Portsmouth High School welcomes alumnae from 1965, 75, 85, 95 + 2005

Portsmouth High School welcomes back alumnae this week from the Classes of 1965, 75, 85, 95 and 2005

Up to fifty years since they had left Portsmouth High School, the ladies from the Classes of 1965, 75, 85, 95 and 2005 returned for lunch and tours of the Senior and Junior school given by the present Head Girl team and prefects.

The Reverend Margaret Hay (neé Cook) from the class of 1965 recalled what an enthusiastic year group they had been:

‘It was a lovely opportunity to remember what it felt like to be teens again,’ she said.  ‘It was wonderful to relive the experiences we had here and a chance for us to pool memories.  One person’s memory jolted that of another and everything came flooding back and we kept remembering things long forgotten.’

Mrs Bridget Newcombe (neé Irwin) from the Class of 1985, added:

‘It was fantastic to see faces I haven’t seen for so long.  Although I keep in touch with many of my friends, it was lovely to see people I haven’t seen for many years and to remember the happy times that we had at school.’


Mrs Jane Prescott, Headmistress of Portsmouth High School, said:

‘It was wonderful to have this group of alumnae back in school.  They bring with them a host of memories and stories and have rekindled friendships.  The ethos of the school remains the same today; to educate and inform but have lots of fun on that journey too.’

Anna Mackay, 17, Head Girl, who showed a group of alumnae around the school added:

‘I took a group of ladies from the classes of 1965 and 1975 around the school.  My biology work was up in the lab on a wall and the ladies took it upon themselves to explain the Krebs Cycle to me!  I have no excuses now not to understand this part of cellular respiration!  They loved their day and they are inspirational in what they have all gone on to achieve.’