The ESH is an additional hall to our main school hall and was named after a former pupil and Governor. The hall is used for a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities. Prep assemblies, drama, literary workshops, visiting speakers and social events take place here and there is also an adjoining garden area. Year 11 sit their GCSE exams in the hall as it is separate from the main school.
From Year 5 upwards Science lessons take place in one of two modern and fully equipped Science Labs. Senior pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and there are many enrichment activities to support the curriculum i.e. Science Week, Living Eggs project and the CREST awards competition.
Reception provides a stimulating and secure learning environment. Excellent resources inside and outside fosters exploration, imagination and independence. Specialist teaching in PE, Music and Drama begins in Reception and in Years 1 and 2, pupils have additional specialist teaching in Art, Design & Technology, French and Spanish with access to a dedicated Art Studio and Design & Technology workshop.
Harrison Catering Services provides healthy School meals for PGHS and there are 3 weekly menus. All meals are freshly prepared on-site. The company focus is the provision of high quality meals made with fresh and seasonal ingredients.
The Smart Raspberry after school Cookery Club for Preps and Juniors is also run here.
Humanities comprise the Geography and History Departments. Geography aims to tackle the big issues facing the world today such as environmental responsibility, global interdependence and cultural understanding and tolerance. Residential field trips support the curriculum.
History aims to inspire pupils to examine, question and, most importantly, appreciate the study of past events. This enhances not only their historical understanding but can be invaluable when applied to their studies in all subjects.
PGHS holds two main events each year at St. John’s Church – Founder’s Day and the Christmas Carol Service. These events are an important way for the whole School to come together and celebrate. The after-school Club run by M&M Childcare is also based in St. John’s Church Hall.
The library houses a collection of high-quality, attractive print and electronic resources for all the pupils in the School. We stock a diverse selection of fiction covering different genres, interests and abilities for children, teenagers and adults and the collection covers the wide range of curriculum areas providing for all year groups.
We are fortunate to have a well-equipped professional D&T workshop on-site with access to a 3D printer, pillar drill, sheet metal bender, wire sculptor and CAD & CAM technology. This enables pupils to study resistant materials, electronic products and product design.
The Juniors have their main subjects taught in their classrooms and then visit specialist classrooms to be taught by subject specialist teachers in Art, Design & Technology, Drama, French, Music, PE and Spanish. Many of the practical subjects are taught in half class groups.
Through studying both English Language and English Literature, pupils regularly explore a wide variety of texts from the classics to more contemporary writers. Theatre trips and visits are arranged throughout the academic year to enhance pupils’ understanding and enjoyment.
Our Mathematics Department aims to ensure that all pupils gain a firm understanding of mathematical principles, which are integral to the study of Science, Technology, and the Arts (STEAM).
Our Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Department has access to an extensive range of resources and pupils are taught French and Spanish through a wide variety of active methods which make learning fun.
The music suite contains its own ICT area (software includes Sibelius, Mixcraft8 and Soundtrap), an interactive whiteboard as well as a wide range of instruments with a full class set of keyboards, ukuleles, xylophones and a samba percussion kit.
Pupils are taught in a fully-equipped Art studio where they experience a wide range of materials and techniques, including sculpture, screen printmaking, mono-printing, relief printing, batik, observational drawing, painting and collage.
PGHS Nursery is our pre-school for 3-4 year old girls. The Nursery is purpose-built and has excellent classroom facilities for children as well as a lovely garden area for climbing, balancing, riding tricycles and scooters, ball skills, playing in the sand or water, observing the natural world and much more!
Girls in Years 10 & 11 go to Southbury Leisure Centre where, during their triple lesson in the Autumn and Spring Terms, they can opt to take aerobics, badminton, basketball, swimming, volleyball or trampolining. During the Summer term the activities move outdoors to The Walker Ground and change to Athletics, Tennis and Rounders.
The Equestrian Centre at Trent Park is a vibrant, professional riding school for London and the Home Counties as well as a British Horse Society Equestrian Centre of Excellence. Girls in Year 5 enjoy weekly group lessons during the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms.
All pupils in Year 3 upwards enjoy the excellent facilities at the Walker Ground. Juniors and Seniors participate in Netball, Tennis, Unihoc, Athletics and Rounders and in addition Seniors play Football and Tag Rugby. All Sports Days are held here and parents are warmly invited.