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The Portsmouth Grammar School

High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England PO1 2LN
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9236 0036

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 2 - 18 Years Day

Portsmouth Grammar School is a co-educational independent school for children ages 2½ -18. Our purpose is to offer an outstanding education that prepares each individual to lead a fulfilled and purposeful life during and beyond PGS.

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Word From The Head

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From David Wickes, Headteacher

The 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 extends towards Southampton to the west, Bognor Regis to the east, Haslemere to the north and the Isle of Wight. The school's aim to create pupils who are happy and successful and also likes to think about where pupils will be when they are 25, rather than 18.

The school has three parts: Pre-School (2½ - 4); Junior School (4 - 11); Senior School (11 - 18).

'We are a family school' says the Head, Mr David Wickes, 'educating girls and boys from 2½ to 18 within the secure structure of a strong pastoral system.'

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 wide range of co-curricular activities is available, and families are encouraged to be involved through events like the Junior School's Grandparents' Day. There is a thriving CCF contingent and many pupils are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. PGS pupils regularly compete in National Finals in Hockey, Netball, Cricket and Athletics.

PGS is at the leading edge of Sixth Form Studies. 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 Ports Fest, 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 Office for a prospectus and further details.

Open Days, Visits & Events

12-09-2024 - Senior & Sixth Form Open Afternoon

Thursday 12th September 2024, 2:30pm

What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Trinity College Music Exams
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Ancient Greek
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Adventure Training
  • Astronomy
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Language Club
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Aspergers Syndrome (AS)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autistic Spectrum of Disorder (ASD)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH)
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Before School Club
  • Breakfast Club
  • Coeliac/Gluten Intolerance
  • Dairy Intolerance
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • Halal
  • International Students
  • Nut Allergies
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets
  • Vegetarian
  • Wrap Around Care


  • Assessment
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • References
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Art
  • Bursaries
  • Choral
  • Drama
  • Financial Assistance
  • Music
  • Organ
  • Science
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • All denominations welcome
  • Christian
  • Non-denominational
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range2 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£9840 to £15336
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

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    0Weekly Boarding0
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 222
    Part-time: 123

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University