Message to families – Tuesday 13th September


Dear parent/carer


Arrangements at Portland for the Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

I am sure you will be up with the news that Monday 19th September is a Bank Holiday with Schools, Colleges and many businesses and venues closing as a mark of respect and to enable people to watch the State Funeral or attend public gatherings.

Portland College, Day Services and Pollyteach School will all be closed on that day.

Our residential provision will remain open, of course and any existing Short Breaks/Respite bookings will be honoured.

Resident Citizens will have the opportunity to watch the funeral, if they choose, in the communal lounges.


Remembering our Patron 1974-2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

After the State Funeral next Monday, Portland will be holding a celebration event of the life and times of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and what she meant to the Portland Charity.

The Commemoration Event will be held on Thursday 22nd September, 2.00 —3.30pm in the Newstart Theatre.

All learners and citizens who choose to participate will be working in groups to make a short presentation about the late Queen.

I am sorry that we won’t have space for guests, but we will make photographs and footage of the event available via our normal social media channels.

In the Reception in the main Birches building there is a tree for staff, learners and citizens to write and place their own messages and thoughts at this sad time.

There is a digital Book of Condolence operated by the Royal Household which you can access via this link:

Book of Condolence



Mark Dale

Principal & Chief Executive Officer.