The Portsmouth Grammar School is a leading co-educational day school renowned for excellent teaching, superb pastoral care and co-curricular opportunities. The support and challenges encountered by pupils at PGS share a purpose: that each individual be happy and successful, in that order. The school seeks to provide excellence in all areas of school life, encouraging pupils to think not only about where they will be at 18 but where they aspire to be at 25.

As the oldest school in the city we honour the legacy of our Founder, Dr William Smith, whilst adapting our values for the twenty first century. Our aim is to have an international outlook and to be at the forefront of educational development as one of the UK’s most successful co-educational schools.

We are very much a family school and are pleased to offer an education across the age range. Our Pre-School for two-and-a-half to four-year-olds, the Junior School for children aged four to eleven and a Senior School for students aged eleven to eighteen, are all dedicated to helping girls and boys thrive and to reach their potential.  

As pupils develop in the Junior School, we are able to monitor their academic progress and build an accurate picture of each child’s potential; this is then used to determine entrance to the Senior School in place of sitting the entrance assessment examination.   This allows us to reward a child’s hard work and attainment over a period of time and brings the Junior and Senior curriculums much closer together, acknowledging that PGS is very much one school.

We are also a school looking to the future and our facilities include a brand new Sixth Form Centre, a state-of-the-art Science Centre, a Music School, a modern dining and theatre complex, a fully refurbished library and all-weather hockey pitches at our Hilsea Playing Fields.

These facilities have helped PGS enhance its national reputation for the quality of its co-curricular activities, particularly in music, drama, sport, CCF and outdoor pursuits.

Head’s Report 2021