Faith Menkah (OP 2015-17)
Faith is a first year student studying product design at Coventry University. She joined the sixth form in 2015 as a Wilkie Scholar.“Studying at PGS was an amazing experience. Teachers and pupils alike were welcoming, supportive and helpful, especially in the first few weeks when I needed it most. Of all the co-curricular activities I was able to try out, being in the chamber, close harmony and Sixth Form choirs had the impact. I joined for fun but found they really helped with my music A level too.
In my final year was surprised and honoured to be the first recipient of the David Russell Memorial Prize, created in memory of the former Chairman of Governors and awarded to a Sixth Former who has made a significant contribution to the life of the school and to the wider community.
Thank you to all the donors who came together to fund my bursary, and especially to Brian Wilkie”.
Declan Murphy (OP 2009-16)
Declan is in the second year of a Business Administration degree at the University of Bath after receiving a significant bursary for his whole time at PGS.
“My seven years at PGS helped shape who I am today and the decisions that I make on a daily basis. There is a great work ethic across the school, yet also a real interest in co-curricular activities. I was fortunate to be in the cast for Kiss Me Kate when we performed for Prince Edward at the opening of the Sixth Form Centre.
I appreciated my time in the Sixth Form most. I really benefited from greater independence, the opportunity to make my own choices and the freedom to focus on the areas of study that particularly interested me.
I am currently on a six-month placement which is a part of my degree course, working in the HR department at Accenture. I am finding this a really valuable experience and I am gaining a lot of useful knowledge”.
Rachael Beaves (OP 2014-16)
Rachael joined the University of Surrey in 2016 to study Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems after doing her A levels at PGS. The third year of her course will be spent on an industrial placement with Sony.
“I really appreciated the opportunity to study Electronics as one of my A levels (which ultimately led me to choose my degree). The co-curricular opportunities offered by the Music and Drama departments were also outstanding and really rewarding. I can safely say there was never a wasted moment!
A particular highlight for me was singing in the world premiere of ‘For An Unknown Soldier’, by Jonathan Dove, alongside the London Mozart Players, at the Remembrance Concert in 2014 and then having the opportunity to record this work alongside the Oxford Bach Choir.
I am so grateful to have been awarded a bursary, otherwise I would not have been able to attend PGS. I would like to thank those who continue to support the work of the school , as well as all those who helped to bring out the best in me as a pupil”.
Kendall Field (OP 2015-17)
Kendall is in his first year studying for a MSc in Natural Sciences (Chemistry and Physics) at University College London. He plans to continue on to complete a PhD.
While being academically challenging, PGS also offered a huge range of co-curricular opportunities. I joined the debating society in Year 12 and wrote for the Portsmouth Point blog in Year 13. I also really enjoyed PGS Pride, which hosted some incredibly interesting talks, and Amnesty Society, whose bake sales and ‘Write for Rights’ campaign I was glad to be a part of.
There were academic opportunities like maths challenges, science Olympiads and a Particle Physics Masterclass at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories in Oxfordshire, to name a few, and sports and fitness classes that I would never have tried otherwise.
Since joining UCL, I’ve become quite engaged in politics and have joined some student campaigns! I love living in London, it’s quite a change from Portsmouth, but returning is always something I look forward to. I must thank PGS for the supporting me throughout the relatively short time I was there and for the many ways in which it has helped me prepare for life after Sixth Form.