Portsmouth High School
This is one of the 25 schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust. Founded in 1882. Pupil numbers: 625 (Junior, Senior and Sixth Form).
Head: Miss P Hulse
Deputy Head: Mr C J Campbell,
Head of the Junior School: Mrs A Howarth
Portsmouth High School aims to provide a happy, vibrant and safe educational environment in which girls of intellectual promise can achieve the success they deserve. Each girl is nurtured so that she feels valued and is able to develop into a confident, caring and socially responsible adult. A broad based education encourages each girl’s talents and potential to the full in an atmosphere of achievement and excellence. Portsmouth High School has a profile of sustained academic achievement, attraction to families from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds and strong relationships with the local community. Situated close to the sea the school draws pupils from an extensive area of Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight as well as from Portsmouth itself. All major transport providers serve the area.
The Senior School is accommodated in the original building, and an on-going capital investment programme has seen the development of a dedicated Sixth Form Centre, new music suites, re-housing of the library and a new Drama Studio. The Junior School is located 5 minutes walk away in a wonderful period house with extensive gardens and a range of indoor and outdoor facilities. The School has 4 hard tennis courts and 6 netball courts and additional games facilities are hired nearby for tennis, lacrosse and swimming. Major investment in the Junior School saw the construction of a new Early Years building opening in September 2003. The building work and music exhibitions added to the existing bursaries and scholarships funded by the GDST, supports a deep commitment to the future and to offering the very best in education.
The aim at Portsmouth High School is to foster in each girl an appreciation of aesthetic, cultural, spiritual and moral values and to meet the needs of all girls, be they educational or pastoral, by providing appropriate teaching, advice and support. A balanced programme of study delays the need to make subject choices as long as possible and in this way, the widest career options are maintained. There is the highest level of achievement in a wide variety of academic subjects, sport, music and drama. In addition to the GCSE and Sixth Form subjects there is an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities ranging from aerobics to public speaking. There are regular exchange trips, music tours and opportunities for pupils to do work experience. Sixth Form students do not wear uniform and have a recently modernised separate Sixth Form Centre with a large common room, kitchen, study rooms and IT room. They have the opportunity to become involved in Young Enterprise, Community Service and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Scholarships and Bursaries: We are able to award 2 HSBC Scholarships. The GDST has also made available to the school a substantial number of scholarships and bursaries. The bursaries are means tested and ensure that the school remains accessible to bright girls who would be unable to enter the school without financial assistance. A number of scholarships are available to internal or external candidates for entry at 11 or to the Sixth Form. There are also music exhibitions for 11 , 13 and 16 entry.