Portsmouth High School is a licensed centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The award is very successful at the school and we are proud of the achievements of the girls. Pupils are assisted by a dedicated team of staff who are there to support and guide them.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award provides a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and team working. Girls progress through three levels of Duke of Edinburgh programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The award is held in high esteem by universities and employers.
Girls achieve an award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections – volunteering (unpaid service to individuals or the community), physical (improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness), skills (developing practical and social skills and personal interests) and expedition (planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad). At PHS Silver and Bronze expeditions use our wonderful local countryside and take place in the South Downs, New Forest and on the Isle of Purbeck. For our Gold Expeditions we travel further afield to the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia and in 2014 our pupils went to Morocco.
Portsmouth High School is a Directly Licenced Centre and holds a licence to deliver Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes to young people on its own premises. The award is launched at the end of Year 9 and girls start their bronze level in Year 10 and can go on to silver and gold. The award is very popular at the school with over 100 pupils taking part each year.