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Girls are taught to think on their feet and to recognise that they don’t have to be perfect. Regular dialogues with parents and pupils about homework stress. They are encouraged to spend time sitting and chatting with friends as well as joining in activities. Portsmouth is the smallest school in the Trust and parents love the combination of the warm family atmosphere but with the benefits and support of the wider GDST. They love the ‘give it a go’ attitude and inclusive approach...

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Our school aims to foster an atmosphere of ambition and enterprise, a devoted advocate for single sex education, Headmistress Mrs Jane Prescott BSc PGCE says there is no subject stereotyping. Girls are encouraged to develop their own voice and views and this inspires a confidence to take risks and tackle new challenges. We recognise pupils as individuals and aim to nurture both intellect and wellbeing, this focus on wellbeing has sent results soaring.

We are one of twenty five GDST schools and therefore have the benefit of belonging to a network hugely experienced in girls learning.
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Since 2011, Jane Prescott BSc PGCE NPQH. Educated at a grammar school in Norfolk and with a PGCE in geography from Cardiff, she started her career as a geography teacher and was deputy head of Leicester and Loughborough High Schools before joining Portsmouth High as head. She no longer has much time for teaching, but tutors geography GCSE and A level and teaches food technology to year 7. She is an independent schools inspector - which she says helps her make sure Portsmouth High is up to date, president elect 2020 of the Girls’ School Association and governor of local state and prep schools. She is also a trustee for the King’s Theatre in Southsea. So not someone who sits around.

Outdoorsy, open, friendly and easy to get on with,...

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Special Education Needs

We have a small number of girls throughout the school who have Special Education Needs (primarily Dyslexia). We have a dedicated Learning Support Teacher who is able to assess pupils' needs and provide the appropriate support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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