"The HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS at SOUTHSEA was
opened for the reception of pupils yesterday.
The school has been established under the
auspices of the Girls’ Public Day School
Company, in connection with the National Union
for Improving the Education of Women, the
president of this Union being HRH the Princess
Louise. The company was started in 1972, and we
believe the Southsea school is the twentieth
which it has established. It is a rule of the
Company to open a school in any district where a
total of 400 shares has been subscribed for.
When the scheme was mooted at Southsea, at a
meeting called by circular, Mr William Edmonds
was appointed hon. Secretary, and, thanks to his
energy, subscribers were found for 560 shares.
There was considerable difficulty in finding a
suitable site for the school, but at length the
committee were most fortunate in securing a
commodious and well situate building, viz.
Marlborough House, Osborne-Road, Southsea. The
interior of the premises has been thoroughly
renovated, and adapted for the purpose,
accommodation being provided for a hundred
pupils with provision for enlargement. The
various class rooms have been furnished in a
very complete manner. The desks are fitted upon
a new principle, the patent of Messrs Hammer and
Co, and the walls are adorned with the latest
editions of Stanford’s excellent maps. Due
attention has been paid to the sanitary and
ventilating arrangements, which are perfect.
Although, owing to the delay, the school is
opened at half term, thirty pupils have
commenced their studies, and this is considered
a highly satisfactory start under the
circumstances. As already announced, Miss Ledger
has been selected as the head mistress of the
school, and the appointment has been unanimously
approved by the local committee. "