The Portsmouth Academy Goes Co-Ed!

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School today welcomes first male students in its history as it starts new chapter. The Portsmouth Academy (TPA) today becomes co-educational – welcoming boys for the first time and ushering in a new era at the school.

The change, supported by Portsmouth City Council and approved by the Government, has been hugely popular with parents, with all 200 Year 7 places filled, split evenly between boys and girls. The school is looking forward to expanding its intake further next year.

TPA – which is rated Outstanding for Leadership – is a member of the growing Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), and is becoming co-educational so boys can access the high quality education at the school, and benefit from a TSAT education from primary to secondary school.  Its ethos centres on the Thinking School model, an innovative cognitive teaching method empowering children by helping them better understand how their minds work.

The new co-educational cohort follows hot on the heel of the school’s success in this year’s GCSEs:

  • 83% of students are from disadvantaged backgrounds, which puts the school in the top 1% of the country for that measure
  • Proving that background is no barrier to academic achievement at the school, 76% of all qualifications were Grade C (equivalent Grade 4) or above
  • TPA is also delighted to have maintained their record of more than a quarter of all grades at A*or A, which is all the more impressive given that GCSEs are widely thought to have been made harder this year

A full induction programme for the new joiners over the summer included a visit to the Royal Marines Museum, taster lessons, a chance to meet tutors, and receiving “thinking training”. The school is also inviting interested parents of prospective Year 7 students for the 2018-19 academic year to attend an Open Evening on Wednesday 20th September, 6-8pm.


Natalie Sheppard, Principal of The Portsmouth Academy said:

“We are so delighted to be joined today by our first group of boys. We have hugely enjoyed getting to know all our new Year 7 students over the summer and look forward to seeing co-educational learning in our classrooms for the very first time.

“I am a firm believer in the merits of co-education, and how it can raise standards for both boys and girls.

“Our sustained improvement in GCSEs is testament to the truly great teaching which is delivered every day by our hard-working and dedicated teachers. I thank all our brilliant staff, who work tirelessly to provide an outstanding education for our children and transform their life chances.”


TPA was the first accredited Thinking School in the city, and is one of only about 100 schools in the country to receive the prestigious award from the University of Exeter.