Portsmouth Point is 10


Mr James Burkinshaw reflects on the first decade of the PGS magazine and blog.

Portsmouth Point Editors, 2019

Portsmouth Point celebrates its 10th anniversary in March 2019.

In Spring 2009, Mr Julian Elphick-Smith launched the first issue of the magazine (cover pictured), outlining his immortal “Coffee House Principle” which encouraged free discussion and debate; the magazine offered a platform for pupils and staff to explore any issue of interest to them.

Since then, we have published 19 further issues, with themes (chosen by the pupil-editors) ranging from Truth, Icons and Human Rights to Lost & Found, Dreams & Reality and Fight Club (the latter featuring series of very civilised and substantive debates over controversial issues!).


In Spring 2012, new editor Mr James Burkinshaw, along with pupil Daniel Rollins, launched Portsmouth Point online, with the introduction of the blog as a complement to the printed magazine – providing pupils, staff and parents the opportunity to post opinions and explore issues on a daily basis. Our first blog articles were on the Greek philosopher Thales and Dubstep – encapsulating the extraordinary range of topics discussed on the blog and in the magazine ever since. To date, we have published nearly 3,000 articles online with over 800,000 page views.

In March 2019, we celebrated our tenth birthday with a makeover – introducing a new blog design developed by the Senior Editors with the support of Mr Hywel Stayte. Our thanks to Mr Oliver Stone, to all of the pupils and staff who have contributed thousands of articles over the past decade and to all of our loyal and often long-standing readers. Here is to another ten years of impassioned and enlightened debate and discussion.


Our three most widely-read posts to date covered:

#3: Calculating the mathematical probability of finding a girlfriend

#2: Gender Inequality in Choral Singing

#1: The 13th Doctor: A Step in the Right Direction or Political Correctness Gone Mad?