Portsmouth school breaks record in science experiment

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A SCHOOL is celebrating after pupils helped to break a Guinness World Record.

Portsmouth High School joined 26 schools and academies in the world’s biggest multi-venue science lesson.

In November, girls from Portsmouth High School took part in the world record attempt by conducting two science experiments, involving 2,215 girls in total at 26 schools and academies across the country.

Pupils aged from 10 to 15 conducted one experiment which measured the time taken for an object to drop a set distance, and another which timed a swinging pendulum.

All the schools were members of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the leading group of independent girls’ schools in the UK, which celebrates its 140th anniversary this year.

Headteacher Jane Prescott said: ‘We’re hugely excited to have been part of making science history.

‘Studies have shown that women who go to girls’ schools are more likely to study stereotypically male subjects like physics and chemistry.

‘Taking part in this world record has created even further enthusiasm around the importance of science in the school.’