Welcome to

Mary Rose Academy

We hope you enjoy your journey around our website and that it helps you to learn about our achievements and the exciting developments that are taking place.

We are a special school for 142 pupils aged 2-19 years who have severe and complex learning difficulties. In addition to their learning difficulties the majority of pupils have other needs associated with physical disabilities, autistic spectrum condition and medical conditions. We have been judged as outstanding in our last 3 Ofsted inspections and are proud to have been recognised as a school that provides a great education for our pupils

Mary Rose is a member of the Solent Academies Trust, a partnership of schools including Cliffdale Primary Academy and Redwood Park Academy. Together we ensure that our pupils experience the very best education possible and achieve great things. We also lead the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance working with Portsmouth schools to drive up standards for all Portsmouth pupils.

Mary Rose Academy has high expectations and is committed to ensuring that all our pupils achieve the best possible outcomes. You will discover an academy that has created the most stimulating learning environment, a relevant and challenging curriculum and an active partnership with families and the communities in which our pupils live, work and play. It really is a place to build dreams.  Don't take our word for it, find out for yourself...

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Our Vision at Mary Rose Academy

We believe that Mary Rose Academy is a place of learning that is magical for our pupils. Our pupils enjoy their learning and as a result their minds open up and they benefit from all the opportunities on offer.

Each member of our team has a critical part to play, a chance to grow and develop, move forward and focus on the belief that all things are possible

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PE and Sport at Mary Rose Academy

Mary Rose Academy thrives on its success as a Specialist Sports College and a Youth Sports Trust Gold Partner. 

Our focus is on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, encouraging participation in a full range of activities to support the learning of all our pupils across all subject areas.

We embrace the Paralympic vision of:

  • Courage: being the very best we can be
  • Determination: demonstrating the all things are possible
  • Inspiration: exciting others to participate in sport
  • Equality: helping to increase inclusion by breaking down social barriers and discrimination

Our Ofsted Reports

We were judged as 'outstanding' for the second time in our Ofsted inspection on Oct 15th/16th 2013.

We received outstanding judgements in all areas – Achievement, Quality of teaching, Behaviour and safety of pupils and Leadership and Management. The Ofsted team described us as being an outstanding school in which “Exceptional personal and academic opportunities ensure that the school makes an enormous difference to the lives of pupils and their families.”

Latest news and blog posts

27th June 2017
General news
A fantastic time on the Wet Wheels trip!

A fantastic time on the Wet Wheels trip!

Stingray had a fantastic time on the Wet Wheels trip. They were able to go on a power boat which was accessible for wheel chairs. They went for a trip around GunWharf Harbour, out into open water and then were able to have a go at piloting. Denim made sure the skipper knew what he was doing, informing him when they needed to go faster. Chanay loved feeling the waves and getting very wet. Grace and Theo were the fastest hitting an impressive 31 knots. Many thanks to Wet Wheels who generously provided this trip for our pupils free of charge.

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26th June 2017
Press release
Sun Safety

Sun Safety

Ready for the June heat wave Mary Rose had their annual sun safety assembly. Pupils came armed with suns they had made to bring lots of sunshine into the hall. New staff, donned with poncho’s, were smothered in sun cream by very helpful pupils in order to protect their skin from burning in the hot sun. Alan in Mayflower enjoyed having lots of sun cream rubbed into his beard by Bradley. Angie may never have to put sun cream on again thanks to Noah! All classes had brought sun cream with them and enjoyed putting it on their friends and staff. One pupil from each class took part in a sun hat and sunglasses parade to remind everyone to wear a hat and sunglasses to protect our head and eyes. The winner of the ‘coolest class’ was Fearless. Perry was wearing a great sun hat, covered in balloons with sun safety tips written on them. To help keep cool everyone made a fan, which was so useful as the hall was starting to get very hot. We were reminded by Adventure to class to sit in the shade. They had made a beautiful palm tree for us to sit under and keep cool whilst we sang. Finally, all classes had forgotten to bring water to drink, as we need to drink lots more water when it gets hot. Luckily Jo and Jess were on hand to spray water over everyone to help them stay cool.

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21st June 2017
General news
Governors Meeting – June 2017

Governors Meeting – June 2017

Last week some very special visitors came in to meet with our school council (Shout) to ask them about their future hopes and dreams. Shout were surprised to find Spiderman, a Stormtrooper, a giant bunny, Stephanie from Lazy Town, a banana and a turkey waiting for them in the meeting room! Our governors had decided to dress up in fancy dress for the meeting to show the pupils their alter egos! The pupils had prepared photographs to help them to talk about their hopes for the future. Abbie said that next year she would like to do more writing and improve her handwriting. When she leaves school, she would like to help others and teach others new things. Abbie recently visited Portsmouth College where she had the chance to teach signing to pupils from other schools who were attending a workshop there. Garth said that next year he would like to stay with his friends in Discovery. When he is older he would like to play with computers. Scott said that next year he would like to stay with his friends in Wembley, go on holiday and go to Beechside. When he is older he would like to have a job, maybe working in Tesco. Scott had recently been able to speak to pupils who had been on work experience in Tesco. The governors were really impressed with how much the pupils had thought about their ideas and how some of them had started to make some of these things possible already.

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26th May 2017
General news
Kings Court School Visit!

Kings Court School Visit!

A lovely visit to the Academy from King Court School!

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