Cottage Grove Primary School

Special schools

Cliffdale Primary Academy
Cliffdale Primary Academy is a designated special school which caters for children between 4 and 11 years of age who have complex learning difficulties; many of whom also have autism. All pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs.
Mary Rose Academy
Mary Rose is a designated special school which caters for children aged between 3 and 19 years of age who are experiencing severe and complex learning difficulties. Some children may have a complexity of special educational needs including physical difficulties, medical conditions and varying degrees of sensory impairment.
Redwood Park Academy
Redwood Park is a designated special school which caters for children between 11 and 16 years of age who are experiencing severe learning difficulties and austism spectrum disorders.
The Harbour School
The Harbour School is a special school for pupils aged 9 to 16 who have a wide range of social, emotional, mental health (SEMH) and medical needs. The Harbour school also provide alternative provision placements for secondary school pupils and provides a behaviour support service for all ages to mainstream schools.
The Willows Centre for Children
The Willows is a community special school. It is also a children’s centre and a day care provider. Children who are referred as pupils have a wide range of special needs and they learn and play alongside typically developing children who attend the day care provision.

Inclusion centres attached to mainstream schools

Inclusion centres are mainstream schools with additionally resourced provision to enable them to support children with an EHCP who require a higher level of support than ordinarily available within a mainstream school. There are nine inclusion centres in the city, providing additional specialist support for children with the following needs:


Autism spectrum disorders
Sensory impairment
Social emotional and mental health / alternative provision

Highbury College is a large general further education establishment that provides a full range of courses and student support services including additional learning support. It offers support for students with learning, emotional, behavioural, personal and mental health difficulties.

Portsmouth College offers a broad range of courses for both the 16-18 and 19+ age groups.