Portland Place School

Greater London
Boys (10 - 16)
Girls (10 - 16)
Portland Place School

Portland Place School is an independent school for boys and girls aged between 10 – 16 years, located in the heart of central London.

As a school we have always been renowned as a small, nurturing and relaxed place; a wonderful happy alternative to the highly pressurised, exam-orientated London schools.

We believe that exceptional teaching, combined with a modern curriculum inside and outside the classroom, provides the best stimulus for children to become inquisitive, open-minded and creative learners and achieve beyond exams.

We cater for a wide range of abilities and learning styles, achieving strong results at GCSE.  At Portland Place School we focus on best preparing our students for any path they wish to take, inclusive of A-level courses, BTEC, Foundation courses and apprenticeships.

More importantly, our students come to school with a smile and are proud to be part of the Portland Place School community.

David Bradbury, Headmaster

About the school

Portland Place School is a leading independent co-educational day school for children aged 10-16, located directly in the heart of the City of Westminster. It was founded with a particular purpose in mind: to be an alternative to the intense, large, examination focused independent day schools of which there are many in London.

The school ethos is to be small, nurturing and inspirational, encouraging and enabling our pupils to achieve their very best academically, with space to develop and express their creativity and athleticism.

With a high record of an overall 92% pass rate at Grades 9-4, The Good Schools Guide describes us as ‘small, nurturing and refreshingly relaxed. A haven of creativity in the pushy, academically competitive world of London day schools. A place for engaged, lively kids.’

You can visit the school on one of our morning tours, or simply make an appointment to see the school and Headmaster at a time and date convenient to you.

Portland Place School is part of the Alpha Plus Group of Schools.

Key Facts

  • Total Pupils: 251 (50 in Sixth Form)

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events

Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

Bursaries and Scholarships

To continue our drive to attract and develop talented pupils, Portland Place Schools offers a number of bursaries and scholarships. Scholarships can be worth up to 15% of the school fees and bursaries may be awarded in the form of a discount of between 5% and 50% on tuition fees payable.


Fees Information

Tuition Fees

Fees are due on or before the beginning of each term

Tuition fees are charged equally over three termly installments of £7,010 each.

Payment is required by direct debit. Please contact the Finance Office for queries on setting up a direct debit.


Extras such as public examination fees, books, and theater and museum trips will be charged at cost. Individual music tuition can be arranged with the Director of Music and is payable on receipt of invoice.

Acceptance Deposit

After an offer of a place is made, an acceptance deposit of £2,000 is required to secure the place. This is payable on acceptance and the place will be confirmed upon receipt. The acceptance deposit is returned when the pupil leaves the school.

Admissions Process

How to apply

This first step is to arrange a visit to PPS. You can join an Open Day to hear from our pupils, teachers and our Headmaster.

The entrance examinations for Year 7 to Year 10 entry are held in the January of year of entry.  Although 2019 formal entry has now closed, please contact our Registrar to discuss occasional place entry.

Application for Year 6 for September 2019 entry will remain open throughout the year. Please contact our registrar at admissions@portland-place.co.uk or by phone on 0207 307 8700 for further information.

For In-year admissions, contact our Admissions Office to request an individual tour of the school. Your visit will be followed by a meeting with the Headmaster. After the visit, you will be able to make an application for your child. Depending on their age, children are invited back into school for either a “Taster Day” or interview and assessment and offers are communicated shortly after that.

Because we understand that important decisions are made with heart and mind, we are happy to accommodate further meetings to help you make a final decision.

Finding out more

56-58 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NJ
020 7307 8700
Email Web

Key Facts

  • Total Pupils: 251 (50 in Sixth Form)

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events