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New Term For Portland Academy


9:36am 10th September 2012
(Updated 12:14pm 10th September 2012)

The Principal Designate of the new Portland Academy says the welfare and education of students is her overriding priority.

Alison Appleyard is promising parents that changes in the transition year will be phased in gradually.

The Academy opened at the sites of its four founding schools, The Grove, Brackenbury and Underhill, Southwell and Royal Manor last week.

From September next year youngsters will either attend a new £15m campus at Southwell or one at Osprey Quay.

Principal Designate Alison Appleyard said: "After years of planning by our four schools, their governors and the sponsors, this is a tremendous day for the Academy and for our students. It has been a superb effort by a great number of people since our Funding Agreement was announced in April to get to opening day.

"Today, however, is just the start of what will be an exciting journey. The welfare and education of our students is the overriding priority for me, our Heads of Campus and staff at all times and changes in this transition year will be phased in carefully. We all share a commitment to develop for Portland's children an outstanding new school and sixth form that equips them with the skills, attributes and qualifications necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing world."

You can listen to our full interview with Alison here:


Nicola Rowlands, a parent with a child attending the Academy who has been selected as one of Dorset County Council's representatives on the Academy's Governing Board added: "It is my hope that the Academy will provide the building blocks and inspiration to enable the students to have the desire, ambition and enthusiasm to achieve their own ambitions whatever their pathway."

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