Daytime Tours

In addition to our Open Evening for perspective pupils and parents on Thursday 9 October, James Humphries, Headteacher, is offering daytime tours of the school.

We hope you are able to join us for one of these; scheduled dates are Tuesday 23rd September at 8.45am and Friday 3 October at 1.45pm.

Please contact Myra Buckley, Head teacher’s PA, to book.  Telephone 02392 819115, Ext 205 or email

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Annual Meeting – Monday 29 September 2014 at 7.15 pm – Main Hall

Dear Parents/Guardians, Friends and Staff

On behalf of Priory Association (the PTA for Priory School) a very warm welcome to all our new Year 7 parents and pupils, and all existing parents and pupils. We would like to invite you to join us for a “very informal” Annual Meeting on Monday 29 September 2014 at 7.15 pm in the main hall.  We are required to hold this Annual Meeting to elect or re-elect members and agree our accounts.

We are a very friendly group of parents, teachers, and school representatives who meet a couple of times each term.  Our main aim is to raise funds for “extras” for the benefit of our pupils, and also to arrange social activities.  We try to make this as enjoyable as possible.

We would welcome your help with a range of activities from serving tea and coffee at the various Parents’ Evenings and other school fundraising events throughout the year, to sharing your ideas of ways to raise money for the benefit of the school, or joining us when possible, as a representative for your child’s Year Group. This is not, of course, a requisite and does not commit you.


We look forward to meeting you all.

Teresa Wilford – Chairperson

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Farnborough International Airshow 2014 – Priory Visit

At the end of the Summer Term, fifty Year 9 pupils had the opportunity to visit Farnborough International Airshow to experience some exhilarating air displays and learn about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Futures Day was one of the highlights of the airshow calendar when the event opened its doors to young people.  The aim was to allow young people of the Solent area to learn about careers in Aerospace and the importance of STEM subjects in career pathways.  The airshow only takes place once every two years so this was a rare opportunity for our pupils to experience first-hand career opportunities in the Aerospace sector.

As well as providing an opportunity to engage with exhibitors, the programme for the day also included a series of mini conferences and industry talks, activity trails taking in specific areas of the site and the International Rocketry Challenge held between teams from the UK, USA and France.  Central to the day’s events was the Innovation Zone where students experienced aerospace technology of the future and meet with academic institutions.

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Priory School – a new Academy with Bohunt Education Trust

On 1 September Priory School became an academy with the Bohunt Education Trust.

This marks a new chapter in the history of the school.

The move comes following consultations with parents, pupils and staff at Priory.

Bohunt Education Trust (BET) currently runs Bohunt School in Hampshire, which is rated Outstanding in every category by Ofsted, is the Times Educational Supplement’s Overall School of the Year and this year received its best ever GCSE results, with over 87% of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including Maths and English.

This year Priory achieved a 6% rise in pupils achieving the ‘gold standard’ of 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English. Looking to the future Priory’s leadership are exploring the implementation, with the Trust’s support, of proven pioneering teaching methods such as Challenge Based Learning, immersion language teaching and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) lessons.

Neil Strowger, Chief Executive of Bohunt Education Trust, said:

“Over the last year we have been working closely with Priory and we are delighted to be moving forward as the sponsor.

“We have already seen a marked improvement in GCSE results and we will be working tirelessly to continue to raise academic standards, as well as introducing a broad programme of extra-curricular activities so pupils develop the skills to thrive in the 21st Century.

“We are looking forward to supporting the school over the coming months and years and delivering Outstanding education to Portsmouth’s young people.”

Education Minister Lord Nash said:

“I am delighted that an outstanding school like Bohunt is sharing their experience and knowledge with other schools.

“Starting with Priory in Portsmouth, I am confident they will help improve the standard of education in schools they oversee, benefiting more pupils and ensuring they are prepared for life in modern Britain.”

Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner for South London and the South East said:

“BET is one of the most promising sponsors in the South East. I am looking forward to working with them to help spread their expertise and dynamism across the region.”

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Early Closure

Last Day of Term

Priory School will close to pupils at 12.15pm on Tuesday 22 July for the summer holidays.  Please let us know if this early closure causes you any problems so that we can make arrangements to accommodate your son or daughter.

School re-opens on Thursday 4 September 2014

Year 7 will start at 08.25am and the rest of the school should arrive during first break 10.50-11.20am.

We wish all our parents and pupils a happy and safe holiday. 

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