Co-curricular activities | Portsmouth High School

Co-curricular activities

“'A wealth of extra-curricular opportunity is provided, with sporting, creative and academic activities available so that there is something to capture the interest of every pupil.' ”
ISI Report 2015

Portsmouth High School is committed academic excellence and encouraging girls to be independent, creative and ambitious. This ethos is supported through our co-curricular programme. Our girls are given the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enriching activities which are held during lunch break, before and after school.

Participation in co-curricular activities plays an important part of school life and we strongly encourage all our girls to participate in one or more of the activities on offer to broaden their horizons and give them an opportunity to try something new.

Many activities encourage girls to become team players and relate to their peers socially. Time management skills are improved and learning and excelling in a new activity helps to build self-confidence. Co-curricular activities require commitment and at the end of the programme pupils are encouraged to evaluate the activities they have chosen.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is offered from Year 9 at bronze level to gold in the Sixth Form. It is a very popular activity with most girls participating at least at bronze but many achieve their silver and gold award.

Tasters of some of the activities currently running are:

Red stopwatch and whistle, Fitness club at Independent School Portsmouth

Fitness club

Wake your body up at the start of the school day in our fun fitness club from 8.00 to 8.30am in the sports hall.

Girls and teacher horse riding lesson, Independent School Portsmouth

Horse riding

Novice to intermediate group horse riding lessons to improve your equestrian skills.

Senior girls modelling at fashion show, Independent School Portsmouth

Fashion Design

Sixth Form Fashion Club is for aspiring designers and future fashion industry trendsetters. If you want to design amazing outfits for going out, the charity week fashion parade or just for fun then this club will help you on your way.

Girl Trampolining high in the air, Private School Portsmouth


Get fit, improve co-ordination and just have fun at this club which takes place in the sports hall both before and after school.

Film real, iMovie Club Private School Portsmouth

iMovie Club

A brand new club to Portsmouth High School this year. Budding film directors get the chance to be script writers and write their own movie. They then use iPads to record their movie and learn to use iMovie to edit it. We look forward to some great movie premieres..

Girls sparring at boxing club, Private School Portsmouth

Boxing (non-contact) Club

An amazing sport rapidly growing in the UK. You will have the chance to work towards the Preliminary Award and will progress towards the Standard and Bronze level. All boxing is non-contact. All abilities welcome.

Senior girl looking at Science experiment, Independent School Portsmouth

Extreme Science

An opportunity to stretch your scientific knowledge beyond the curriculum and have some real scientific fun in a relaxed setting.

Close up of tablet screen, ICT Club, Independent School Portsmouth

ICT Club

Information communication technology surrounds us and is so integral to our lives and education. This club is for those that want to put themselves at the heart of this digital revolution.

Pumpkin in the Private School Portsmouth Gardening Club

Gardening Club

Get your hands dirty and learn how to grow not only vegetables and flowers but all types of plants. You can also help maintain the fantastic grounds at Portsmouth High Junior School to make it an even better environment for our youngest pupils to grow and flourish.