Meet our alumnae | Portsmouth High School

Meet our alumnae

To be an alumna is to be a GDST girl for life…

GDST alumnae span the world and every professional sector. With over 70,000 members, our network could almost fill Wembley stadium.

The GDST is a network of schools, but more importantly the GDST is a network of people – of young women who have their whole futures ahead of them. This network is one of the most valuable things the GDST can give you as you step out into the world; a ready-made, professional network.

Meet just a few of Portsmouth High School’s alumnae here, see what they have gone on to achieve and share their favourite memory of the school.

Barbara Jones (née Milne)
Class of 1956

Primary School Teacher
My favourite memory of Portsmouth High School is allowing me to be who I want to be and teaching me that I can do anything – even at aged 80.

Anjana Gadgil
Class of 1996

BBC Television Presenter
My favourite memory of Portsmouth High School is being part of the tennis, netball and lacrosse teams and travelling to other schools around the south of England to compete and win.

Portsmouth High School alumna

Alana Grady
Class of 2013

Concert Manager for Aurora Orchestra
My favourite memory of Portsmouth High School is playing the cymbals in the Carol Service in Year 10 – so many teachers commented afterwards on the look of joy on my face!

Thelma Wield (née Standing)
Class of 1946

Consultant in public health medicine and child health
My favourite memory of Portsmouth High School: While visiting Hinton Ampner recently and standing in the sunken garden I relived the time when, aged 12, in the summer of 1940 I played Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, blissfully unaware of the real military drama being enacted not far away. Much as I enjoyed this first acting experience I was not encouraged to seek an acting career. Medicine seemed a safer choice and one I have never regretted.

Anne McMeehan Roberts
Class of 1972

Company Director and Businesswoman
My favourite memory of Portsmouth High School is playing lacrosse on Southsea Common (I was captain, but not a very good one); treading the boards for the school play, Sheridan’s The Critic, (I played Mrs Dangle) and German lessons with Miss Bowditch (terrifying but so fulfilling).

Alumna at Portsmouth High School

Emma Fry
Class of 2009

Freelance Musician
I freelance for various orchestras, musical theatre shows, events companies and artists including Clean Bandit, Eminem, Bring Me the Horizon and Ed Sheeran.

My favourite memory of Portsmouth High School is the legendary water fights at Dovercourt with Mr Poolman the caretaker.

Daisy Turnbull
Class of 2016

Maritime Archaeologist
My favourite memory of Portsmouth High School is climbing to the top of Snowdon with my best friends on our Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition, fuelled mostly by marshmallows and the promise of shelter from the rain at the top.

Coral Crouch
Class of 2012

Logistics Officer, Royal Navy
My favourite memory of Portsmouth High School is performing the title role in Henry V at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, as part of the Schools Shakespeare Festival in autumn 2008. Other highlights are the geography field trip to Iceland in the autumn of 2010, just after the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull; and the day all lessons were cancelled in favour of playing in the snow at Dovercourt!

Fiona Haward
Class of 2009

Post doctoral research in molecular biology in Victoria Cowlings lab at the University of Dundee
My favourite memory of Portsmouth High School is has got to be a geography trip to Iceland during which we explored some incredible glaciated landscapes. My time in the Sixth Form I remember with fondness as it was such fun.