Events at Portsmouth High School to which visitors are welcome


Portsmouth High School holds a variety of events throughout the year which visitors are most welcome to attend.

Individual appointments to meet either the Headmistress or Head of the Prep and Pre-School may be made at any time. Please contact our Admissions Registrar to make an appointment.

Visit Portsmouth High School for an immersive arts experience and concert to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of WW1.

There But Not There will take place on Tuesday 13th November 2018 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

The first part of the evening will be an immersive arts experience, with guests being invited on a tour of the school, where they will have the chance to explore and reflect on a range drama productions, music, artwork and poetry from the First World War, all telling the human story of war.

The evening will conclude with a concert in the school hall, which will feature both drama and music performances.

On the night we would ask that donations be made to the Royal British Legion.

If you would like to attend, please complete the short form below and let us know how many people are coming. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Here is a taste of some of the events planned for the immersive arts experience evening for There But Not There.

Year 9 artists have been researching individual stories of those involved in WW1 through embroidered postcards, letters home and diary entries. They have showcased these stories by designing, printing and sewing hankies which will be on show during the evening.

The Music Department’s responses to the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the end of WW1 have been varied and diverse, ranging from GCSE compositions based on wartime recollections to live performances in intimate spaces to ambient music drifting through the corridors. The second half of the evening will showcase the school’s orchestra and choirs performing excerpts from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man:  A Mass for Peace.

Girls from Year 10 GCSE Drama will be part of an immersive theatre experience, performing short extracts from several plays that explore the lives of ordinary women who were affected by the War. From the story of Eileen, a young girl who has to give up her dream of an education as War breaks out, to Victoria and Amelia who leave behind a comfortable upper class existence to ‘do their bit’ as nurses.  The plays also touch upon the ‘canary girls’ and those young women under pressure to get their men to join up and fight.

Later in the evening, our Year 12 Drama scholars will be performing a piece based upon the Christmas truce.

There But Not There
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Stay and Ballet at Portsmouth High School

A warm welcome to join us for our weekly Stay and Ballet sessions run by Manic stage productions for toddlers (all walkers) and pre-schoolers.

Stay and Ballet runs every Wednesday during term time. Sessions start at 9.30am and there is music and storytelling through dance. Ballet costumes are very welcome but not essential and we are happy to have babies along to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the music.

The cost is £4 per session including refreshments (£3 per week if you sign up for the whole half term). Pre-booking using the form opposite is preferred but not essential. Alternatively, please telephone Mrs Fergie Cox on 023 9282 4916. We look forward to welcoming you to Stay and Ballet.

Booking form for Stay and Ballet