Junior School

4+

The assessments for joining us in Reception Year are informal and no preparation is required as we want to be able to get to know your child.

To follow the current guidelines, the first part of the assessment will be an online meeting with a Reception Year teacher which will last about 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes with Mrs Amy Wilson-Smith, Head of the Junior School. We encourage parents to let your child talk and suggest that they have their favourite toy / object with them that they will be happy to talk about. They will also be asked to draw a picture during the talk with the Reception Year teacher, so a pencil and paper will be needed.

Years 1 and 2

To follow the current guidelines, the first part of the assessment will be an online meeting with at teacher in Year 1 or 2 which will last approximately 10 minutes, followed by the opportunity to talk to Mrs Amy Wilson-Smith, Head of the Junior School. We want to get to you know your child during this online meeting and encourage the child to bring their favourite toy / object with them that they are happy to talk about. The children will be asked a mixture of quizzes:

  • show the children a few High Frequency words to check their sight vocabulary show the children a few High Frequency words to check their sight vocabulary
  • show some phoneme blends for a small phonic check
  • ask them to write numbers to 10 or 20(depending if they are Year 1 or Year 2)and show them on the screen
  • ask them to spell some high frequency words to show on the screen

Children are also asked to bring a selection of books to read during the meeting.

Years 3 – 6

Children will be asked to come in to school to sit assessments in the Admissions Office. Parents will be greeted at the entrance to the school and the child then accompanied to the Admissions Office to do three online assessments in Maths, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning, followed by Creative Writing.

After the assessments have taken place, parents will meet with Mrs Amy Wilson-Smith online. Interviews with the child will also take place online so that Mrs Wilson-Smith can speak
to the whole family.

Senior School

Please click here for an update on plans for Entrance Assessments due to be held in January 2021

Entry into Year 7 (Internal)

Pupils from The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School are offered places at the Senior School based on continuous assessment (their progress and attainment over their time at the Junior School) and therefore do not sit the 11+ assessment.

Entry into Year 7 (11+, External)

We believe strongly in the importance of recognising each child’s academic potential and seek to gain as much insight as possible into their enthusiasm and curiosity, as well their particular strengths and interests.

On a Saturday morning early in the spring term we invite girls and boys to sit assessments in Non Verbal Reasoning, a Reading Comprehension, Mathematics and English.  We also request a reference from the child’s current school.

We also invite each child to an interview and encourage them to bring an item of special interest to talk about.  You can find out more about the PGS Interview Experience by watching the video below:

All candidates are automatically considered for scholarships and other academic awards.  Means-tested financial assistance is also available, subject to application in advance.

Extra time is available for children with a recognised need subject to the following criteria:

Criteria for awarding extra time in Entrance Assessments 

Entry into Year 9 (13+)

We use the 11+ Entrance Assessments as a pre-test for girls and boys wishing to join the school at 13+.  Conditional places will be offered based on the 11+ results and confirmed following our own 13+ Entrance Assessment in January.   We believe that this helps families to plan ahead successfully for a change in their child’s school at 13+.

Those children who have missed taking our 11+ Assessments will be asked to take our 13+ Assessments as a pre-test. All places are dependent on satisfactory performance in the 13+ Assessments in January of the year of entry.

The 13+ Entrance Assessments involve an interview, a current school reference and written papers in English, Mathematics, Non-Verbal Reasoning and a Modern Language.

All candidates are automatically considered for scholarships and other academic awards; these may be awarded following the 13+ Assessments.  Children may also apply for scholarships in Art, Drama, Music and Sport.  Some means-tested financial assistance may also be available, subject to application in advance of assessment.

Criteria for awarding extra time in Entrance Assessments

Entry into Sixth Form (16+)

Girls and boys wishing to apply to join the Sixth Form are invited to attend an interview during which we like to explore their current interests, emerging subject choices at either A level or the IB diploma, and university and career aspirations.  Candidates are asked to take a short Non Verbal Reasoning test. 

Interviews are held in November in the year preceding entry to the Sixth Form and are also available in February and March prior to GCSE.

Offers of places in the Sixth Form are conditional on performance at GCSE with the recommendation of achieving A grades in the subjects most relevant to candidates’ subjects choices at A level or Higher Level IB.

All candidates are automatically considered for scholarships in light of their GCSE results.  They may also apply for scholarships in Art, Drama, Music and Sport.  Means-tested financial assistance is also available, subject to application in advance.