Climbing Wall Fund | Portsmouth High School

Climbing Wall Fund

To mark and celebrate 135 years
at Portsmouth High School

Help us build a climbing wall at Portsmouth High School

As part of the celebrations for Portsmouth High School’s 135th birthday the school is fundraising for a climbing wall to be installed in the impressive sports hall at the senior school. The climbing wall is for both the junior and senior schools.

Sport and activity play a vital role in developing confidence, resilience and leadership; core values of the school’s ethos. The wall will help our girls develop their sporting prowess and physical fitness enabling them to take risks and build resilience.The school actively encourages participation in sport and physical activity as it has a proven positive impact on physical health and well-being.

The school will offer the new climbing wall to local community groups including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, and as an occupational therapy facility to provide wide-reaching benefits to the local community.

Please consider making a donation to Portsmouth High School’s Climbing Wall Fund for the benefit of girls throughout the school and the local community.

Why do we need a climbing wall?

Climbing has grown into a mainstream exercise activity and has recently been made an Olympic sport which will feature in the Tokyo games for the first time in 2020. Climbing wall activities have been shown to provide a physically demanding environment enabling climbers to move outside personal “comfort zones”.

The school will be able to teach new skills in climbing, encouraging self-confidence and self-knowledge, promoting the ability to take positive risks and a willingness to tackle new challenges. Climbing wall activities have also been shown to enhance cognitive skills such as problem solving and decision making and are at the same time fun, exciting and engaging.

To celebrate 135 years at Portsmouth High School, please consider making a donation…

We need to raise at least £40,000 to build the climbing wall which will benefit our pupils and the wider local community for many years to come.

Suggested donations are £1,350, £135 or £13.50 or simply choose the amount you would like to donate.

How to donate to the climbing wall fund…

To mark our 135th Birthday by making a donation to Portsmouth High School’s Climbing Wall Fund please complete the form below and make your donation via one of the payment options. Please return cheques to the Director of Communications Mrs Lucinda Webb at 25 Kent Road, Southsea, Hampshire PO5 3EQ.

    By Bank Transfer: Portsmouth High School, GDST - marked Climbing Wall. Account Number 84552549. Sort code 60-04-04. Please include your surname. By Cheque: Please make payable to Portsmouth High School.
    Portsmouth High School is part of the Girls' Day School Trust, registered charity number 306983. To enable us to claim Gift Aid on your donation, please read the statement and tick the boxes above. Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. Gift Aid is reclaimed by the GDST from the tax you pay for the current tax year. I want to Gift Aid this donation to the Girls' Day School Trust.



Zoe Williams

Portsmouth High Alumna, 3 x Gold Medal Winner at Invictus Games, 2016.

Sport and exercise are powerful for health and wellbeing both mentally and physically. They also provide you with a huge number of skills and character traits that transfer into many facets of daily life. Without courage and determination I could so easily have let my injuries define me. Sport gives you a resiliency to pick yourself up, adapt to challenging scenarios and resolve mistakes, but more than anything, grit your teeth to push yourself outside your comfort zone.

Rebecca Stephens MBE

Portsmouth High School Parent and first British woman to climb Everest.

Climbing builds strength and resilience, but also flexibility, balance and co-ordination skills. Girls’ power to weight ratio makes them really good at it and the sense of achievement is amazing, the confidence second to none. It requires individual dedication but also teamwork – respect, trust and honesty – all the marks of a GDST girl.

Year 3 pupil

‘Wow. This will be so much fun and as good as climbing trees! I want to be the first to the top.’

Year 7 pupil

It would be amazing to have a climbing wall at Portsmouth High School. It would be great fun for the whole of the school and a great form of exercise. I am sure that everyone would use it.’

Year 11 pupil

This will be another skill that we can add for Duke of Edinburgh and help us so much with flexibility and balance. I think it will be such a brilliant addition to our sports facilities.’

Year 13 pupil

There are so many parallels between climbing and teamwork; one of the many skills we learn at Portsmouth High School. I think having a climbing wall will encourage many of us to try something that we have never tried before.


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Portsmouth High School is part of the Girls Day School Trust

The Girls’ Day School Trust, 100 Rochester Row, London SW1P 1JP
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