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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

6th April 2017
General news
Physical Wellbeing and Healthy Lifestyles - Spring term 2017

Physical Wellbeing and Healthy Lifestyles - Spring term 2017

It has been a very busy term for PE this term and pupils across the school have been working really hard to develop their individual and team skills and fitness.

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3rd April 2017
General news
Mary Rose Academy Rock Challenge 2017

Mary Rose Academy Rock Challenge 2017

This year’s Rock Challenge began taking shape in October. Our theme for this year introduced in a Dance Day took the inspiration from taking a look into our pupils minds and imagination. As the show grew nearer pupils confidence grew in performing the choreography and telling the story of our lead characters Super T and Doctor Mindwipe.

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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
General news
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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