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 re-designated 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.
80 pupils currently from January 2022.


1.To secure for students high levels of educational attainment through a rigorous focus on progress.
2. To enable students to develop personal resilience and self-awareness.
3. To improve students’ social skills and foster British values and citizenship.
4. To improve students’ social and cultural awareness.
5. To prepare students for life beyond Portal House School.
6. To ensure that identified additional needs of students are met.
7. To ensure that all students leave Portal House with high levels of literacy and numeracy.
8. To work effectively with schools, professionals and the community in sharing our expertise and developing inclusive
opportunities for students.

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, careers 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.

The School Rules:

1. Be in the right place (be safe).
2. We do as we are asked.
3. We speak politely to everyone.
4. We do not hurt anyone.
5. We respect other people’s possessions and property.
6. We do not swear.