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The Portsmouth Grammar School, Hampshire

School Details
School Crest
High Street,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 23 9236 0036
Fax: +44 23 9236 4256

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Mr J E Priory, MA

Senior School Registrar:
Mrs J Hunt

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Christian, Non-denominational
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
2 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

GCSE results, Please apply to school, Entry test or exam, Assessment, References, Interview, Visit school

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Senior school entry, Choral, Art, Drama, Other bursaries, Means tested bursaries, Academic, Music, Organ, All-rounder, 6th Form, Science, Sport, Financial need, Junior school entry, IB Diploma scholarships

What we offer

  • Photography
  • Design technology
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Psychology
  • Electronics
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Engineering
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • Media/Film studies
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • French
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Ancient Greek
  • Spanish
  • Rugby
  • Table tennis
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Fencing
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Squash
  • Fitness training
  • Martial arts
  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Cross-country
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Rounders
  • Volleyball
  • Chess
  • Adventure training
  • Language club
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Orienteering
  • Young Enterprise
  • Canoeing
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Dance
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Astronomy
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Aspergers Syndrome
Head PhotoThe Portsmouth Grammar School, the oldest in the city, was founded by Dr William Smith in 1732. As Mayor of Portsmouth and Physician to its Garrison, Dr Smith wanted to create a school which would allow children to gain the skills needed to play an active role in their growing community. The catchment area has since extended beyond Southampton to the west, Arundel to the east and Haslemere to the north. But the school's aim to create pupils who are happy and successful - in that order - remains unaltered. The school also likes to think about where pupils will be when they are 25, rather than 18. The school has three parts: Nursery (2½ - 4); Junior School (4 - 11); Senior School (11 - 18). 'We are a family school' says the Headmaster, Mr James Priory, 'educating girls and boys from 2½ to 18 within the secure structure of a strong pastoral system.' A new system of Heads of Year has been introduced to complement an active house structure in the Senior School, and Mr Priory himself operates an 'Open Door' policy for all pupils every morning. This is a happy, thriving school, regularly one of the top co-educational schools in the country, with a fine Music, Drama and Science tradition. A brand new Science Centre opened in 2010. A wide range of over 80 co-curricular activities is available, and families are encouraged to be involved through events like the Junior School's Grandparents' Day, and events organised by the school's Development Office. There is a thriving CCF contingent and many pupils are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The quantity and quality of sport on offer is exceptional and in 2007 and 2008 the School was selected as the only independent co-educational school in the country in The Daily Telegraph's Sports Awards, with PGS pupils regularly competing in National Finals in Hockey, Netball, Cricket and Athletics. PGS is at the leading edge of Sixth Form Studies. Pupils can choose between the International Baccalaureate Diploma and A Levels - studied in a linear approach to enhance performance and allow students to enjoy a public exam-free Year 12. There are over 30 modules in the General Studies programme including Driving, Journalism, Medical Ethics and Law. Students achieve excellent academic results enabling them to pursue their chosen university courses and careers. Over 90% of leavers achieve a place at their first choice of university. PGS's work in partnership with local and international businesses, schools and a whole array of museums and cultural organisations has won considerable national prominence and includes the Portsmouth Festivities, an annual celebration of young people and the arts across the city. We welcome visitors and have open afternoons throughout the year. Please contact the Admissions Secretary for a prospectus and further details.
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