Why choose a girls’ only school?
Our former pupils are helping redress the imbalance in female representation in leading positions in business and the professions.
We believe what our school provides is the best possible preparation for the challenges of life.
Our girls are resilient, self-sufficient and confident without being arrogant. They make themselves heard and engage in debate. They try to do their best on the sports field, in the arts and in academic work. They truly embody a holistic approach to their education.
Portsmouth High School is a girls’ only school where girls are the leaders – head of school, captain of games, leader of the debating society. In our school they find their voice, and become accustomed to the challenges of leadership. Similarly, in the classroom they take intellectual risks,
ask questions, or make judgements without worrying about ‘looking stupid in front of boys’. Our former pupils are helping redress the imbalance in female representation in leading positions in business and the professions.
In short, our school builds risk-taking and resilience. In working life, these attributes are essential. Young women need to be brave enough to ask a question, or to disagree with the crowd view. They need to be able to handle the vagaries and unfairness of life, to try, and if necessary to try again. During their time at school they develop the confidence to speak out and never consider themselves in anyway inferior intellectually or practically.