Portsmouth High School celebrates its 130-year anniversary

MEMORIES 1952 school leavers Sheila Gaiman, left, and Jill Hancock, right, with Kate Shaw, director of development
MEMORIES 1952 school leavers Sheila Gaiman, left, and Jill Hancock, right, with Kate Shaw, director of development
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FRIENDS were reunited and memories shared by more than 200 former pupils and staff of a Southsea girls’ secondary who returned to celebrate the school’s 130th anniversary.

Portsmouth High School was filled with women aged between 17 and 95 who enjoyed a tour and traded stories from their school days – some of them as far back as the 1930s.

Sheila Gaiman, a 1952 leaver, said: ‘It was so interesting to see the many changes in the working of today’s school but for me the highlight was the reuniting with old and well loved friends, and the happy smiling faces all round the hall, whatever their age.’

Sarah Spender, who has taught at the school since 1972, said: ‘It was wonderful to see so many of my former pupils and catch up with what they’ve been doing since they left. I chatted with a chocolate scientist for Mars, a producer for ITV, doctors, a baroness and many more with similarly interesting jobs.’

Headmistress Jane Prescott added: ‘It was wonderful to see so many former pupils and staff from so many decades and to hear their memories.

‘Although some aspects of PHS have changed – the girls no longer wear hats, for example – the ethos of providing a first-rate education for women holds as true today as it has always done.’