Where girls do better | Portsmouth High School

Where girls do better

Why girls do better…

Portsmouth High School is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust providing the very best in teaching and pastoral care. Applications are now open for 2019 entry to the school.

Our teachers have unrivalled expertise in teaching girls – pupils are encouraged to speak up and question in a culture which empowers girls to take the initiative and develop their intellectual curiosity.

Our learning environment is ideal for girls being free from gender stereotyping so pupils are just as likely to choose sciences and mathematics as arts based subjects.

We provide outstanding opportunities for leadership – from house captains to drama club leaders, from prefects to cyber ambassadors; girls naturally learn to lead.

Girls’ only schools tend to dominate the exam league tables and Portsmouth High School is no exception. In 2018 for GCSEs girls achieved 6 times the national average of top 9 grades awarded across all subjects and the school was delighted with 84% of girls receiving the top grades 9-6.

At A Level girls achieved over 90% A*-C grades with an excellent spread of top grades over all subjects and 98% of the year group gained an A* or A in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Students going to university in 2018 secured places at top institutions including Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Durham, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle, The Royal Agricultural University, Royal Holloway, Sheffield, Warwick and York.

Our school is a vibrant and thriving environment for creative arts and music. A year round calendar of drama productions and art exhibitions showcase the girls’ creative talents whilst ensembles, orchestras and choirs cater for all levels of musical talent.

Sports are high on the agenda – whether elite or beginner, girls participate in all sports to compete, develop team skills, leadership and resilience, as well as to improve their personal physical fitness.

Our Prep School is set in wonderful grounds with plenty of space for the girls to run and play. The outdoor classroom is an exciting place for our youngest pupils to learn and explore.

Our girls benefit from a huge array of over 50 co-curricular clubs ranging from astronomy to knitting and debating to trampolining and there is always something new to try.

The GDST is a unique family of schools and alumnae providing unrivalled opportunities for career mentoring and contact with successful former students.

Our girls are happy, healthy, confident and balanced giving them an unparalleled preparation for life.