Message from the Headteacher

 Welcome to Portway Junior School! 

I am very proud to be the Head Teacher at Portway; we are a happy, vibrant three-form entry junior school with a great 'family feel'. We have very strong links with both Portway Infant and Harrow Way Community Schools as well as excellent links with other primary and secondary schools in Andover.

We are very proud of all of our children. Our staff work very hard to ensure that our curriculum is varied, current and vibrant with lots of opportunities to engage and motivate children to learn well. We are creative in our approaches to learning and aim for our children to develop into well-rounded and mature young people ready for secondary school. Our staff team are highly dedicated and educate, nurture and care for each of our pupils to a very high standard. Pastoral leadership is also a significant strength of our school and all staff work very closely together to ensure that every child is supported very effectively.

The school is characterised by the strong partnerships, which exist between the pupils, staff, parents and governors. We are very much part of the local community and we seek to develop and maintain these good links. Our PTA is fantastic and work very hard to provide some great activities throughout the year and these raise valuable extra funds for our school. 

We believe in being open, friendly and honest in our communications.  Every week we write and circulate a newsletter known as the Portway Press, which keeps all in our community up-to-date with news and events.  We recognise that through the hard work and commitment of all those in school we have been able to build on and maintain our high standards. Portway has good academic standards but we are also proud of our achievements in sport, music, drama and art. In February 2019, we were delighted to receive a very positive report from OfSTED and we aim to build on that success over the coming months and years.

Our school was built in 1952 with the Y3 wing added in the 1970s; it is a spacious and attractive place in which to learn. We have two computer suites, two well stocked and vibrant libraries, a large hall with a purpose built stage which is used for assemblies and performances and a separate dining room. Our field extends to some seven acres and is marked out at various times during the school year for a wide variety of sports and athletics events and competitions to take place.  We are lucky to have our own school garden where we grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers. 

We are fortunate to have a school that has modern facilities, but also a long tradition of being at the very heart of the local community.  I am proud of all we achieve at Portway Junior School and, alongside the dedicated staff team, believe we offer a happy and friendly atmosphere where children grow to their full potential and become responsible and caring members of the community.  

Tim Deery

Head Teacher

Vision and Values Statement


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