CELEBRATING OUR SUCCESS!
ASSOCIATION FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION
We are delighted that we have been awarded the AfPE Quality Mark for PE and sport. Portfield School is the first special school in Wales to meet all the high standards of this prestigious award by demonstrating commitment and progress in physical education, sports development, fitness and wellbeing. Well done to all!
INVESTORS IN PEOPLE
In November 2014 Portfield School achieved it’s Investors in People Bronze Award, after many staff were interviewed and the school reassessed. The school has held the Investors in People status continuously since 2000. The Award acknowledges the school’s continual commitment:
- Strategies in place for improving performance
- Strategies for learning and development
- Strategies for managing and developing staff
- Leadership and management strategies
- Recognition of the value of staff and their contributions
- Practices for decision making
- Measuring the performance of the school
- Strategies for continuous improvement
The school is delighted to achieve this Investors in People Bronze Award as it acknowledges the commitment and dedication of all staff.
UNICEF RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOLS
We are delighted to announce that we have now achieved our Level 2 Award. The UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award recognises that our school has the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of the school’s culture and ethos to improve the well-being of every child and to nurture their talents and abilities to reach their fullest potential. We hope that this award will recognise the work that we do to empower our students to become active citizens and learners.
HEALTHY SCHOOLS INITIATIVE
Having previously achieved the Healthy Schools Award, we have been working hard towards the Welsh Assembly NAHPS Award (National Award for Health Promoting Schools) and are delighted to announce that we have become one of the first Special Schools in Wales to achieve this prestigious Award. A whole school approach has been implemented and the school Well Being Committee plans for whole school action, with meetings taking place regularly with the Healthy School Co-ordinator. The award recognises 7 health topics that should be covered throughout a school’s involvement in the scheme:
- Food and Fitness
- Mental and Emotional Health and Well Being
- Personal Development and Relationships
- Substance Use and Misuse
- Safety and
ACTIVE MARC CYMRU AWARD
We are delighted to have achieved this award from Sport Wales and the Association for Physical Education in recognition of our commitment to developing high quality physical education and school sport and for promoting the benefits of physical activity.
The Award recognises the high priority that all our staff place on pupils’ physical development and well being, as well as the diversity of opportunities on offer through the PE curriculum and elsewhere throughout the School.
SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS/ECO AWARD
Portfield School has achieved the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Acorn Sustainable Schools Award and proudly displays the tree plaques in our entrance foyer in lower school. We have also achieved the Silver Eco School Award.
WELSH HERITAGE AWARD
We have won this prestigious award for the last five years! In 2015 our project was ‘Pembrokeshire’s got Talent – Books, Authors and Stories‘ and investigated local authors and their work. The judges were full of praise for the pupils and the way they could tell them all about the work and research they had done. They felt the pupils were a credit to our school and that their hard work reflected the work and creativity of the staff in planning and teaching the projects.
Children at Portfield School are at the forefront of using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their work, and that’s official! Following extensive reassessment in January 2016, Portfield School was reaccredited the prestigious Naace (National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education) Mark by Becta, the Government-funded body responsible for promoting the use of ICT in Britain’s schools and colleges. The award recognises our success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum. Congratulations to all the pupils, staff, Governors and parents who made this possible.
CAREERS WALES QUALITY MARK
The school was first presented with the Careers Wales Quality Mark in July 2007. We were delighted to be one of the first Special Schools in Wales to achieve this award. Our commitment to work experience and preparing our young people for the world of work has once again been recognised in 2015.
BASIC SKILLS / QUALITY AWARD
In July 2010 the school was re-assessed by an external advisor and we were delighted to be successful in meeting the criteria for achieving the Basic Skills Quality Standard in both Primary and Secondary areas for another 3 years. The criteria are a range of skills that include: * effective assessments * improving literacy and numeracy standards * staff training * planning and monitoring progress * evaluating how effective we are We have now held this award since 2001 (it changed from the ‘Basic Skills Quality Mark’ to ‘Quality Award’ in 2008).
OUTSTANDING SCHOOL TEAM AWARD 2010
Portfield School’s team of 80 staff are, without doubt, outstanding. Our dedicated staff develop their own skills and knowledge to enable them to help pupils achieve their very best. Staff will also go the extra mile, volunteering to run lunchtime, football, gardening clubs, Duke of Edinburgh and Hairdressing sessions and enabling students to take part in competitions and presentations by accompanying them to places such as London and Cardiff and on residential courses. Governors are hugely supportive, they know the school well and love to come in to support events and celebrations as well as volunteering when time permits. Our parents play a vital part in the education of their children and we see them as part of the school team, encouraging close links between home and school.
Cleaners take great pride in both our buildings and also attend training sessions.
Parents and professionals in Pembrokeshire recognise the high quality care and education that staff deliver at Portfield School to enable every child to develop and have fun.