At Ark Ayrton Primary Academy we ‘Aspire and Achieve’ for all our pupils. We do this through a fully inclusive approach both socially and academically and plan carefully to meet the needs of each pupil to ensure that, as individuals or as groups of pupils, they are not disadvantaged in any aspect of academy life.

We aim to be an inclusive academy and offer equality of opportunity, recognising the needs of all our pupils individually and in the context of the following groups:
• Boys and girls
• Pupils in receipt of Free School Meals and those that are not
• Pupils with disabilities and /or special educational needs
• Pupils with English as an additional language
• Pupils from minority faiths, ethnicities, travellers, asylum seekers, refugees
• Looked After pupils
• Pupils who are Gifted and Talented

All members of our academy are valued. They receive a full and warm welcome, acceptance and opportunities to develop positive relationships with their peers and adults alongside a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which aims to meet any needs they may have.

All policies within our school support inclusion, and are reflected in the Academy Improvement Plan.

Ark Ayrton Primary Academy is designed over two levels with classes on both floors.  The entrance to the school is ramped to allow for easy access and our reception area complies with DDA recommendations.  A disabled parking bay is provided adjacent to the front entrance.

The school has toilets suitable for disabled access on site for both adults and children and child appropriate shower facilities are available as necessary.  Whilst access to the upper floors is restricted to ambulant users, provision will be made for any pupil with a disability for whom necessary access to the first floor would be essential.

We work closely with the local authority's sensory impairment team to ensure that provision is in place should the school admit a child with an additional hearing or visual need.

If you have any questions relating to your child and inclusion our full Inclusion Policy is available in the academy office or you can make an appointment at the office to meet with our Inclusion Manager Mrs Chapman.

The Portsmouth Local Offer

If you have a child with a special educational need or disability, there is a website called The Portsmouth Local Offer where you can find information about Portsmouth City Council services, local schools, support groups and other information. The website has been created in partnership with parents and local services, and there is information about the new Education Health and Care Plans. You can also contact the Portsmouth Information, Advice and Support Service for free, impartial and confidential advice regarding your child, on the following number:-

Tel: 023 92732 542 Email:

Ark Ayrton Inclusions Policy 2020