Ethos & Values

Portland Academy Mission Statement:

To Value, To Respect, To Promote Optimum Learning.


Ascent Academies Trust Vision:

To provide outstanding education and support for young people with special educational needs.

  • Learning and Curriculum

The provision of the highest quality teaching is of paramount importance. Pupils need to experience a wide range of motivating and challenging, well-pitched learning opportunities. Teacher expertise will identify barriers to learning and plan ways to overcome these. There is a belief that all pupils can succeed whatever their individual circumstances.

  • Leadership

We will provide an environment in which everyone is encouraged and supported to develop leadership and management competencies. This will enable Ascent to maximise the talent within the trust and plan for succession. We will review the progress made by the Trust against the organisation’s overall investment. We will challenge any under-performance.

  • Collaboration and Partnership

The Trust is committed to the development of education practice by maximising collaboration across all academies within the trust. We will use wider partnerships, such as parents, multi-disciplinary teams, community links, teaching schools and businesses to enhance provision. The Trust will pursue opportunities for income generation.

  • Inclusivity and Equality

Ascent in an inclusive Trust, the skills and experience of staff are valued and utilised in striving for excellence. No groups are discriminated against. We value each person equally whilst being mindful of the needs of the whole Trust.

  • Investment and Opportunity

We will invest in our staff to provide them with the necessary training and support in order that the aims of the Trust can be met. We embrace and celebrate continuous learning and create a culture where all learning is valued. All staff are given the opportunity to make the most of their potential through fair and open access to training. We are committed to the most efficient and effective use of resources to support training needs.

  • Continuous Improvement

All staff and governors clearly understand the core values of the Trust and the way it operates. Leaders across the trust act in line with these values, encouraging people to work towards the aims of the organisation. Leaders ensure that the core values are at the heart of the organisation’s strategy and govern the way it operates. Leaders of the academies provide challenge and support for each other in order that improvement is central to our work.


British Values

Our formal and informal curriculum promotes the important role which students play in British society. British values play an integral part in this and we seek to increase knowledge, understanding and promotion of living in a diverse society with freedom of choice and democracy at a level that is appropriate and meaningful to our students.

We promote British values through Personal and Social Education and Citizenship lessons which run alongside whole school assemblies and focus events. The Academy also takes every opportunity across the curriculum to link subject content to British values