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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

28th February 2017
General news
A Hat Fit To Meet The Queen!

A Hat Fit To Meet The Queen!

During Friday’s assembly we held a contest for classes to design a hat for Alison for her trip to meet the Queen on 28th Feb to receive her OBE. Each class entered at least one hat for Alison to try on, these were then shortlisted for pupils to choose the winner. The hats were extremely creative and showcased the talents of our pupils perfectly! We had lots of hats based on the school logo, one had ten clues about Alison hidden inside, one had a poem to read and some were very sensory with lots to touch, smell and hear! The three shortlisted hats with a short description were: Discovery – The class had used each pupil’s photograph, included as part of a 3d wire rose sculpture. Seahorses – Ten sensory roses of all sizes, shapes and textures presented in a golden presentation box. Adventure – Stylist and elegant felt hat with a side decoration in school colours. The three hats were voted for by pupils using a ‘clapometer’. (Whichever hat got the most noisy reception won!) The final positions were: 1st - Adventure Class 2nd – Seahorse Class 3rd – Discovery Class Well done everyone, we look forward to seeing the photos from the palace!

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28th January 2017
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Big Schools Birdwatch!

Big Schools Birdwatch!

In assembly today we learnt about Big School’s Birdwatch, an event run by the RSPB. We’ve decided to try and encourage as many birds as possible into our school playground. We thought carefully about the types of food birds might like to eat. During assembly we made bird feeders, we mixed together all of the nice things birds eat. On Monday morning each class will be placing the feeder they made outside and watching out for visitors.

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28th January 2017
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Celebrating the Chinese New Year!

Celebrating the Chinese New Year!

This week we celebrated the Chinese New Year in our assembly. This year is the year of the rooster. We found out that there are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and all worked out which animal year we were born in. We held a parade of the zodiac animals and learnt the Makaton signs for each one. We had a Chinese feast of noodles, prawn crackers and different sauces which we ate with chopsticks. It was a bit messy! Then a Chinese dragon performed a special dance for us and we sang a dragon dance song.

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20th January 2017
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Experienced Lots Of Scottish Things!

Experienced Lots Of Scottish Things!

To celebrate the life of the Scottish Poet, Robbie Burns, Mary Rose Academy hosted its own Highland Games and experienced lots of Scottish things. Firstly we met Robbie Burns, who had brought along Sir Andy Murray and the very fabulous Lulu…all whose Scottish accents were rather dubious! Robbie Burns was the team captain for the red team, Andy Murray the blue team, and Lulu was in charge of the green team for the Mary Rose Highland Games. Pupils were split into the teams and came prepared with colourful banners, scarfs and pomp poms to cheer on their team. The games were presided over by Lesley Frearson (the only actual Scottish person in the room!) to ensure fair play and keep the scores. Pupils competed in a number of events including tossing the caber, tattie rolling, the haggis hoola hoop, and the grand finale, the highland fling. At half time, we made sure that we rehydrated with the traditional Scottish tipple of Iron Bru, which some enjoyed, and some really did dislike. The scores were close throughout, and rather fittingly, the winners were the red team, led superbly by Robbie Burns. He received the trophy on behalf of the red team and is looking forward to defending his title next year.

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