School Facilities | Portsmouth High School

School Facilities

A bright, modern and inspirational learning environment for pupils throughout the school

An independent school for girls aged 3 to 18 years in the heart of Southsea

Independent School Portsmouth, Water features on the Southsea seafront

Portsmouth High School is located in the heart of Southsea, just five minutes walk from the sea front.

Founded in 1882, the school is currently located on split sites close to each other

Private School Portsmouth, Exterior of the Senior school and Sixth Form building

Substantial investment by the Girls’ Day School Trust ensures a programme of continuous improvement across the school to create a bright, modern and inspirational learning environment.

The Prep and Pre-School are set in spacious grounds along Kent Road

Independent School Portsmouth, Outside frontage of the stunning Grade II listed Prep School building

The centre of the Prep School is a Grade II listed building which is affectionately known as ‘Dovercourt’. The Year 6 classroom is on the ground floor in the heart of the school.

Pre-School, Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2

Home to our Pre-School Private School Portsmouth, award-winning Early Years’ building

Inside the extensive walled grounds is the award-winning Early Years’ building which is home to our Pre-School, Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2. There is a dedicated outdoor play space for Pre-School children with a safety surface and sun canopy.

Modern classrooms for Years 3, 4 and 5

Modern classroom at Private School Portsmouth with girls playing outside

Modern Key Stage 2 classrooms (for Years 3, 4 and 5) are bright and spacious.

The Discovery Laboratory at Portsmouth High Prep School

Glass entrance to the Discovery Laboratory, Independent School Portsmouth

The Discovery Laboratory hosts science and design technology lessons.

Art, ICT, a library and classrooms

There is also an art room, a multi-purpose hall, an ICT suite, a library and classrooms. Outside are tennis courts and a lawned area for sports and activities.

The outdoor classroom and space for imaginative play

outdoor classroom at Portsmouth High Prep School

The extensive gardens are a real ‘jewel in the crown’ and are unusually large for a city school. Girls play in the Temple Garden and Dell and have the freedom to run and explore.

Space to grow and discover the natural world

Gardening Club at Portsmouth High Junior School

There are raised beds for the children to grow flowers and harvest fruit and vegetables. The popular gardening club have their very own potting shed.

The Senior School is located further along Kent Road…

Independent School Portsmouth, Senior girls walking passed the entrance of Private School

The ‘Bannell Centre’, just across the sports surface, is home to a sport England standard sports hall, a stunning spacious art and design space, a design technology workshop, a food technology room and classroom accommodation.

Girls on trampoline, Independent School Portsmouth
Independent School Portsmouth, girls at lunch time in the Private School canteen
Art Atrium at Portsmouth High School for Girls
Portsmouth High Senior School classroom

There are landscaped green areas for pupils to relax in during break times. The original 1882 building provides classrooms for English, mathematics and the humanities.

Other facilities in the main Senior School building

The senior dining hall and café are situated on the ground floor of the main building with the library, Head’s office and administration offices. Languages classrooms, a spacious ICT suite and the main hall and drama studio are also located in the original building.

Sports facilities across the school

synthetic turf for hockey at Portsmouth High School

In addition to its own impressive sport England standard sports hall, Portsmouth High has the use of some of the best sports facilities in the local area, including co-ownership, with the University of Portsmouth, of a multi-use games area. This houses four floodlit courts and access to a synthetic turf pitch for hockey and football as well as a grass athletics track. The school also uses university sports halls and fitness suites. A swimming pool, synthetic turf pitch and athletics track are hired from HMS Temeraire.

Specialist Science Department

Private School Portsmouth, girls in science classroom

Just across the road from the Senior School is a purpose-built science department housing seven laboratories and preparation rooms. All these laboratories have been recently refurbished and provide a state-of-the art teaching environment for science.

Sixth Form House

Sixth Form House

Sixth Form House is an original Thomas Ellis Owen building in the grounds of the Senior School. Recently the interior underwent an extensive refurbishment providing a modern space for sixth formers to study and relax in.