Portsmouth High School GDST

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Portsmouth High School is the leading independent school for girls aged 3 to 18 along the south coast of England. The school was founded in 1882 and has a long history of academic success. Former pupils have achieved success in a multitude of careers and many attribute their success to the strong academic and social foundations they received from the school.

The school is one of the twenty three schools and two academies owned and run by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the leading provider of independent education for girls in the country. Pupils can benefit from the GDST alumnae network, an active community of around 70,000 former students and staff. It’s the biggest network of its kind in the country and is there to provide advice and help on any career path.

Portsmouth High School really values each individual and works to enable every pupil to be the best they can be. Staff take time to get to know the girls well and encourage them to take calculated risks and develop their intellectual curiosity whilst achieving very well in a vibrant environment. The school believes life isn’t just about examination results and measures achievements in terms of happiness, friendships, resilience, leadership and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on the value of an all-through education starting in the Pre-School where the first foundations for success are laid, and continuing right through to the Sixth Form.


Portsmouth High School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all of their students, aiming to meet the specific needs of individuals in a mainstream setting.

We recognise that some students have barriers to learning and require particular action by the school. This may include additional or different help from that given to other students of the same age.

Bursaries & Scholarships

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of Scholarships and Bursaries for entry into the Sixth Form at Portsmouth High School. Scholarships are worth up to 5% of annual fees for the two years of Sixth Form and are awarded following a special application and selection procedure. Applications must be submitted by the end of the Autumn Term and selection takes place in late January or early February.

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