Strong joint leadership combined with nurture and academic achievement are at the heart of Atlantic Academy Portland’s transformation into one of Dorset’s top schools.

Places available for Reception and Year 7, September 2024 start. 


How to Apply

To apply to Atlantic Academy, please submit an application form to Dorset Council. 

For any guidance on admissions, please contact


As an all-through, once your child starts in Reception you will never have to worry about finding a new school again. The transition from primary to secondary will be a seamless and well-supported journey.

Our goal is to deliver an exciting and engaging curriculum, to improve outcomes for all our students and provide opportunities for cultural enrichment.  We want all our students to live happy, healthy and productive lives.

Under the guidance of Principals Melissa Heppell and Lesley Bishop, Atlantic Academy, which is surrounded by breathtaking sea views, proudly sits at the top of the NPP fairer schools league table for Secondary Progress 8 in Dorset, and students in Primary make above average progress with Key Stage 2 Assessments.

The top ranking of our school is a reflection of the ethos that runs through the school: To combine academic prowess with character, commitment and confidence.

Our school’s unique nature and small size ensures that we know all of our school community, enabling us to provide the highest expectations of our students.


Our Reception class is designed to support a play-based curriculum which enables all pupils to flourish and grow into happy, confident children who are ready to start the next stage of their learning journey in Key Stage 1.

Year 7

Our Secondary curriculum which starts in Year 7 focuses on an educational framework that delivers high aspirations and high levels of academic performance alongside the development of our No limits Curriculum with a focus on future employability skills:

  • High expectations
  • Employability
  • Opportunity
  • Innovation and Enterprise
  • Challenge and Engagement
  • Talent Development
  • Makers and Creators
  • Global citizens

We will always begin the process of working with yourself, your child and staff at your child’s current school to ensure that your child has a smooth transition into Atlantic Academy for a September start.


Where next

Admissions and Appeals

Admission Information The admission arrangements for the Academy, subject to any changes approved by the Secretary of State, for subsequent years are: In the primary…

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