Changes at the Junior School
Following an extensive review of our provision across the junior school we are introducing some changes.
The first of these will be our new PHS Explorers programme, which will underpin the entire curriculum. This is about exploring across the full range of experiences at Dovercourt. It will involve building on the work we do with the girls to enhance their natural curiosity and take risks with their learning. They will become explorers in the widest possible sense, from investigating science to using enquiry inside and outside the classroom. The programme will be based around the learning wheel which focuses on core competencies and skills rather than narrow, subject-specific criteria.
The second change reflects our need to differentiate the junior school from the junior section of the senior school. Portsmouth High Junior School will become Portsmouth High Prep School, a name which better reflects the way in which we prepare the girls for the senior school and wider
life. We wanted you to be the first to know this as you will begin to see it in written communication and signage.
The prep part of the name stands for preparatory and this is very much how I see our role. We are preparing the girls for the challenge that is ahead both academically and in a much wider sense. Readers of Update will know the enthusiasm I have towards encouraging girls to learn from failure and take calculated risks. The changes outlined above encapsulate these values and the core beliefs that run through what is now Portsmouth High Prep School.
As part of our review we are also looking at the school day and how to tie this more closely with senior school. This is taking the form of a consultation and I would welcome the views of parents before we make our final decision. More details on this particular change can be found in an email communication that will be with you shortly.