Category: Sixth Form

Outstanding University Success

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The start of the new year always brings news for our Sixth Form pupils about where they will be heading when they leave PGS to embark on the next stage of their educational journey. 2017 is no different. Amongst the many university offers being received we have been delighted to congratulate fourteen pupils who have been offered places to study at Oxbridge colleges from September. “To be successful following such a rigorous application and interview process for places at Oxbridge is a really impressive achievement,” says James Priory, Headmaster. “These pupils have done incredibly well and should be justifiably excited…

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Measuring Athletic Ability


A Challenging PGS Extend Project Fully grasping the opportunity to use her extended project as a stepping stone to university, Alex Jarrold, Year 13, asked if she could work with the Junior School Sports Department and use Junior School pupils to help facilitate her research. Alex’s project was designed to see if an easily measurable set of physiological factors in Year 4 pupils correlated with their fitness levels and sporting ability. Starting her extended project in the early summer, before term ended, meant that Alex could spend time with the children in a PE class to take the measurements she…

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No Limitations on Ambition


We were delighted to welcome Mr Brian Wilkie this week to meet the two Mayfield pupils who are this year’s recipients of the Sixth Form scholarship generously funded by Mr Wilkie. Courtney-Leigh Hardyman and Danielle Todd will join The Portsmouth Grammar School this September as the fifth round of recipients of the Wilkie Scholarship. Mr Wilkie attended Mayfield School from 1960 – 1966 when it was known as the Northern Grammar School and set up the scholarship in 2012 to help young people from Mayfield School to succeed no matter what their financial circumstances. “I’m really pleased to be coming…

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Mathematical Excellence

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Girls as The Portsmouth Grammar School were delighted this week to receive news that they had won a national award for academic excellence.  PGS girls won The Good School Guides Award for ‘Excellent Performance by Girls taking Additional Maths’. The Additional Maths qualification is an examination course taken alongside regular GCSEs by pupils in Year 11 and provides candidates with an introduction to the mathematics studied at AS and A Level.  Winning The Good Schools Guide Award means that the girls at The Portsmouth Grammar School have outranked all other English independent schools in the category. “It is a real achievement…

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Racing for Charity

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Congratulations to Year 12 pupil Theo Hornsey who completed the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon at the beginning of the half term break.  Theo raised almost £600 by taking part in this fairly gruelling, cold and muddy run in aid of the Cancer Research UK charity.  Just 10 months ago Theo spent time in the Piam Brown paediatric oncology ward at Southampton General Hospital after he was diagnosed with a spinal tumour and compressed spinal cord.  Thankfully the tumour was benign and Theo has been able to make a full and very impressive recovery.  “The Piam Brown ward and all the…

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Order! Mr Speaker visits PGS

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“Would I be wildly keen, no, but if it were the wish of the Government and the Official Opposition in the House to welcome Donald Trump – and he would only be invited if he were President – then I would do my duty,” said the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons to an audience of pupils from The Portsmouth Grammar School, Bedales and Springfield School this week. The topical issue of whether he would welcome Donald Trump to the Houses of Parliament was just one dilemma posed by the assembled pupils during the afternoon…

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