School History

The rich history of Portsmouth Grammar School is a testament to our legacy of academic excellence and community spirit.

Founded in 1732 by Dr. William Smith, the school has stood as a beacon of learning in the heart of Portsmouth for nearly three centuries. With a commitment to nurturing young minds and instilling our values of curiosity, creativity, commitment, courage, compassion and collaboration. Portsmouth Grammar School has evolved into a distinguished institution renowned for our academic prowess and inclusive ethos. 

Our interactive timeline offers a journey through key moments in the school's history, highlighting milestones that have shaped us as an institution. At the forefront of this timeline stands Dr. William Smith, whose visionary leadership and dedication to education laid the foundation for the school's inception. His unwavering commitment to providing quality education to the youth of Portsmouth set the stage for generations of students to come. 

One pivotal moment featured in the timeline is Dr. Smith's signature and seal, which solidified his dying wish of creating a grammar school in Portsmouth. Another significant milestone commemorated in the timeline is the enrolment of our first female student, Tracey Villar. Tracey's enrolment marked a watershed moment in the school's history, signalling its dedication to inclusivity and equality. Her courage and determination paved the way for future generations of female students to thrive and excel in the halls of Portsmouth Grammar School. 

As the timeline unfolds, it reveals a tapestry of events, each contributing to the rich tapestry of Portsmouth Grammar School's history. From academic achievements to cultural milestones, the timeline celebrates the diverse array of moments that have shaped the school's identity and fostered a sense of pride among its community. 

From our beginnings to present-day status as a leading educational institution, the school's history serves as a testament to the enduring power of knowledge and the transformative impact of education.