We are proud to be one of around only 100 schools nationwide awarded with the prestigious ‘Flagship School’ status by the Inclusion Quality Mark. This award recognises our commitment to providing equal opportunities for all pupils irrespective of individual need, ability or disability and the schools commitment to continuous improvement in this area. The report in November 2020 noted:
‘The School continues to move from strength to strength in terms of its inclusive practice and has a staff that is truly working for the needs of all children.’

If you have any concerns or wish to discuss SEND at our school, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Inclusion Team.
Contact: (01702) 468461 or office@his.porticoacademytrust.co.uk

Meet Our Inclusion Team


Andrea Esp
Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion

Petra Verkooijen

Laurie Soane
Manager for Wellbeing

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DfE Autism Resource Base STAFF


Rainbow Room

T. Horton - ARB Unit Manager
H. Shine - Rainbow Room Teaching Assistant
S. Snell - Rainbow Room Assistant

Starlight Room


Y. Turner – Starlight Room Manager
- Starlight Room Teaching Assistant

KS1 Nurture Unit STAFF

E. Forsdick – Sunshine Room Manager
A. Phillips – Sunshine Room Teaching Assistant

Welcome Room

Reception Nurture Unit STAFF

S. Brooks - Welcome Room Lead
H. Riley - Welcome Room
L. Lloyd 
- Welcome Room Teaching Assistant


Speech & Language STAFF

C. Walker – Speech and Language Specialist