Welcome to Portsdown School!


On behalf of the governors and staff, I would like to welcome you to the Portsdown School and Early Years website. I hope you find the information helpful and that it gives you a taste of the happy, industrious school that we are.

I am delighted to be taking over the school as Headteacher of such an amazing school. I have worked in Portsmouth schools for 19 years and am passionate about the children in our City. The children are at the heart of all I do. I believe strongly that they all should enjoy their learning and have high expectations of what they can achieve so that they can succeed in the future. Underpinning this is the provision of a rich, exciting learning experience for all children. This cannot be done in isolation and therefore the school should be at the heart of its community with parents and carers playing a key role.

Everyone at Portsdown is immensely proud of our school. The main school was rated 'Good' by Ofsted during our inspection in December 2014. The behaviour and safety of pupils was rated as ‘Outstanding.’ In February 2015 our Nursery provision was rated as ‘Outstanding.’ You can see why we are proud of our school. Our journey to being Outstanding in all areas has started.

Portsdown is a caring school, with a team of dedicated professionals which is here to ensure that the children get the most from their education. Every member of staff is committed to providing the children with a happy, well-disciplined environment where the children can make the most of every learning opportunity offered to them. We aim to be a school where all the children are inspired to see learning as a lifelong experience, thus empowering them to make good choices in later life.

The school promotes the best possible academic, cultural and moral values in a compassionate environment. All our children, regardless of background, culture, religious belief or ability, are equally valued, supported and challenged.

We look forward to your child coming to this school and we will do our best to make this a successful and happy period of time in their lives.

Ash Vaghela