Ethos and Values


At Portland we aim to give our young people the best possible start in life. We believe that to achieve their full potential, young people need:

  • The Literacy and Numeracy skills to function in a modern society
  • The Social Skills to interact positively with others and make the best of their chances
  • The Life Skills to make good informed choices that impact positively on their lives

All of our pupils have experienced Social, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties. We are here to work with them in overcoming barriers to learning and helping our students to experience success.


These are the values Portland School believe in:


British Values

Co-operative Values

at Portland School



Giving stakeholders a say in how the school is run


School Council

Key Stage Champions (represented on interviews)

Using language of Choice

Governor involvement

Primary pupils have input in topic choice


Rule of Law


Supporting each other


Class and School conduct system (positive Mouth, Safe Body, etc.)

Reward time system

Cross Key Stage mentoring


Individual Liberty


To take responsibility for, and answer to, our actions


Reward structure designed to support independence

Rights and Responsibilities emphasised

Stop Think Do (Primary)

Restorative approach


Mutual Respect


Equal rights, and benefits according to need


Being fair and unbiased


Emotional awareness (recognising peoples’ emotions and being respectful of them)

Team building activities. Personal Social and Health Education PSHE

Challenge Troop

Forest Schools Activities

Pupils, students, parents carers involvement in annual reviews,

Personal Education Plan PEP meeting


Acceptance of Different faith and Beliefs

Self Help

Encouraging all to help each other by working together


Religious Education

Personal Social and Health Education PSHE lessons

Modelling good practice (we have a staff from a range of ethnic and religious backgrounds).

Challenging bullying or comments based on peoples’ differences.

Promotion of difference



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