Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below our most frequently asked questions about joining PGS. If the question you need to ask is not there, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions team who will be able to help you.

Senior School Admissions - 023 9236 4269

Junior School Admissions - 023 9236 4244

Email - [email protected]

Saturday 9th November 2024, 11+ and 13+ Assessments

Friday 15th  November 2024, 11+ and 13+ Interviews

Saturday 23rd November 2024, Sixth Form interview and assessment date.

All offers will be sent out in early December 2024.

11+ and 13+: The closing date for applications for 2025 entry is Friday 20th September 2024.

Sixth Form: The closing date for applications for 2024 entry is Friday 18th October 2024.

Yes. We can assess pupils for entry in to other year groups if there is space in that year group and transition is possible.

No, though we do encourage early applications to ensure there is space for your child in the correct year group and that we are able to offer a smooth transition for them in to the school.

Yes, we would love to see you!

Prospective families often start their PGS journey by visiting the school.

During the year there are a number of Open Events that we warmly invite you to attend. At these events you have the opportunity to hear from the Head and take a pupil-led tour to see the school in action on a normal week day. Dates for these events are on our school website.

If you would prefer a personal family tour of the school and would like to meet the Head or Head of Junior School, then please contact our Admissions Team who will be pleased to make arrangements for a visit tailored to your interests and needs.

Click here for dates of our Open Events and to book a visit.

The Portsmouth Grammar School is situated in the heart of historic Portsmouth.

The city is linked to the motorway network by the M27 and M275, and, being central to the city, the road network easily leads you to our door. There is ample parking around the school enabling easy drop off and collection of pupils.

Many pupils take the train to school, Portsmouth & Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour stations from Haslemere, Petersfield, Chichester, Fareham and other towns just outside Portsmouth. Both city stations are within a fifteen minute walk of the school.

Ferries and hovercrafts constantly traverse the water from the Isle of Wight and Gosport. The Isle of Wight and Gosport terminals are again only a fifteen minute walk from us.

There are also minibus and bus routes that operate to school and home again, please click here for more information.

Each day the Dining Hall offers a wide range of freshly cooked, nutritious meals for the pupils. There are always a selection of options available to suit different dietary needs within the choice of hot meals, as well as a fresh salad bar and fruit.

Breakfast is available daily in the Dining Hall and Sixth Form Centre before the start of school from 07:45 – 08:30.

Snacks are available for Sixth Form pupils in the Sixth Form Centre.

For the convenience of parents, we run a termly charging system for food. This helps us effectively manage costs and offset the effects of food inflation. We continuously improve our food provision which includes a convenient, contemporary, ‘grab and go’ cold selection alongside a varied hot food menu that operates on a three-week cycle.

This termly fee covers a two-course meal deal for lunch and a freshly baked snack at break time. Your child will also be able to purchase additional snacks, cooked breakfast and other additional food items via their Wisepay account.


Our bespoke uniform has great historical significance and the striking black, red and gold PGS colours are easily recognised throughout the city and surrounding areas. Complemented by the ever-present PGS Lion, our uniform is available to purchase through our own dedicated Uniform Shop situated in the heart of the school, just off the main Quad.

More Information on our Uniform