Dr Anne Cotton, Head of The Portsmouth Grammar School, will be leaving the school in August 2022 to become Head of King’s College School in Wimbledon, after joining PGS in 2018. King’s College School in Wimbledon is a school of over 1400 pupils and is regarded as one of the most academically successful schools in the world.  It is a testament to Anne’s abilities and her achievements at PGS that she has been appointed to this prestigious role. 

During Anne’s tenure, she has continued the work of her predecessors so that PGS remains one of the leading co-educational schools in the south, with an enviable reputation for all-round excellence across a wide range of academic, cultural, and sporting activities, whilst ensuring that these opportunities are available to talented young people according to need.

In 2020, Anne launched the five-year strategic plan for PGS with the overriding aim of “preparing our young people to make a courageous contribution in the world beyond school”.  This is underpinned by the comprehensive pastoral systems that the school has in place, which seek to enable both pupils and staff to flourish as individuals as part of a warm and caring community.

Chair of Governors, Walter Cha, commented, “Anne has led from the front during her time here, developing the through-school ethos, introducing a new Sixth Form enrichment curriculum and promoting strong links with the local community. Anne’s stewardship of the school during the COVID-19 pandemic has also been exemplary.  Marshalling school resources to deal with changing circumstances and guidelines has undoubtedly been a challenge; the fact that the school was able to function successfully over the last year or so despite these unwanted challenges is a testament to Anne’s leadership and forward planning.”

Alongside this, there has been a renewed focus on bursaries fundraising, with one of the sector’s most successful Giving Days in Spring 2021. A new Learning Support facility has been developed, together with improvements to the learning environment in Cambridge House.

Walter Cha concluded, “As Governors, we are now beginning the process of appointing a successor to take over from Anne in September 2022.  I am in no doubt that PGS will be an attractive proposition for those seeking a dynamic and forward-looking educational leadership opportunity, and we have every confidence that our search will produce a strong field of talented applicants.”