About the School

Portal House School is a small Special School for pupils who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.  (SEMH)

In September 2004, the School was redesignated as a day school for up to 70 secondary age pupils with the above needs.

Type of School:Kent County Council Community Special School for secondary age pupils who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs.
Age Range:
11-16 years.
73 pupils currently 2021.


Portal House School seeks to:

  1. Improve pupils’ level of educational attainment, within a safe, caring and healthy school environment, which enables pupils to behave appropriately, and develops their self-esteem.
  2. Liaise positively with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the needs of pupils are met.
  3. Provide appropriate training and support for all staff working at the School.
  4. Work with other schools and the community to share our expertise and develop inclusive opportunities for pupils.
  5. Prepare pupils for the wider outside world, so that they can relate confidently to others and have the necessary academic skills to succeed.