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A message from your Learning Mentors


Portsdown Primary school currently employs two Learning Mentors; Mrs Blades and Mrs Jordan.

Our role is to 'Remove the barriers to learning' which prevent a child from reaching their full potential. 

We support all our pupils, however, there are times when some of our pupils may find their friendships, confidence, emotions, feelings or behaviour overwhelming.

Through discussions with staff, parents and the pupil, we will develop a bespoke service to meet each child's individual needs.

This support can be provided for a specific amount of time or on-going throughout a child's education and can be delivered through 1:1 support, group work outside of the classroom as well as in-class support. 

We believe in building strong honest relationships with our pupils and our parents.

We also run after school clubs that encourage confidence and self esteem which in turn helps to build friendships.

If you would like any more information, advice or simply a chat please feel free to come and talk to us.

Mrs Blades and Mrs Jordan.

Or contact us via our emails:





We have both completed the following training;

Accredited Learning Mentor training.

Foundation degree in Learning Support

 Emotional First Aid,

Emotional Coaching,

Resorative Practices

and Team Teach.


 Mrs Blades is the "Loss Companion" for our school.

Having completed the Loss Comapnion training it is also a requiremnet to regulary attend supervision with other trained practioners to enable her to help our children and familes through their bereavement. Loss can come in many forms for example; death of a loved one, family pets, divorce, moving home and moving to a new school.


Mrs Blades has recently completed the "Youth Mental First Aid Champion" course which has developed her underpinning knowledge of common mental health issues and the skills to guide young people. 

If you would like any more information please contact Mrs Blades.






We would like to congratulate all the children involved in this years carnival, their hard work and enthusiasm resulted in them being awarded 1st prize for the second year running.

Also, we would like to thank Splodge Design for organising our workshops and enabling the children to design and make their costumes and props.