Portfield School provides education and residential options (including overnight respite care at Wessex Lodge) for up to 70 children and young people with autism. In purpose built and high quality facilities the school offers the highest standards of education and care. Portfield has a reputation for the quality and value of its services and works with a number of local authorities from across the UK.
As one of the UK’s first schools for children with autism, Portfield
School has more than 40 years’ experience of providing specialist
education and care. From its beginnings in 1968 when a group of parents
set up a school in a garden shed to its extensive facilities today,
hundreds have benefited from our specialist resources and approach.
You can contact the school directly by calling them on 01202 573808 or contact them here.
Ethos & Values
Our vision is to support the education and personal development of each child and young person with autism in order that they can be active citizens enjoying maximum independence and a good quality of life. We work best when there is trust, honesty and openness between all staff, pupils, parents and professionals. By working in such close partnership, we can offer parents and carers emotional and practical support where required and achieve the best possible outcomes for all our students.
Portfield School is managed by regional charity Autism Wessex and as such adopts its core values of:
Relationships of integrity and respect
Personal development, empowerment and quality of life
High quality, professional and personalised services
Equal opportunity and diversity
Value for money
Pupils benefit from an expert support team and an array of specially tailored resources and facilities, including a therapy pool, sensory rooms and a secure outdoor play area. Teaching in light, brightly coloured classrooms, we aim to make the school an inspiring environment.
Parents can give their opinions on the school by clicking this link to visit the Ofsted website 'Parent View'. Ofsted reports can be viewed on the Ofsted website.