Our Head Teacher


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"Hello, I am Robert Faulkner and I have the privilege of being the Headteacher at Portland School.

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 Mental Health difficulties. We are here to work with them in overcoming barriers to learning and helping our students to experience success.


At Portland we are all learners, staff, pupils, students and parents. We are all looking actively at ways to improve. Staff access a wide range of training, pupils are given a creative curriculum that encourages growth, students access a wide range of qualifications as well as opportunity to learn in environments out of school, while parent support enables us to join with parents and carers in a common, effective approach.


We are committed to looking at the 'whole' child and work with Educational Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, School Nurse, The Virtual Headteachers for Looked after Children, Social Services, the Local Authority and Education Welfare Offices.


Ofsted think we are 'Good' (May 2013). If you want to make up your own mind then contact me and perhaps arrange a visit."


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