PORTLAND PLACE MOVES FROM ONE GREAT ACADEMIC YEAR TO THE NEXT

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Portland Place School closed the academic year on a triumphant note, being on track again to secure 100% conditional offers for their pupils in creative arts undergraduate courses for first choice universities. The school is now looking forward to the academic year 2016/17, and is interviewing for Sixth Form places for September 2016 entry…

The hard work and success of pupils was celebrated at the end of term with a Summer Concert at Rada Studios and the annual Arts Exhibition at Portland Place School. The Summer Concert was made up of group or solo performances from various genres, including reggae, swing, film music and musical theatre.

Anton Soldchenko performed his own composition. In September Anton will be moving on to the next stage of his academic career at the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Portland Place School closed the academic year on track to secure 100% conditional offers for their pupils in creative arts undergraduate courses.

Frances Bickerstaff was one pupil exhibiting her work at the Arts Exhibition. She produced a painting from a photograph of friends and family restaging Judith Beheads Holofernes by Caravaggio. Frances replicated Caravaggio’s use of the technique known as Chiaroscuro, the treatment of light and dark in a painting.

Frances Bickerstaff exhibited her work, a painting from a photograph of friends and family restaging Judith Beheads Holofernes by Caravaggio, at the Arts Exhibition

‘It was amazing to see my work showcased for so many people to see and I appreciate Portland Place supporting and recognising my achievements,’ said Frances. ‘The teaching in the sixth form is great and the teachers really get to know you individually, and treat you as an individual.’

Frances Bickerstaff exhibited her work, inspired by Caravaggio, at the Arts Exhibition

Frances Bickerstaff exhibited her work, inspired by Caravaggio, at the Arts Exhibition

Portland Place School considers opportunities to showcase individual talents as a central part of a wider message about teaching and learning both inside and outside the classroom. Their mantra ‘Persevere, Perform, Succeed’ is underwritten into daily life.

Those lucky enough to start their academic career at preparatory level at the school understand instinctively the importance of diverse and distinct abilities in contributing to the wider community. The small class sizes and high teacher to pupil ratios ensure that these abilities are recognised early and encouraged with a wide-range of extra-curricular activities and events. These opportunities complement learning in the classroom.

Small class sizes and a high teacher to pupil ratio ensures that abilities are recognised early and encouraged with a wide-range of extra-curricular activities

Pupils also regularly compete regionally, nationally and internationally in sports, academic events and creative arts competitions. Most recently Freya Glenn in year 12 has been called up to represent the Scotland National U17 Football Team in a series of challenge matches in Iceland.

Senior pupils are given additional opportunities to contribute to the school in other ways, such as through school mentoring schemes and overseas volunteering events. This summer pupils were given the chance to make a difference to the lives of fellow school children in Tanzania. They raised £7,000 to build facilities and renovate classrooms, and travelled to Tanzania in July to work on the project. One pupil commented: ‘It is an experience that will stay with us for the rest of lives and change us for the better.’

Portland Place pupils' hard work was celebrated at the end of term with a Summer Concert at Rada Studios

Pupils’ hard work was celebrated at the end of term with a Summer Concert at Rada Studios

Portland Place is now interviewing for Sixth Form places for September 2016 entry Contributing to the community outside the classroom is not only a key part of pupil development. For sixth formers it provides essential opportunities to strengthen university applications. Taking part outside the classroom identifies key skills to Admissions Officers.

Recent university destinations have included The University of East Anglia for International Relations and Politics, London Southbank University for Digital Design, Roehampton University for Drama Studies, University College London for Management Science, and Queen Mary London for Physics with Particle Physics.

Following on from record A level results last week, Portland Place School is celebrating some exceptional performances by their GCSE students. In an increasingly challenging time for examinations, 85% of their pupils achieved 5 A*-C grades.

Portland Place is now interviewing for Sixth Form places for September 2016 entry. Interviews will take place between Tuesday 30 August and Friday 2 September 2016. The school Principal, Mr David Hyman, is always delighted to meet with prospective pupils and their parents. To arrange a visit or for further information, email admin@portland-place.co.uk, call 020 7307 8700 or see portland-place.co.uk