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The Harbour School

About our school
The Harbour School makes provision for pupils aged 9 to 16 who have a wide range of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs and provides a behaviour support service for all ages to mainstream schools.

We deliver a range of services:

  • Special School and Alternative Provision for learners in Yr5 to Yr9 with SEMH Needs which cannot be met in mainstream school (The Harbour School @ Tipner).
  • Special School and Alternative Provision for learners in KS4 with SEMH Needs which cannot be met in mainstream school (The Harbour Vocational Centre).
  • Special and Alternative Provision for learners in KS3 and 4 with Medical Needs which cannot be met in mainstream school, Medical Tuition for learners who are too ill to attend school and Hospital Education (The Harbour School Medical Provision).
  • Special School Provision for learners with complex SEMH Needs as an alternative to out of city placement (The Harbour School @ Stamshaw and The Bridge).
The schools SEN Information Report can be found by clicking  here
Who is able to attend our school?
The Harbour School provides specialist longer term support for pupils whose SEMH needs cannot currently be met in a mainstream school.  Placement is determined by Portsmouth Local Authority in consultation with parents/carers following educational, medical and psychological assessments leading to the completion of a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan.  The pupils represent the same range of ability found in mainstream secondary schools with some who may have learning difficulties and others who are gifted and talented.  Pupils may be dual registered and/or dual attended with another mainstream or special school or single registered.
Pupils with a wide range of medical difficulties which prevent them attending school receive support and provision from The Harbour School.  These difficulties include physical illness including hospitalisation and a range of emotional needs that are preventing them from attending mainstream school.  In general, the support for those with a physical illness will be provided either in the hospital or at home by the school’s Individual Tuition Service and referrals will be made directly to the school.  Those with emotional needs are provided with Time Out places in the school and will be referred through the Inclusion Support Panel
How do we make sure we provide a quality education for SEND children?
National standards as monitored through Ofsted Inspections which are available on the school’s website
Local Authority monitoring of pupil progress
How to get a place at the school
Through the Inclusion Support Panel
Who to contact if you are unhappy with the school or to make a complaint
Initially in writing to the Headteacher of the school.  Further information on the complaints procedure can be obtained from the school.
Contact Details:
The Harbour School,
Tipner Lane,
PO2 8RA.
Tel :  023 9266 5664


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