Portsmouth High School for Girls, part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) group of schools, has just received the highest category in each section of the Independent Schools Inspectorate Report published this week.
The school underwent a four day inspection in April which looked at the following criteria: the success of the school, the quality of academic and other achievements, the quality of the pupils’ personal development and the effectiveness of governance, leadership and management. In each section the school was ranked excellent.
As the report noted, the school aims to promote a positive, secure and supportive environment in which girls can thrive, achieve academic success and be encouraged to develop their own voice and opinions. It seeks to provide girls with the opportunities to challenge themselves, to grow in self-knowledge, to learn to value themselves and to respect others, and to develop their own strengths so that they have the confidence to go forward into a changing world.
Mrs Jane Prescott, Headmistress at Portsmouth High School, said:
‘I think the report accurately reflects our school as a warm inclusive community offering an outstanding education. The girls were praised for their excellent attitude to their lessons and for general behaviour around school along with their “can do” and resilient character traits and true curiosity for learning.’
‘The standard of teaching was also highly praised and the staff willingness to give endlessly of their time along with their excellent subject knowledge. I was pleased that the inspection team commented on the range and depth of our curriculum and co-curricular. The standard of the premises was deemed to be high too with due care and attention paid to health and safety. Leadership and management including governance received much praise.’
To see a full copy of the latest report, click ISI Report on Portsmouth High School GDST 2015