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Portsmouth High School & Mary Rose Museum – Partners in Education

Portsmouth High School & Mary Rose Museum – Partners in Education

Portsmouth High School and the Mary Rose Museum, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, have a long-standing relationship which encompasses teachers, pupils, parents and the Museum Team. This special relationship has been formalised as part of the Mary Rose Partners in Education programme.

Portsmouth High School at the Mary Rose Museum

Portsmouth High School and the Mary Rose Museum work together in a number of ways. Both junior and senior schools visit as part of their history topics and the Mary Rose provides artefacts and replica items for use in school. Last year a team from the school took part in the annual Museum Takeover Day using the collection to create their own history lessons. Several girls have completed work experience placements giving them an insight into the heritage sector at the world class Mary Rose Museum.


Careers, training and employability skills are key areas of the Mary Rose Museum programme. To celebrate the new link, the latest exciting event was held on Friday 11 March. Portsmouth High School has begun a new careers initiative with ‘Ask the Expert’ working lunches to help showcase different jobs and opportunities. Sixth formers had the opportunity to meet Mary Rose staff including PHS alumna, Clare Barnes (Learning Officer), Mary Kinoulty (Head of Learning) and Helen Bonser-Wilton (Chief Executive). Over lunch the discussion was wide-ranging, taking in subjects including transferable skills versus subject knowledge, job satisfaction, professionalism, body language and balancing life and work.


Sammy Davies, Head of Careers, said “It was a great privilege to hold the inaugural working lunch at the Mary Rose Museum. Hearing the real world experiences of women in business complements our school careers provision and adds a new voice to the discussion.”


Sayeeda Nur, 16, said: “A really inspirational event where I’ve learnt how to be a woman in the workplace.”

 Portsmouth High School at the Mary Rose Museum

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Mary Rose Trust Chief Executive said: “I think its important young people hear first-hand experiences from business leaders both to inspire them and show the realities of working life. I have no doubt the girls will be future leaders in their chosen fields.”


Mary Kinoulty and Clare Barnes have also represented the Mary Rose Museum at Careers Evenings and Mock Interview Days. The team has enabled Sixth Formers to take part in work experience during the school holidays. Clare said: “Over the years High School girls have made a fantastic contribution to the museum while enhancing their CVs and personal statements. As a former pupil who has made their career in Portsmouth, it’s great to be able to share the experience with them.”


Last year Georgie Peck, 17, completed a work experience placement which included the National Kids in Museums Teen Twitter Takeover Day. She said: “It was such a great experience to be a part of and it was lovely that lots of other museums were taking part as well. I now have something I can show from my week here which will be useful in the future. I’m really proud of our work.”


Teen Twitter Takeover Day

L-R Molly (Intern), James (Visitor Services Manager) Georgie (Work experience) and Clare (Learning Officer) at the end of Teen Twitter Takeover Day 2015

 We look forward to working with Portsmouth High School in many ways in the future.

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