Portsmouth High School GDST
普茨茅斯中学, 25 Kent Road, Southsea,
Hampshire PO5 3EQ
Tel: 023 9282 6714 Fax: 023 9281 4814
• GIRLS, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 629, Upper sixth 40
• Termly fees £1674–£2310
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Headteacher
What it’s like
Founded in 1882, it is situated in the heart of Southsea, close to the sea, with
the junior school within a 2-minute walk. The original buildings have been
greatly extended and modernised over time. Most recently a sixth-form centre has
been added, a music department and library/resources area. General teaching
rooms are well maintained and comfortable and there is generous provision for
science, art and technology. While broadly Christian, assembly is inclusive and
non-confessional and pupils of all faiths or none participate. Pupils come from
diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds. A broad education is provided
in a caring and supportive environment. Academic standards are high and
examination results very good. There is much emphasis on pastoral care. A varied
programme of extra-curricular activities, with sport, music and the Duke of
Edinburgh Award Scheme figuring prominently.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 4–18; 629 day girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 7, 11, 14 and 16. Own entrance tests used,
based on the National Curriculum. For sixth-form entry, 7 GCSEs at grade C or
above (at least grade B in sixth-form subjects). No special skills or religious
requirements. State school entry, 40% of main intakes plus 80% to sixth form.
Own junior school provides over 40% senior intake (enquiries to the Headteacher,
Portsmouth High Junior School, Dovercourt, 36 Kent Road, Southsea, Hampshire PO5
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships available at 11+ and
16+, music exhibitions at 11, 13 and 16. 2 HSBC scholarships. Bursaries scheme.
Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Headteacher: Miss P Hulse, in post since 1999. Educated at Open
University (English). Previously Deputy Head of Northampton High School.
Teaching staff: 31 full time, 13 part time. Annual turnover 4%.
GCSE: In 2003, 64 pupils in Year 11: 100% gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects with an average score of 67 (62 over 5 years).
A-levels: 36 in upper sixth: all passed in 3+ subjects with a final point
score of 380.
University & college entrance 83% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (17% after a gap year), 3% to Oxbridge. 8% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 17% in science & engineering, 64% in
humanities & social sciences, 11% in vocational subjects eg physiotherapy.
Others typically go on to music college or art foundation courses.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 21 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3–4 at
A-level; general studies taught but not examined. 18% take science A-levels; 52%
arts/humanities; 40% both. Key skills integrated into sixth-form courses with
top-up and support as necessary; encouraged to complete in Year 12.
Vocational: Post-GCSE work experience compulsory.
Special provision: Coaching as necessary.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level;
also GCSE Italian in sixth form. Regular exchanges to France, Germany and Spain.
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week). 130 computers for
pupil use (8 hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access.
Most pupils take Clait or ICAA certificate of competence.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 8+ musical groups including string orchestra, wind band,
chamber choir, orchestras, other choirs and groups. 2 ensembles in finals of
National Chamber Music Competition for Schools. 5 pupils in county youth
orchestra, 2 in training orchestras.
Drama & dance: Dance offered. Theatre studies at GCSE, AS and A-level.
LAMDA and New Era exams may be taken. School productions for each year group.
Art & design: On average, 60 take GCSE, 15 take AS/A-level.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, tennis, rounders, swimming compulsory 11–14.
Optional: Distance running, football. Additional options (14–18): Badminton,
volleyball, table tennis, ice-skating, lacrosse, aerobics. 8 pupils in county
lacrosse squads, 6 netball, 1 tennis, 1 gymnastics, 1 sailing, 1 windsurfing.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional in sixth form. Over 10 clubs, eg aerobics,
computing, debating, drama, judo, pottery, as well as music and sports, chess,
Islamic, first aid.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: House system in place. Head girl and 2 deputies,
elected by senior girls.
Religion: Morning assembly unless withdrawn for religious reasons.
Social: Concerts, plays, debates, musicals, lectures with local schools;
Young Enterprise etc. Exchanges with France, Germany, Spain; group cultural
visits; skiing trips. Pupils allowed to bring own car/bike to school (no parking
provided for cars). Meals self-service. School tuckshop. No tobacco or alcohol
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once will be required
to do it; those caught smoking cannabis on the premises can expect immediate
suspension and probable expulsion.
Alumni association is run by The Secretary of the PHS Guild c/o the