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 2 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 School.  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

7th November 2016
General news
KS2 PMLD Sports & Movement Festival

KS2 PMLD Sports & Movement Festival

We were very excited to host our first PMLD Sport and movement Festival of this year and welcome Hollywater, Icknield, Cedar, Cliffdale, Shepherds Down, Purbrook, St Francis and Riverside Schools to join Seahorse and Octopus Class to take part in the event.

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22nd October 2016
General news
Mary Rose has got talent 2016

Mary Rose has got talent 2016

There are only three words which can possibly describe the talent on show for the 2016 Mary Rose has got talent contest….. Scher – maze – ing!

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20th October 2016
General news
SHOUT & CoPS

SHOUT & CoPS

On Monday 10th October 3 of our SHOUT representatives travelled to King Richard’s School in Paulsgrove to take part in a Council of Portsmouth students (COPS) summit.

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17th October 2016
General news
Harvest Festival October

Harvest Festival October

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our Harvest Festival Celebration today, it was a great occasion!

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