“Our daughter has developed so well in Nursery. We have seen a huge improvement in her writing, colouring, numbers, letters, vocabulary and creativity. She loves French and often tries to speak it.”
“From the first moment she seemed fully settled and it is because of the professional, organised and caring approach of the staff.”
“In the short time our daughter has been at the Nursery at Portsmouth High School she has thrived. Her independence and confidence have grown exponentially. ”
“Our daughter has had an amazing start to her school years. A nurturing environment encouraging learning and independence with fantastic facilities and outdoor space.”
“My daughters have both thrived at the Nursery. It’s a fantastic space with happy and kind teachers with lovely grounds for play, learning and forest schools.”
Regular one to one support helping children blossom
We pride ourselves in the individual attention that each and every child receives.
Unique Explorer approach to learning
We encourage the children to be active explorers, not just passive recipients.
From French to music, the children have a host of additional opportunities provided by experienced teachers.
Outdoor learning in beautiful grounds
Our gardens are a hidden gem that are just waiting to be explored.
Find out more about Portsmouth High Nursery
Portsmouth High Nursery Curriculum
At Portsmouth High Nursery each child is considered unique and educational plans are personally tailored to ensure every child reaches her full potential.
One day at Portsmouth High Nursery
A unique explorer approach to learning means no two days are ever the same and girls become independent, confident and intellectually curious about the world around them.
Portsmouth High Nursery...
and the opportunity to learn without limits.
Care for children beyond the school day
Free Wraparound Care
We understand parents often need extra care for their daughters outside of the normal school day. Knowing children can safely stay on at school offers peace of mind for parents with busy schedules. For this reason the school offers free wraparound care for all nursery and prep school children as part of the school’s fully inclusive educational programme.
Early Birds’ Breakfast Club runs from 7.30am until the start of school and Aftercare runs from 3.30pm until 6.00pm every day during term time.
Care during school holidays
Portsmouth High School runs holiday clubs during school breaks and care is available for children from 3 to ll years. All children are welcome to join us, whether for just a single session or full-time.
Multi-activity programmes are on offer ensuring a balanced mix of activities to enable children to get the best out of their school holiday.
Information about holiday clubs is published well in advance on the school website and the school’s social media pages with booking available online.
Toddler and Parent Groups
Portsmouth High School hosts very popular Stay and… parent and toddler groups during term time. Stay and Ballet, run by Manic Stage productions, takes place on a Tuesday morning. Stay and Explore, run by Forest Schools specialist Mrs West, discovers the great outdoors every Wednesday morning.
Everyone is most welcome to join us. Visit the parent and toddler page on the school website to let us know you are coming if you are joining us for the first time.
Meet our Nursery team
Mrs C Cane
Nursery Class Teacher, BEd, QTS, EYTS
Mrs A Nelson
Nursery Teacher, BEd (Hons)
Mrs J Brown
Teaching Assistant, NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
Mrs J Shaw
Nursery Practitioner, FdA Early Years Care and Education, NVQ Level 3
Meet our Nursery girls
I really liked going to the theatre and on the stage, and everyone watched us.
I like playing with the puppets and making puppet shows.
I enjoy playing outdoors and making friends.
I like all my friends and teachers.
Portsmouth High Nursery
36 Kent Road, Southsea, Hampshire PO5 3ES
Portsmouth High Nursery is located in the heart of Southsea, just a five minute walk from the beach. The school welcomes pupils from a wide catchment area covering Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.
Local pupils travel in by foot or by car. Many of those living further afield use the school’s extensive minibus network which collects pupils from across the catchment area. All drivers are school staff and younger pupils can be paired with older buddies to look after them on the journey.
Do contact the Prep School Admissions Registrar, Mrs Fergie Cox, for further details on transport routes and pick-up points.
Visit Portsmouth High Nursery
This website can only give a flavour of Portsmouth High Nursery. Do come and visit us in person to find out more. Send us your details on the form below and our Admissions Registrar will be in touch to arrange your visit.
Portsmouth High Nursery news
Stories can be a great way to learn
April 13, 2021
Chinese New Year celebrations at Portsmouth High Pre-School
February 12, 2021
Portsmouth High School hosts guest story-tellers via Zoom
January 29, 2021
‘Good night sheep tight’ – Portsmouth High School Pre-School nativity
December 4, 2020
Pre-School enjoy sports week
July 8, 2020
Nursery Rhymes come to life for Pre-School
February 18, 2020
Pre-School explore the delights of autumn
November 2, 2019
Pre-School celebrates Chinese New Year
February 8, 2019