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Portland Place School

56-58 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NJ

Located in the heart of the City of Westminster, Portland Place School is an independent co-educational day school for students aged 10-16. A wide range of the Arts benefit from the Central location, allowing students to attend art exhibitions, classical...

Phone: 02073078700

Website: www.portland-place.co.uk

Head: Mr David Bradbury

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Located in the heart of the City of Westminster, Portland Place School is an independent co-educational day school for students aged 10-16. A wide range of the Arts benefit from the Central location, allowing students to attend art exhibitions, classical and modern musical productions, and a multitude of theatrical performances. Sports facilities such as Regent’s Park, Paddington Recreation Ground and the Oasis Sports Centre are utilised for students’ use, with many extra-curricular clubs available. Leavers have preferential entry to DLD College for Sixth Form due to the Schools’ strong link, though many go on to attend establishments such as St Pauls, Ashbourne College, the Brit School, and Mill Hill.

Portland Place conducts baseline assessment tests prior to admission to the school, along with an interview with the Headmaster. They assert their identity as ‘a non-collaborative school with a collaborative ethos that instils a sense of self-belief in [their] students’. There are limited scholarships available to Year 7 and Year 9 applicants, and bursaries are not available, though there is a live appeal for the bursary fund. Portland Place School students follow their own individual learning programme, and the school has introduced measures such as the Strive Programme in order to bolster their students’ curiosity, and catalyse their creativity, with a ‘Strive Celebration’ at the end of the year to showcase the projects students have undertaken throughout the year. 

Their charity relationships are notable, supporting both local and national charities. Portland Place supports their students’ volunteering for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and prizes their relationship with the Livingstone Foundation in Tanzania – to which students visit on a bi-annual basis. In keeping with contemporary working practices, Portland Place School also offers a unique Hybrid School approach, in which students may work from home using school-provided iPads, and may attend the physical school either one or two days a week. Alternatively, students may attend school virtually for the whole week, being educated completely online. The School’s ethos is ‘to be small, nurturing and inspirational.’

Sector: Independent

Type: Junior School, Senior School, Through School

Day/Boarding: Day Only

Setting: City

Total Pupils: 202

Ages Covered: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Gender: Co-ed

Religious Ethos: None

Opening Date: 10/6/1988

Sibling Policy: Yes

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Selection: Academically Selective