The Portsmouth Grammar School is one of the country’s leading co-educational day schools and is renowned for excellent teaching, superb pastoral care and excellent co-curricular opportunities. The support our pupils experience at PGS and the challenges they encounter have a shared purpose: that each individual should be happy and successful, and in that order. In the spirit of our founder, Dr William Smith, we seek to provide excellence in all areas of school life and encourage our girls and boys to think not only about where they will be at 18 but where they aspire to be at 25. Portsmouth is, after all, a city concerned with destinations.
About the school
Founded in 1732, PGS is the oldest school in the city and, uniquely, as a non-denominational Cathedral School, we honour the legacy of our Founder, whilst adapting our values for the twenty first century.
Our aim is for The Portsmouth Grammar School to have an international outlook and to be at the forefront of educational. Our purpose is centred on our pupils, our staff and on our role in providing an outstanding educational experience:
• To ignite curiosity, imagination and passion for learning
• To value each individual and to celebrate what they contribute to the school and the wider community
• To nurture each individual’s intellectual, spiritual, artistic, sporting and social faculties
• To develop each individual’s confidence to lead and serve in a changing world
• To provide foundations for the future, preparing our pupils not only for university but for life.
We are very much a family school and we are pleased to offer an education across the age range. Our Nursery 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. In particular, the Nursery encourages active independent learning through a carefully planned programme of activities delivered in a safe environment with indoor and outdoor play.
The Junior School aims to give children the best possible start in life offering every pupil the chance to learn to swim, sail and play a brass, string, or woodwind instrument for free as well as the opportunity to appear in an annual theatrical production.
Senior School pupils achieve outstanding GCSE and A level results and, as an IB World School, we are proud to offer the International Baccalaureate as an alternative route to University.
Set in historic Old Portsmouth, we are a school looking to the future and our facilities include a multi-million pound 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 and outdoor pursuits. Our choirs and orchestras have performed at international celebrations abroad, and at home in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall; our drama students have appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Kings Theatre and the New Theatre Royal and our young athletes repeatedly make the national finals of rugby, cricket, netball and hockey competitions.