Welcome to The Harbour School.
The Harbour School is a local authority controlled Special School and Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). The school was founded in 2007 under the Power to Innovate initiative and has built its ethos on ensuring that every learner is supported to develop the skills and opportunities to succeed in their time at the school and for their life beyond school.
We endeavour to help our learners to feel they matter and belong, enabling them to improve their social, emotional and academic skills to be the best that they can be. We take a personalised approach for each child and young person and place importance on:
The school provides education for Portsmouth pupils who are unable to attend mainstream school
for either Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Needs or medical reasons. There are 95
places for learners with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs), 105 Alternative Provision (AP)
places and 38 places funded from the ‘medical block’.
The school deliver a range of services:
The school makes provision for learners who require a short period of Alternative Provision away from mainstream school and for learners with long term and complex SEMH Needs. We operate under an SLA with Portsmouth City Council and are in the process of converting to academy status.
Four sites across Portsmouth are currently used to deliver the range of provision. A new building is eing constructed during 2017/18 to replace one of the existing buildings in line with phase 3 of our move to an offer which includes more vocational options.
In March 2012 and again in June 2015 Ofsted assessed the school to be good in all areas. Three Challenge Partners Reviews at The Harbour School have also assessed Teaching and Learning, School Improvement Strategies and Outcomes for Pupils to be good (2014, 2016 and 2018). The most recent Challenge Partners Review (March 2018) assessed the:
Challenge Partners (2014) recognised the following areas of excellent practice at THS, stating that ‘this is an area of excellent practice that could have national significance’:
Challenge Partners (2016) recognised the provision at The Harbour School for pupils who are not able to attend school for medical reasons as an area of excellence.
THS won an award for supporting children’s social and emotional resilience from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (2014).
In addition, THS has been cited for outstanding practice in the Public Health England document Promoting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing (2015) for:
In addition to a broad and balanced curriculum offering both academic and vocational pathways The Harbour School uses a range of evidence-based interventions and approaches to best meet the needs of our learners including:
The Harbour School takes a personalised approach based on individual needs with every learner having an Individual Learning Plan and following one of the following pathways:
We hope this website offers helpful information for you, but please do contact us if you would like to find out more about what we could offer for your child. Thank you for your interest in our school.
Ian Hunkin – Headteacher, The Harbour School