Holiday Clubs

Holiday Clubs in Southsea

Multi-activity programmes designed to ensure your children get the best out of their school holidays


New addition this summer – Performing Arts Masterclass led by local experts in music, drama and technical stage skills for children aged 8 to 10 years. Two days only Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 August at Portsmouth High School. Find out more and book your child’s place now here.


Portsmouth High School offers multi-activity day holiday camps for children aged 3 – 11 years during the school holidays.

Our multi-activity programme brings together a balanced mix of IT, arts and crafts with sport, cookery, dance, and outdoor activities. We will ensure your children get the best out of their school holiday. Each week the camps have a theme and will include a range of games, tasks, sporting, science, creative and challenge activities.

Holiday Clubs are open to children from 3 to 11 years, whether for a single session or for the whole week. Your child does not have to be a current pupil at Portsmouth High School to be able to attend, everyone is welcome.

Join us for a summer of Holiday Club fun with lots of exciting activities both indoors and out.

Portsmouth High School will be providing multi-activity day holiday camps for children aged 3 – 11 years for the period Monday 25 July to Friday 19 August. Our multi-activity programme will bring together a balanced mix of IT, arts and crafts with sport, cookery, dance and outdoor activities. We will ensure your children get the best out of their school holiday. Each week the camp will have a theme and will include a range of games, tasks, sporting, science, creative and challenge activities.

Summer Holiday Clubs are open to children from 3 to 11 years, whether for a single session or for the whole week. Your child does not have to be a current pupil at Portsmouth High School, everyone is welcome.


WEEK 1 Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July

Active Summer for ages 3 – 7 (Pre-School to Year 2)
A full range of sporting and creative activities, including dance, that will bring out the best of summer in Southsea.

Creative Arts Club (week) for ages 7 – 11 (Year 3 to Year 6)
Come and join in a week of creative arts-based activities across a variety of genres including music, art, drama and film. We will be learning about different types of artists and we will be creating our own projects and masterpieces from all arts disciplines. At the end of the week, the girls will complete their Explore Arts Award which is a portfolio-based qualification, so they will really have something to be proud of and a lovely reminder of the week for years to come. Creative Arts Week will be run by Jennie Flatman.

Cookery Club (week) for ages 7 – 11 (Year 3 to Year 6)
Summer cookery will take place in the senior school’s fabulous food technology room. It will be run by Debbie Hitchman and this activity is suitable for all budding chefs who love to create a variety of savoury and sweet summer delights.

Please note that the cookery club menu and actvities are the same in Week 1 and Week 2.


WEEK 2 Monday 1 August to Friday 5 August

Creative Arts Camp for ages 3 – 7 years (Pre-School to Year 2)
This is a fun and creative arts and crafts summer themed week.

Summer Science Club (Week) for ages 8 – 11 years (Year 4 to Year 6) 
Located in the senior school’s science department, these summer themed science clubs will be run by our own science teacher Ms Davies. These activities are suitable for all budding Brian Cox’s, Marie Curie’s or anyone who loves to make scientific discoveries.

Summer Cookery for ages 7 – 11 years (Year 3 to Year 6)
Summer cookery will take place in the senior school’s fabulous food technology room. It will be run by Debbie Hitchman and this activity is suitable for all budding chefs who love to create a variety of savoury and sweet summer delights.

Please note that the cookery club menu and actvities are the same in Week 1 and Week 2.


WEEK 3 Monday 8 August to Friday 12 August

The Great Outdoors for ages 3 – 11 (Pre-School to Year 6)
Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Portsmouth High Prep School, outdoor fun is an activity that offers play and educational experiences in the natural environment. From making fires to understanding nature, this is the ultimate for any future Bear Grylls or Steve Backshall.

The Apprentice (Week) for ages 8 – 11 (Year 4 to Year 6) 
The Apprentice is a new activity to develop a fresh batch of budding ambitious entrepreneurs seeking to develop their creative insight and business sense to develop a new product over a week, then pitching the product and idea to the boardroom on the last day.

Over the 5-day course the candidates will design, develop, make and market the new product. Up to 16 candidates will be working in teams, developing their leadership and management skills. There will be and plenty of fun over the week and some games and sporting activities included to take a break from boardroom (Design and Technology room).

After completing the task, teams return to the boardroom to discuss their inspirational or calamitous experiences and discover which team has been hired.


WEEK 4 Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August

Seaside Fun for age 3 to 7 years (Pre-School to Year 2)
This fun and creative activities themed camp for pupils will make the most of our wonderful location beside the sea.

Sports Club for ages 7 to 11 years (Year 3 to Year 6)
Run by trampoline coach Mr Whitelock, the week will use sports facilities across the senior and prep school sites and will incorporate trampoline, games and tennis.

Ceramics week for ages 7 to 11 years (Year 3 to Year 6)
Ceramics week will take place in the senior school. Throughout the week budding ceramists will have the opportunity to create hand-built pieces. They will use a wide range of skills and techniques including coiling, slab building and modelling to develop their imaginative ideas in clay. Their work will then be fired and glazed ready for collection later. They will need to wear old clothes and prepare to have fun!


How to book

Please book your child’s place via https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BLAL and complete the booking form and make your payment. If you are paying by childcare vouchers through your provider, please enter the code CHILDCARE at the time of payment. Alternatively, please contact the school Finance Officer Helen Harris via the school office by telephoning 023 9282 6714 or e-mailing h.harris@por.gdst.net.

You can book the full week or individual days for your child. Please make separate bookings for each child attending Holiday Club. Please note that it is preferred to book the whole week for the drama club as students will be working towards a performance on the last day.

Our Summer Clubs will be operating under the latest PHS COVID-19 risk assessment and each activity will operate in its own isolation bubble.

Terms and Conditions

Changing your booking
Seven days notice is required and the school will endeavour to change the dates within the same holiday season (e.g. summer), subject to availability at no extra cost.

Cancelling your booking
A minimum of 14 days notice is required to cancel a booking. All monies paid will be refunded less the equivalent of £10 per day cancellation fee. In the case of cancellations with less than 14 days notice, we regret that no refund is available except in the case of injury/illness which has been certified in writing by a registered medical practitioner accompanied by a letter to the school.

Insurance
All children in our care are covered by our Public Liability Insurance.

First Aid
In the event of an accident, first aid will be administered to children in our care, and the emergency services will be called if necessary.

Child Exclusion
If, on the rare occasion that a child proves incompatible with the general well-being of the group e.g. bullying, disruptive or aggressive behaviour, the school reserves the right to exclude such children. No refund will be made for any remaining days booked and any costs associated with the exclusion, including transport home, will be the parent’s responsibility.

Please note: children are required to bring packed lunches and snacks every day.  Portsmouth High School is happy to accept Childcare Vouchers as payment for Holiday Club. For a list of providers, and the relevant codes, please click here.