on our system are not up-to-date. If you need to update your details please contact the school at email@example.com
Note: some of the functionality, such as student timetable will only appear on the 2nd day after your child has formally started at TPA.
You can also access our payment system, PlusPay, via MyEd.
At The Portsmouth Academy we encourage parents to support us in their child’s education by contacting us with any queries or issues. For urgent issues please contact the school via phone on 0333 360 2200. For general enquiries, email is probably best. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not know which member of staff to contact. Please be aware that most staff will be busy teaching during the school day, and may not be able to read or respond to your email immediately.
Latest news and press releases from The Portsmouth Academy.
Please read this important letter regarding the COVID-19 vaccination for students.
Please read this important letter from Mr Dolphin, Senior Vice Principal.
The Portsmouth Academy staff would like to say a huge thank you to the parents of our new Year 7 for giving your support to our continued digital transformation. For the…
Please see letters for school year 21/22
Students and staff at The Portsmouth Academy located on St. Mary’s Road and part of Thinking Schools Academy Trust, are celebrating today as they receive their GCSE grades. This year, despite…
The Portsmouth Academy would like to wish our students, parents and staff a safe and happy school holidays! Thank you for your support this academic year! The last day of term…
Please read this important letter regarding Covid self isolation changes from September 2021.
Please also see our Parent Bulletins for more information.
Please see letters for school year 20/21
Please see letters for school year 19/20
Note evenings will be run based on current Covid19 guidance.
– this will not work until 2 weeks before parents evening.
To login you will need to enter:
• Your title (Miss/Ms/Mrs/Mr) and surname
• Your child’s first name, surname and date of birth.
• The login details you enter must match those we have on record for you. The first name and
surname must match those that your child is known on the school register (e.g. Katherine
• We may have a different title on record for you (e.g. Ms not Miss) so please try alternatives if you cannot login.
If you have any issues booking appointments please contact email@example.com or 0333 360 2200.
You will get a 4 minute slot with each teacher, with a minimum 1 minute gap between bookings. For years 7, 8 and 9 there may be a limit to the number of teachers you can see to ensure that all parents can make appointments.
You can use smart phone, tablet or computer for video parents evenings.
Video system requirements:
Apple iPhone/iPad (must be iOS 11+): Safari
Android: Chrome or Firefox
Windows: Chrome, Firefox or Edge (Chromium)
Mac: Safari, Chrome or Firefox
Linux: Chrome or Firefox
For more information on how the system works, please see this guide or the videos below.
Online safety is a major concern for many parents, especially as our children sometimes seem to be more knowledgeable about computers, phones and other gadgets than we are.
Pupils are taught about online safety at The Portsmouth Academy in Personal Development (PD) lessons and encouraged to be careful online, and taught ways to keep safe. Our internet is restricted, and pupils cannot access inappropriate sites from our PCs.
Here are some links and documents to help parents. If you wish to discuss any concerns personally with the school, please contact the school via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Portsmouth Academy aims to:
The Policy at TPA is based on the principle of fully recognising the academy’s responsibilities for child protection. We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, academy staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The academy will therefore:
We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the DCSF and DFE:
Principal: Mrs Rachel Grey
Pastoral Lead (DSL):
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If you have any cause for concern for any student at our school, please contact Clare Rhodes on (033) 3360 2200 or by email at: email@example.com
If you have a safeguarding concern out of school term time hours, please contact Mrs Rachel Grey (Principal) via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Lee Lucas (TSAT Lead for Safeguarding) via email@example.com
Portsmouth Social Care: 02392 839111
Childrens Social Care Out of hours: 0300 555 1373
Childline: 0800 1111
We have a 2 week timetable, week A and week B. If the week before a holiday is week A, we will return on week B (and vice versa).
|Thu 2 Sep||Inset Day 1||School closed to pupils|
|Fri 3 Sep||Inset Day 2||School closed to pupils|
|Mon 6 Sep||School Starts – Year 7 Only Week 1 (A)||Autumn Term begins 8:40|
|Mon 7 Sep||School Starts – Years 8, 9, 10 & 11|
|Mon 13 Sep||Week 2 (B)|
|Mon 20 Sep||Week 3 (A)|
|Mon 27 Sep||Week 4 (B)|
|Mon 4 Oct||Week 5 (A)|
|Mon 11 Oct||Week 6 (B)|
|Mon 18 Oct||Week 7 (A)|
|Fri 22 Oct||INSET Day 3|
|Mon 25 Oct – Fri 29 Oct||Autumn Half Term||School closed to pupils|
|Mon 1 Nov||School Starts Week 8 (B)|
|Mon 8 Nov||Week 9 (A)|
|Mon 15 Nov||Week 10 (B)|
|Mon 22 Nov||Week 11 (A)|
|Mon 29 Nov||Week 12 (B)|
|Mon 6 Dec||Week 13 (A)|
|Mon 13 Dec||Week 14 (B)|
|Fri 17 Dec||School ends||Autumn term ends 12:30|
|Mon 21 Dec – Fri 31 Dec||Christmas Holidays|
|Mon 3 Jan||Bank Holiday|
|Tue 4 Jan||INSET Day 4||School closed to pupils|
|Wed 5 Jan||School starts Week 15 (A)||Spring Term begins 8:40|
|Mon 10 Jan||Week 16 (B)|
|Mon 17 Jan||Week 17 (A)|
|Mon 24 Jan||Week 18 (B)|
|Mon 31 Jan||Week 19 (A)|
|Mon 7 Feb||Week 20 (B)|
|Mon 14 Feb||Week 21 (A)|
|Mon 21 Feb – Fri 25 Feb||Spring Half Term||School closed to pupils|
|Mon 28 Feb||INSET Day 5||School closed to pupils|
|Tue 1 Mar||School starts Week 22 (B)|
|Mon 7 Mar||Week 23 (A)|
|Wed 9 Mar||Year 11 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45|
|Mon 14 Mar||Week 24 (B)|
|Mon 21 Mar||Week 25 (A)|
|Mon 28 Mar||Week 26 (B)|
|Mon 4 Apr||Week 27 (A)|
|Wed 6 Apr||Year 10 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45|
|Thu 8 Apr||School ends||Spring Term ends 3:00|
|Fri 11Apr – Fri 22 Apr|
|Mon 25 Apr||School starts Week 28 (B)||Summer Term begins 8:40|
|Mon 2 May||Bank Holiday|
|Tue 3 May||Week 29 (A)|
|Wed 4 May||Year 9 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45|
|Mon 9 May||Week 30 (B)|
|Mon 16 May||Week 31 (A)|
|Mon 23 May||Week 32 (B)|
|Mon 30 May – Fri 3 Jun||Half Term||School closed to pupils|
|Mon 6 Jun||Week 33 (A)|
|Mon 13 Jun||Week 34 (B)|
|Wed 15 Jun||Year 7 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45|
|Mon 20 Jun||Week 35 (A)|
|Mon 27 Jun||Week 36 (B)|
|Wed 29 Jun||Year 8 Parent Evening 3:45 – 6:45|
|Mon 4 Jul||Week 37 (A)|
|Mon 11 Jul||Week 38 (B)|
|Mon 18 Jul||Week 39 (A)|
|Fri 22 Jul||School ends||Summer Term ends 12:30|
Learning day for 2021/22
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This information is correct for school year 2020/21, there may be changes in timings and operation for the 2021/22 school year.
We will not be using any cash payment, including the reval machine we previously used by the main hall, All payments will need to be made by Iris PlusPay via the MyEd app. For the initial period while parents are setting up PlusPay, food and drinks can still be purchased, and the payment will taken when money is loaded into PlusPay.
There will be a reduced menu (see link below), which will be as a “grab and go”. For break times students will be brought down in their year group bubbles to the dining hall to get any food or drinks and then will be in the Quad area.
At lunch times, students will be brought down in year group bubbles to dining hall and quad area for first 20 minutes. The second 20 minutes of lunch will be on the hard standing area behind the sports hall.
If there is bad weather students will be in the sports hall and main hall, in year group bubbles.
|Year Group||Morning Break||Lunch Break|
|7||9.40 – 10.00||11.40-12.20|
|8||10.20 – 10.40||12.20-13.00|
|10 & 11||10.40-11.00||12.40-13.20|
Pupils will sanitise hands before entering the dining hall, and using the thumb print scanner to get food. These will be cleaned between each bubble year group. Thumb prints for year 7 students will be collected on the first day, PIN codes are available as an alternative if requested.
For more info about free school meals please click on the link below:
For more details on PlusPay click here.
If you are in receipt of one of the benefits above, you will need to apply to Portsmouth City Council (PCC).
You can do this by apply online at https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/schools/school-meals
Alternatively, you can download and complete the form – https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/documents-external/sch-schlmealsappfrm2015-16.pdf
Once PCC have assessed your child’s eligibility, they will send you a letter with the outcome and will include your child’s status on the weekly list that is sent to the school.
Menus are rotated on three weekly basis, see menus below:
Uniform is an important part of our Academy identity and must be worn with pride at all times. If your child does not wear the correct uniform you will be contacted. On the first occasion, where possible, your child will be loaned the correct attire for that day only. If there is a second occasion, you will be contacted and your child will be sent home to change. They should then be brought back into school.
The Uniform Shop at Penhale School is now closed. Uniform can only be purchased online at: https://simmonds-ltd.com/the-portsmouth-academy/
As we start to have a mixed intake, the uniform will be different for different year groups. Please check appropriate guidance.
Students should have the following items every day. Failure to do so may lead to negative habit points.