Co-curricular activities - Portsmouth High School

Co-curricular activities

“Wide range of lunchtime and after-school clubs include film, drama, sports and music… ‘there are almost too many to choose from,’ said a parent.”
Goods Schools Guide 2019

Portsmouth High School is committed to 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:

Medics Club at an independent school in Portsmouth

Medics Club

Medics Club is for Year 11 and above and is for anyone thinking about becoming a doctor, midwife, dentist, vet or nurse. The club is an ideal opportunity to explore what these careers entail and speak to students who have been through the BMAT entrance examinations.

Aerial acrobatics greatest showman craze

Aerial Acrobatics

Aerial acrobatics is the latest Greatest Showman craze and is becoming a huge hit with children of all ages. The session leader has performed at top venues and world class events and this club will guide you through the basic steps to feel confident and comfortable in your new found circus role.

Electronics Club at Portsmouth High School

Electronics Club

In this club you can learn about electronic circuits and build a working device, possibly a radio or a clock, to take home at the end of the term. This club will involve soldering very small components – you need patience and a very steady hand!

Drama Club at Portsmouth High School GDST

Drama Clubs

Drama is an ideal way to generate, reveal, develop and share latent talents. At Portsmouth High School we have a variety of drama productions throughout the academic year and drama clubs offer the opportunity to build confidence and new skills ready for the stage.

Film real, iMovie Club Private School Portsmouth

Film Club

This club offers the perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy a film with friends. Film Club offers an eclectic and varied range of films and as well as watching the films there is the opportunity to discuss and review them.

Trampolining at an independent school in 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.

Non-contact boxing independent school in 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.

Independent Senior school in Portsmouth

Music Groups

Music is an important part of life at Portsmouth High School and all the girls are encouraged to take part. The school offers a comprehensive range of music groups so that every student has the opportunity to participate.

Science Garden at Portsmouth High School GDST

HiSci Gardening Club

Growing skills for life – an opportunity to be part of the team who are planning the future of the new science garden and creating a proposal for funding. Do you want a wormery, a place to relax amongst the hyacinths, a plethora of herbs to awaken the senses? All ideas welcome.