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Straightforwardly academic feel (a strong 'culture of aspiration', prefers the head). Piles of off-putting marketing bumf heavy on fashion-shoot style photos of pupils – not sure why such a fine school has invested so heavily in such froth. An exception...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Additional Mathematics FSMQ at an English Independent School (Free standing Maths Qual Level 3)


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What The Good Schools Guide says

Straightforwardly academic feel (a strong 'culture of aspiration', prefers the head). Piles of off-putting marketing bumf heavy on fashion-shoot style photos of pupils – not sure why such a fine school has invested so heavily in such froth. An exception is the sixth form handbook – a model...


Since 2008, Mr James Priory MA (30s), previously the school's assistant head and head of sixth. An Oxford graduate (got a first) in English, Mr Priory was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and Taunton School, where he became head boy and a hotshot debater, winning the World Public Speaking and Debating Championships. His first teaching post was at Bradford Grammar School, where he became head of year 7, introducing the first girls into the school. Arrived at PGS as head of English in 2000, later assistant head...

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Special Education Needs

Parents are asked to inform the school at the time of entry of any additional educational needs. All members of the teaching staff are informed, by means of the school’s information management system, of pupils requiring support, the nature of support and possible strategies to help. Staff take account of this information in the classroom. The school endeavours to identify other pupils who may have a learning difficulty by screening all new entrants to the school in the autumn term or at time of entry. Referral by subject teachers of individual pupils to the Head of Learning Support may occur throughout the year. Pupils will be assessed in school for access arrangements while diagnostic assessments must be sought externally. Access arrangements are granted across the school according to the criteria specified by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) Pupils may be referred for additional support either via teachers or parents. The Learning Support department has an open door policy and pupils may also self-refer. Pupils may be seen weekly on an individual or small group basis. The Portsmouth Grammar School provides outstanding pastoral support. This includes on-site counselling for pupils who may be experiencing social or emotional difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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