Ex-pupils return to their old school 75 years on

Headmistress of Portsmouth High School, Mrs Jane Prescott, Head Girl, Ellie Webb, alumnae, Mrs Trisha Ferris''Students from Portsmouth High School who were sent to Alresford to boarding school during the war have met up 75 years later.
Headmistress of Portsmouth High School, Mrs Jane Prescott, Head Girl, Ellie Webb, alumnae, Mrs Trisha Ferris''Students from Portsmouth High School who were sent to Alresford to boarding school during the war have met up 75 years later.
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SCHOOL girls returned to the place where they were educated during the Second World War.

In 1939 Hinton Ampner near Alresford, Hampshire, became the war time home for Portsmouth High School for girls.

75 years on, the ladies returned to their former school, to unveil a plaque and see their stories recreated in an exhibition.

Now a National Trust house, at the time it was owned by Ralph Dutton.

It became a boarding school for students during the war years.

The Portsmouth High School alumnae gathered around a recently planted tree and the present head girl, Ellie Webb, 17, and former student, Trisha Ferris, 80, unveiled a plaque with the school’s motto, ‘Knowledge is now no more a fountain sealed’.

‘It has been a wonderful occasion to gather today with former school friends,’ said Trisha.

Ellie Webb said: ‘I am so pleased to be here today to represent Portsmouth High School.

‘Talking to these ladies I realise that the core values of a Portsmouth High School girl have changed very little in the last 75 years.

‘These ladies showed such courage and resilience and I hope that we can take away some of their qualities as we move on through our lives.’