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Portsmouth High School, Southsea

Portsmouth High School
Entrance to the school
Established 1882
Type Independent day school
Headmistress Mrs Jane Prescott
Chairman of Governors Mrs Anne McMeehan-Roberts
Founder Girls' Public Day School Trust
Location Kent Road
DfE number 851/6003
Students ~440 (Currently 427)[1]
Gender Girls
Ages 4–18
Colours Maroon and Gold
Affiliation Girls' Day School Trust
Former Students' Association GDST Alumni
Website Official website

Portsmouth High School is an independent day school for girls in Southsea, a district in the southern coastal city of Portsmouth, England. Founded by the Girls' Public Day School Trust in 1882, it is one of the Trust's smaller schools.

The Good Schools Guide described the school as "a super no-frills choice: big enough to appeal to almost any girl, but not at the expense of the personal touch".[2]


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
  • Notable former pupils 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Portsmouth High School was founded by the Girls' Public Day School Trust (now the Girls' Day School Trust) in 1882. The school moved to its present premises on Kent Road in Southsea in 1885, when the building was opened by Princess Louise. Dovercourt, the house built and lived in by the Southsea architect Thomas Ellis Owen, was acquired for the Junior School in 1927. During World War II the school was evacuated to two country houses in Hampshire, Hinton Ampner (Junior Pupils) and Adhurst St Mary (Senior Pupils), and became a boarding school for six years. After the war, the school became a direct grant grammar school under the Education Act 1944 and became independent during the mid-1970s when the scheme was abolished.

In 2011, the school was awarded the

  • Official website
  • Profile on MyDaughter
  • Profile on the ISC website
  • ISI Inspection Reports
  • Profile on the GDST website

External links

  1. ^ [2], Portsmouth High School GDST on the Independent Schools Council website.
  2. ^ Profile on the Good Schools Guide
  3. ^ "Southsea school wins computing award".  
  4. ^ "Top award for globally minded Portsmouth High School girls".  
  5. ^ "GCSEs: Portsmouth High School".  
  6. ^ "Midsomer Murders star is proud of her Pompey roots".  
  7. ^ I did believe I could win. So although losing was not a surprise it was disappointing"'".  


Notable former pupils

Portsmouth High has an excellent academic track record in examinations.[5] In 2013 percentage number of A levels graded A or A* was 56% and the number of A Levels graded A* to B was 89% making it highest achieving school locally and number 100 of independent schools nationally.



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