Portland Spencer Academy observes local authority admissions protocols, with priority given to children with special educational needs or additional support requirements.

Information on applying for a place through the local authority Coordinated Admissions Scheme is available here.

A copy of the school Admissions Policies are available here.

The Admissions Policy includes detailed information on the applications and admissions appeals process; the special consideration given to applications on behalf of children with special education needs and support requirements; and the criteria used when the school is oversubscribed.


Nursery Admissions

In the term after a child’s third birthday, children are entitled to 15 hours a week free care and education during school term time.

Portland Spencer Academy can offer your child one of the following slots:

  • Monday – Friday A.M. only 8.45  – 11.45
  • Monday to Friday P.M. only 12.15m -3.15

Please note that we are unable to ‘mix and match’ sessions due to the way this will impact other families and children.

We are also able to offer 30-hour places. To find out if you are entitled to this, please visit

Our Nursery intake times across the year are:

  • September (children born 1st April to 31st August)
  • January (children born 1st September to 31st December)
  • Easter (children born 1st January to 31st March)


For a place at Portland Spencer Academy Nursery, please complete a Nursery Admissions form and return to the school office. This is available from the school office or through following this online version here.