School Facilities | Portsmouth High School

School Facilities

A bright, modern and inspirational learning environment for pupils throughout the school

An independent school for girls aged 3 to 18 in the heart of Southsea

Portsmouth High School is located in the heart of Southsea, just five minutes walk from the sea front.

Portsmouth High Senior school and Sixth Form

Founded in 1882, the school is currently located on split sites close to each other

Substantial investment by the Girls’ Day School Trust ensures a programme of continuous improvement across the school to create a bright, modern and inspirational learning environment.

The Nursery and Junior School are set in spacious grounds along Kent Road

The centre of the Junior School is a Grade II listed building which is affectionately known as ‘Dovercourt’. The Year 6 classroom is on the ground floor in the heart of the school.

Nursery, Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2

Inside the extensive walled grounds is the award-winning Early Years’ building which is home to our Nursery School, Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2. There is a dedicated outdoor play space for nursery children with a safety surface and sun canopy.

New classrooms at Portsmouth High Junior School

Modern classrooms for Years 3, 4 and 5

Modern Key Stage 2 classrooms (for Years 3, 4 and 5) are bright and spacious.

Discovery Laboratory Portsmouth High Junior School

Discovery Laboratory at Portsmouth High Junior School

The Discovery Laboratory hosts science and design technology lessons.

Art, ICT, a library and classrooms

There is also an art room, a multi-purpose hall, an ICT suite, a library and classrooms. Outside are tennis courts and a lawned area for sports and activities.

The outdoor classsroom and space for imaginative play

The extensive gardens are a real ‘jewel in the crown’ and are unusually large for a city school. Girls play in the Temple Garden and Dell and have the freedom to run and explore.

Gardening Club at Portsmouth High Junior School

Space to grow and discover the natural world...

There are raised beds for the children to grow flowers and harvest fruit and vegetables. The popular gardening club have their very own potting shed.

Portsmouth High Senior School classroom

The Senior School is located further along Kent Road...

There are landscaped green areas for pupils to relax in during break times. The original 1882 building provides classrooms for English, mathematics and the humanities.

Other facilities in the main Senior School building...

The senior dining hall and café are situated on the ground floor of this building with the library, Head’s office and administration offices. Languages classrooms, a spacious ICT suite and the main hall and drama studio are also located in the original building.

The Bannell Centre at the Senior School

The ‘Bannell Centre’, just across the sports surface, is home to a sport England standard sports hall, a spacious art and design space, a design technology workshop, a food technology room and classroom accommodation.


synthetic turf for hockey at Portsmouth High School

Sports Facilities

The school has use of some of the best sports facilities in the local area, including co-ownership, with the University of Portsmouth, of a multi-use games area. This houses four floodlit courts and access to a synthetic turf pitch for hockey and football as well as a grass athletics track. The school also uses university sports halls and fitness suites. A swimming pool, synthetic turf pitch and athletics track are also hired from HMS Temeraire.


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Specialist Science Department

Just across the road from the Senior School is a purpose-built science department housing seven laboratories and preparation rooms. All these laboratories have been recently refurbished and provide a state-of-the art teaching environment for science.

Sixth Form House

Sixth Form House

Sixth Form House is an original Thomas Ellis Owen building in the grounds of the Senior School. Last summer the interior underwent an extensive refurbishment providing a modern space for sixth formers to study and relax in.


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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
Tel 020 7393 6666