Transport and how to find us

Portsmouth High School is located in the heart of Southsea in Hampshire and is just a five minute walk away from the seafront. The school welcomes pupils from a wide catchment area covering Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

The school can be easily reached by public transport or by using one of the organised school minibus services (the school’s own minibus fleet) or coach services (Lucketts Travel) which are in operation.

For further information on any aspect of travel to and from school on a daily basis, please contact our Admissions Registrar, Charlotte Thomson, on 023 9282 6714 or

School Minibus Services

Portsmouth High School offers transport provision for pupils using the school’s own minibus fleet. This offers a more personal door to door service with shorter journey times and more direct routes which benefits pupils and parents alike.

Please note there is some flexibility with pick-up and drop-off points so do contact our Admissions Registrar on 023 9282 6714 if you have a requirement in an area not listed below.

Minibus drivers are all Portsmouth High School staff. Younger pupils are assigned a ‘buddy’ to travel with and girls are dropped right at the school door each day giving peace of mind for parents.

The ten minibus routes currently in operation in the local catchment area are:

Route 1
Collection points at Rowlands Castle, Clanfield and Bedhampton.

Route 2
Collection points at Emsworth, Havant and Langstone.

Route 3
Collection points at Denmead, Waterlooville and Horndean.

Route 4
Collection points at Corhampton, Droxford, Wickham and Knowle Village.

Route 5
Collection points at Fishbourne and Bosham.

Route 6
Collection points at Chichester and Emsworth.

Route 7
Collection points at Birdham and Westbourne.

Route 8
Collection points on Hayling Island.

Route 9
Collection points at The Hard railway station and Isle of Wight hover terminal.

Route 10
Collection points at Fareham.

Please click on the numbers at the top of the map below to show the 10 different minibus routes.

Minibus Route Maps


Lucketts Coach Services

Lucketts Travel operate a school coach service which transports pupils from independent schools in the local area to and from school each day. Current routes on offer are:

Yellow Route – Bishops Waltham, Curdridge, Burridge, Swanwick, Park Gate, Sarisbury Green, Warsash, Locks Heath, Titchfield, Fareham, Portchester.

Red route – Denmead, Hambledon, Soberton, Droxford, Swanmore, Waltham Chase, Wickham

Blue route – Purbrook, Bedhampton, Farlington, Drayton, Cosham, Hilsea, Eastney Ferry

For more information on Lucketts coach services, please click here or telephone Lucketts direct on 01329 823755.

Lucketts Coach Routes


Journey by rail

There are rail services from Southampton, Fareham, Chichester, Havant and Petersfield. Portsmouth railway station (The Hard) is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the school. The school minibus collects and drops off pupils at the station daily.

Travelling from the Isle of Wight

Hovertravel Ltd

Portsmouth High School can easily be reached from the Isle of Wight via the daily hovercraft service run by Hovertravel Ltd. The school is just a five minute walk from the Southsea hover terminal.

However, we understand it can be a daunting prospect for younger pupils to travel across the water each day without a parent or carer to accompany them.

For this reason we run the Portsmouth High School Hover Nanny service which is supported by Hovertravel Ltd. This offers complete peace of mind for parents with an accompanied crossing service for pupils each day, widening the choice of schools for parents beyond what is available on the island.

Our Hover Nanny picks pupils up from the Ryde hover terminal each morning and accompanies them on the journey across the water.

They are met in Southsea by a school minibus and driven to the school door where teaching staff take over the care of pupils. At the end of the school day the minibus collects the Hover Nanny and her pupils and takes them back to the Southsea hover terminal. They travel back over to Ryde where pupils are returned to the care of parents and carers. There is no extra charge for this service.


Visitors should be aware that there is limited parking on the school site. Disabled parking spaces are available and visitors are asked to respect the fact that these are intended for use by disabled visitors only. Visitors with a disability are asked to telephone the school in advance to ensure a parking space is available for them.