Rebecca | Portsmouth High School

Senior Case Studies

Rebecca, Year 9

I joined the school when I was in Year 8. I had never moved schools before so it was a really big event for me.

I was particularly worried about making new friends as I was joining the school half way through the year and was nervous that everyone was already in friendship groups and I wouldn’t fit in. However, all the girls were extremely friendly and made me feel very welcome. 

In spite of feeling apprehensive about moving schools, I was also excited to be joining PHS. I was eager to meet new people and make lots of new friends.  I was also looking forward to all the co-curricular activities on offer and the extra opportunities I could embrace.  The great range of clubs really helped me to meet new people and make new friends.  On my Taster Day I found out that there was a Year 8 trip to Osmington Bay for two nights and there was space for me to go.  I did not naturally like staying away from home, especially when I didn’t know anyone yet, but I didn’t want to regret not going later so I accepted the opportunity.  It turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done as I got the chance to mix with different people and actually came to know my best friend.

My personality has definitely changed since I joined PHS. I have grown in confidence massively and have been able to feel that I can try new things.  I don’t have to worry if I am good at them or not, because no-one will laugh at me or judge me, and the teachers won’t get cross with me. For example, in our athletics lesson we were doing high jump.

At first, I was extremely scared because I had never done it before and it looked quite intimidating and difficult.  However, once I tried it, I found I quite enjoyed it and began to improve.  In June 2017 I even competed at GDST Athletics Competition.  The school has given me the chance to embrace new opportunities which have helped me discover what I’m good at which I wasn’t aware of before.

If someone was to ask me if I would recommend the school, I would say absolutely, 100 percent. The school has a great balance between encouraging you, but not pushing you too much that you feel uncomfortable and dislike it. The teachers are exceptional at making you achieve to the best of your ability and making it possible for you to reach your full potential.

The school teaches you many useful skills, not only physically and academically, but also mentally. We have the positive project which helps us to think more positively about people and different situations. It has certainly helped me to realise that not everything is worth worrying about. We are also taught about grit and determination and how we should never give up. These are things that make our school a brilliant school, and not just an average school. Not only do they help us to achieve academically, but they help us to grow as individuals so we are ready to face the big world beyond our life at PHS.

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