The Portsmouth Grammar School

The Portsmouth Grammar School

Leading co-educational day school renowned for excellent teaching

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 share a purpose: that they should be happy and successful, in that order. Seeking to provide excellence in all areas of school life, we encourage pupils to think not only about where they will be

Operating as usual

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 20/12/2023

Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Livs who won the Brighton & Hove Albion Foundation competition to design a colourful and inclusive shirt to promote ’s Rainbow Laces campaign and show support to the LGBTQ+ community.

DJ Norman Cook AKA joined Seagulls' supporters' group chairman Stuart Matthews, Gillian Martin from the Fan Advisory Board and the Albion's LGBTQ+ staff network chairman Paul Callander on the judging panel.

Liv received two tickets to Brighton’s home game against Brentford, the club's designated Rainbow Laces fixture, where the shirt featured in the players' pre-match warm up and was worn by Albion mascots Gully and Sally.

"It came as such a shock to me," she said, "I’ve been a huge Brighton fan since the day I could talk due to my grandad sharing his passion for the club he’s supported since he was little, which makes this experience even more amazing," said Livs.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 08/12/2023

PGS Prizegiving returned to the Portsmouth Guildhall this year with the whole of the Senior and Sixth Form pupil community taking part in this celebration of collective and individual success.

Joined by nearly 200 parents and guests, the Guildhall provided the perfect venue for the community to gather to congratulate the prizewinners for their efforts and achievements. “I recognize that every day individual pupils achieve success in many ways. Sometimes these do not appear to be major things, but when they are all added together, they result in the considerable achievements that we see from all our pupils,” said Mr Wickes, Head of The Portsmouth Grammar School in his welcome. “It is not the impressive buildings that make our school, it is you, the pupils, that make it such a special and inspiring place.”

The ceremony then moved on to the awarding of over 180 prizes celebrating the academic successes of pupils. These included subject specific prizes along with the named prizes such as the J D Hopkinson Prize for Earth Science, the Sir William Crossman Memorial Prize for Mathematics, the Kenneth Budden Prize for Electronics, and the Mike Barnard Prizes for Sport.

The qualities of the PGS Core – curiosity, creativity, commitment, courage, compassion, collaboration – underpin every aspect of PGS life. They are designed to help pupils make the best of the opportunities they have and to forge purposeful pathways for the future. Following the subject specific prizes, over 70 prizes were then awarded to pupils for achievements reflecting each of these values.

Following the prizes, the Guest of Honour at the ceremony, Mr Ronit Kanwar gave a speech reflecting on his career and achievements, "Mistakes are your income, take risks, be bold and ambitious, do something and change the world.”

The ceremony then ended with inspirational speeches from the Head Prefects.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 04/12/2023

On Thursday evening, we were delighted to welcome back to the School His Honour Judge Peter Lodder KC, to preside over a Mock Trial. This took place in the Memorial Library. Himself an OP and governor, Peter gave our older pupils a brilliant opportunity to participate as witnesses, advocates or members of the jury. It gave a valuable insight into the world of law, public speaking and the art of persuasion. Pupils interested in this sort of opportunity are encouraged to join the PGS Law Society by being in touch with Mr Taylor ([email protected]). Thanks also to the parents and staff who supported the event.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 30/11/2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Hilsea Playing Fields on Sunday for our annual fireworks display! Even though it was damper than we had hoped, it was a brilliant evening! Well done to our golden ticket winners, who enjoyed an indulgent banquet of sweet treats and access to the best view of the fireworks in our Pavilion.

Special thank you to Mr Murray, Mr Ashcroft and Mr Smith for organising this successful event!

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 28/11/2023

The curtains have now fallen on our school production, leaving an indelible mark as our remarkably talented pupils took to the spotlight, enchanting audiences with their captivating rendition of 'Guys and Dolls' at the New Theatre Royal.

A resounding congratulations and bravo are in order for the phenomenal cast, whose performances transcended the ordinary, immersing spectators in the glamorous world of Broadway with each spellbinding scene.

Our applause also extends beyond the actors to the tireless crew working behind the scenes. Their meticulous efforts breathed life into the production with seamless precision.

And lastly, we must also congratulate our incredible orchestra! The harmonious melodies resonated throughout the theatre, skillfully orchestrated by the talented ensemble. Their musical prowess added an incredible layer of enchantment, elevating the entire experience to unprecedented heights.

Congratulations on three consecutive nights of pure theatrical brilliance! Here's to the cast, crew, and orchestra for crafting a truly spectacular and unforgettable production of 'Guys and Dolls'!

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 21/11/2023

🌟 Flashback to the enchanting Diwali Celebration in our Pre-School and Reception! 🌟

Our young learners united for a vibrant Festival of Lights to commemorate Diwali!

The DRT underwent a mesmerising transformation, adorned with a kaleidoscope of colours and twinkling lights. Our curious little explorers delved into the captivating world of Diwali traditions, unravelling the cultural tapestry that defines its significance. 🎇


There are ONLY 3 DAYS to go until the curtain lifts at the New Theatre Royal and our pupils present the dazzling world of Guys and Dolls! Join us for a thrilling journey through 1930s New York City, where gamblers are making their moves, and dancers are setting the stage on fire in Times Square during the Great Depression.

Our talented pupils with a full orchestra, captivating choreography, and unforgettable characters, promise you an exciting evening that transports you to Broadway and beyond. Get ready for classic tunes like 'Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat', 'Luck Be A Lady', and 'If I Were A Bell' that will leave you tapping your feet and humming along.

Don't miss this unforgettable theatrical experience. Guys and Dolls will sweep you off your feet and into a world of glamour, humour, and timeless music! Be there for an unforgettable night!

Get your tickets now and be part of the magic via the link in our bio!


This week Geography Society was excited to welcome Dipo Faloyin to talk about his bestselling book and explain why, contrary to popular misconception, Africa is not a country!

We had an excellent turnout with pupils and staff from Years 7 to 13, including members of the Pupils Uganda Group and the Diversity and Inclusion Society, who came to learn more about the real story of the African continent with all its diversity of human and physical geography.

Dipo explained why the borders of so many African countries were drawn with straight lines and how colonisers deceptively spread negative stereotypes to justify their land grabs, despite the rich cultures and civilisations they came across on the ground.

Pupils were eager to ask questions and contribute to the discussion and we hope that this will inspire members of the PGS community to read and learn more about this important topic.

Dipo’s book is available in the library, and we hope to do a follow-up session to discuss the book in more detail – watch this space!

Thank you again to for your inspirational and thought-provoking talk!


Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 18/10/2023

Spending some time getting to know the area and the pupils at our language exchange partners , PGS have arrived in Vitoria. They have spent time at the college and with the children in the nursery practising their Spanish skills.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 17/10/2023

String orchestras, jazz ensembles, big band, concert band, trumpet quartet, massed voices of Year 7 - the Autumn Concert had it all! After just five weeks of rehearsals, the Music Department proudly presented an evening of electrifying performances. Our young String Sinfonietta players who opened the concert with music from Pirates of the Caribbean played beautifully with a real sense of poise and ensemble. The house was brought down by Students’ Collective whose sophisticated, tight ensemble jazz performances really raised the temperature ready for the Concert Band’s performance of Star Wars Marches. The first half ended with all of Year 7 - 100 voices in all - accompanied by the 40-piece Concert Band, singing a medley from The Lion King; it was fantastic to hear the energy and enthusiasm of these young singers who also managed some beautiful lyrical moments as well.

The second half of the concert opened with a classy fanfare for four trumpets, followed by PGS Brass in a programme of music from the Beatles to Bond and a Tuba solo feature! The concert closed with a phenomenal performance by the Big Band featuring hugely impressive improvisation from the trombone, trumpet, and saxophone departments. This sent the audience home with a spring in their step! Thank you to the nearly 200 pupils who performed and the Music Department staff for an enjoyable evening of music.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 13/10/2023

We are thrilled to announce that Dawn in Year 12, achieved remarkable success at the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Awards.

In this prestigious competition, now in its 25th year, Dawn was recognised as one of the top 15 poets in the world. Out of 6,600 young poets aged 11-17 from 119 countries who submitted 15,800 poems, Dawn's talent shone.

The winners were officially announced yesterday at Shakespeare's Globe in London, where Dawn received various prizes including mentoring opportunities and a residential writing course in February.

We are incredibly proud of Dawn's outstanding achievement and want to extend our heartfelt congratulations!

To see Dawns poem, visit the poetry society’s website:


Last week, the Music Department held a successful experience day that brought together pupils from the Junior, Senior, and Sixth Form, along with 30 visiting musicians from West Hill Park School and The Prebendal School.

Throughout the day, the musicians collaborated to form a large orchestra of 140 pupils, working diligently to prepare and perform a captivating piece of music for parents at the end of the day.

The day was a resounding success, uniting pupils of all ages and showcasing their talents. The final piece left the audience thoroughly impressed, demonstrating not just the capabilities of their children but also, the power music education has in bringing people together. Well done to everyone involved!

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 11/10/2023

On Thursday, we celebrated the outstanding achievements of pupils who completed the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award during our DofE Awards Evening.

The evening was made extra special by the presence of Susannah Townsend, MBE, a distinguished Olympic gold and bronze medallist in Hockey, who delivered an inspirational talk that left a lasting mark on our young achievers. Susannah Townsend's speech focused on the power of perseverance, setting goals, and the importance of never giving up on one's dreams.

The highlight of the evening was the presentations led by our pupils; they discussed the experiences and knowledge gained during their expeditions and the memories that they will cherish. Congratulations to all our DofE award recipients! This event exemplified the spirit of achievement and motivation that defines PGS.

Thank you to for your inspirational and motivational presence.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 10/10/2023

From our tiniest Pre-schoolers to our Year 6 champions, Portsmouth Cathedral was full of compassion during our Harvest Festival!

Our young pupils shone brightly as they took the stage, sharing messages with their fellow pupils and families. Their words echoed with gratitude and kindness, reminding us all of the importance of coming together as a community.

Well done to each and every pupil and their parents for their outstanding contributions to our Portsmouth Foodbank drive! Your generosity will make a real difference in the lives of those in need, and it's a testament to the incredible spirit of giving that thrives within our school.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 08/08/2023

As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming A-Level results next week, let's take a moment to remember the joyous and sun-soaked Sixth-Form Leavers Celebration which took place after several weeks of examinations! The event served as the perfect opportunity to congratulate our hardworking pupils and featured heartfelt speeches, scrumptious cake, and toasting to success. It was a time for conversations, unity, and creating lasting memories before embarking on our well-deserved summer holidays. Let us cherish the moments of joy, camaraderie, and achievement that it encapsulated as we await the exam results.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 03/08/2023

Throwback to the unforgettable A Level & GCSE DT Design Showcase evening!

The pupils outdid themselves with an impressive array of Design Technology projects. From the concept of working from home to pet-related items and souvenir creations from various locations, each project was a sight to behold. The blend of aesthetics, functionality, and design innovation was truly commendable.

It was evident that the pupils had invested a lot of time and effort in their work, and their passion and originality shone through during the event. The discussions around their ideas, sources of inspiration, and creative challenges were engaging and impressive. Their showcase earned well-deserved high praise from both parents and staff, making it a resounding success!

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 30/07/2023

Let's take a moment to revisit the day we said farewell to our remarkable Year 6 pupils! It was a sunshine-filled day, filled with laughter and joy as parents and pupils gathered to commemorate their achievements. The atmosphere was delightful, with the warm aroma of tea and the sweet taste of cake adding to the celebration.

The day was a resounding success, serving as a testament to the hard work and determination of our Year 6 pupils. They have left an incredible legacy behind and we couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments. As we bid them farewell, we couldn't help but feel a pang of nostalgia, knowing how much they have grown and the exciting adventures that await them.

To our Year 6 leavers - the memories we shared and the lessons we learned together will forever be cherished. As you embrace the challenges of Year 7, remember to hold onto the values and knowledge you have gained throughout your time with us in the Junior School. You are capable of achieving great things, and we have no doubt that you will continue to shine brightly. 🎉👩‍🎓👨‍🎓

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 28/07/2023

Our 9 - Year 13 pupils and staff recently returned from an enchanting literary-themed trip to The Lake District!

Pupils visited the former residence of William Wordsworth, Dove Cottage, where they had exclusive access to a collection of rare books and first editions in the Jerrard Centre. This experience allowed them to deepen their understanding of literature's historical significance, and foster a personal connection to the great authors whose works they were reading.

In addition to exploring Dove Cottage, pupils participated in a creative writing workshop led by poet Amelia Loulli from Newcastle University. The workshop served as a platform for their creativity and allowed them to refine their writing skills. Their efforts culminated in a magical performance of their work in Dove Cottage gardens, bathed in the enchanting glow of the setting sun and accompanied by an impromptu rendition of Taylor Swift's 'The Lakes'.

The Lake District offered an excellent backdrop for the literary-focused trip. Our pupils enjoyed a boat tour of Windermere, evening walks along the valley floor, and a visit to Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm (lovingly preserved by the National Trust).

As a profound highlight, pupils had the privilege of holding and exploring rare first editions of Keats, Lyrical Ballads, Frankenstein, and A Vindication of the Rights of Women, and even had the opportunity to read letters exchanged between Coleridge and Wordsworth.

This immersive experience allowed pupils to engage with literature on a personal level and fostered a deep appreciation for the written word. Overall, this trip made literature come alive for our pupils, and it was a remarkable opportunity for those who are passionate about literary exploration.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 26/07/2023

Flashback to our Senior school Sports Day! 🎉🏆👏

This day was a fantastic display of athleticism, teamwork, and collaboration. The event featured spectacular performances across various sports disciplines by our students and concluded with the PGS mile, bringing together both pupils and staff.

It was an impressive event that showcased the strong bonds within our school community. We are proud of the incredible achievements and efforts of all involved. Here’s to more events like these that inspire and motivate our pupils and staff! 🙌❤️


Graduating from university is a wonderful achievement, and it's even more exciting when we hear from recent alumni who are starting the next chapter in their lives. One such alum is Ben, who recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth. He earned a 1st Class Honours Degree in Palaeontology.

To commemorate this milestone, Ben couldn't resist taking a photo outside our school, reminiscing about the memories he made during his time there. It's always a heart-warming sight to see graduates returning to their alma mater and reliving the moments that helped shape them into who they are today.

Ben's success in obtaining a 1st Class Honours Degree reflects his dedication and hard work in the field of Palaeontology. It's an accomplishment that highlights his academic excellence and the knowledge and skills he gained throughout his studies.

We congratulate Ben on his achievement and wish him the best as he embarks on his future endeavours. It's gratifying to witness our alumni's successes and see them thriving in their chosen fields!

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 20/07/2023

During the week of term, our Pre-School, Reception, and Year 1 pupils had an enchanting time at our Fairy Tale Extravaganza! It was a magical day full of creativity, music, and happiness. Here's what happened:

🎩 Hat Making: Pupils unleashed their imagination and created beautiful hats that brought their favourite fairy tale characters to life. From towering crowns to adorable animal ears, their hats were the talk of the school!

💃 Dancing: With classic Disney tunes playing in the background, our little princes, princesses, and heroes took to the dance floor! They twirled, spun, and danced together, radiating joy and excitement.

🌈 Bubbles & Sunshine: The whole event was bathed in the warmth of the glorious sunshine. As our youngsters danced and laughed, bubbles floated through the air, adding an extra touch of magic!

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 17/07/2023

After taking part in the very first Portsmouth Youth News event with editor-in-chief Mark Waldron, Year 7 pupils were thrilled to receive their complimentary copies of last Monday’s The News, which contained the special supplement containing all the community-based articles written by Year 7 pupils across the city.

The pupils were thrilled to see their work in print. Organiser, Ms Hart, Teacher of English and Whole School Literacy Co-ordinator, said that "seeing the pupils’ work in a professional publication, to be read by people across the city, was a very special moment. The Year 7s took the event very seriously and I think you can see this in the quality of their writing, interviewing, and research."

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 11/07/2023

Congratulations to our exceptional Sixth Form pupils on their recent performance of the thought-provoking play, DNA. The students delivered an impressive and captivating portrayal of this challenging production, showcasing their remarkable acting skills and emotional depth.

Through a masterful exploration of complex themes including guilt, deception, and peer pressure, the pupils skilfully challenged the audience to reflect on societal behaviours and their consequences. With an exceptional level of professionalism and an unexpected sprinkle of humour, they truly brought the play to life.

Thank you to all of those involved in this fantastic production, especially our Year 12 Director, Mackenzie Gilmore - your commitment to excellence and passion for the arts have not only inspired us all but have also entertained us thoroughly. We eagerly anticipate witnessing your future growth and success in the world of theatre.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 03/07/2023

Year 6 and Year 7 pupils took part in a collaborative PGS Maths Team Challenge last week in our DRT. The pupils worked together in mixed groups of Year 6 and 7 to tackle a range of challenging Maths problems. There were four rounds of questions including a ‘Speed’ round, a ‘Crossnumber’ round, a ‘Logic’ round, and then a final ‘Group’ round made up of 15 longer questions.

The pupils engaged superbly and there was a real buzz as the Year 6 and Year 7 pupils collaborated in the hope that their group would be the overall winner. The results will be announced in assemblies very soon and all the pupils should feel proud of their efforts.

A special thanks to the Year 12 Maths Ambassadors who helped to support the event as well as the Year 6 and Senior School Mathematics teachers who helped to make the event run smoothly.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 26/06/2023

Inspiring journalists of the future, Editor-in-Chief of The News, Portsmouth , Mark Waldron visited PGS today to talk to pupils from schools around Portsmouth.

Mark talked about what life is like as a journalist, the skills and resilience it requires and where the job can take you. The pupils were then set the challenge to produce articles about their school and community that will appear in a special supplement next week - so you will be able to read all about it!

Thank you Mark and thank you to the pupils from Priory School Official , TSAT - The Portsmouth Academy ,St Edmund's Catholic School, Castle View Academy Portsmouth , Mayville High School Southsea , Admiral Lord Nelson School and of course our own pupils too for making the day so productive, interesting and fun.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 23/06/2023

Years 3 - 6 gave it their all at Sports Day this week. They ran, jumped, threw and cheered each other on all day. Congratulations to Nicol House who took the overall House Trophy on the day, but every pupil that took part so enthusiastically in their events should be really proud of what they achieved.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 21/06/2023

Join our Big Cubs!
We have had a few spaces become available in the Pre-School Big Cubs group. So if your child is 3 yrs old or above (due to start school in September 2024) then do get in touch with us to find out more about PGS Pre-School and all the fun our children have!

Call 023 9236 0036


Ports Fest is nearly here and one event you should try not to miss is the visit of F abio Tedde The Pianist Without Borders, fresh from playing street pianos in New York and soon to be playing them in Portsmouth!

You can enjoy an exclusive concert with him at PGS as part of Ports Fest on the evening of Friday June 30th in The Rotunda along with teenage composer and super talented performer Alanna Crouch.

Get your ticket from Ports Fest now!


PGS Art once more takes over the Jack House Gallery on the High Street, Old Portsmouth to exhibit the work of our Year 13 Art pupils.

The exhibition for Year 13 is called 'Examined' - do visit and be inspired and impressed by their exceptional work. The exhibition is open to view 12pm - 5pm daily from Wednesday 21st June to Sunday 25th June 2023.

This painting is by Alexia Romaniuc, Year 13, 'simple, yet complex', oil on canvas, 2023.

Photos from The Portsmouth Grammar School's post 17/06/2023

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