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‘I don’t believe in private school’, said one devoted PGS parent, who feels that the advantages of PGS weigh decidedly in its favour against even outstanding state primary schools in the area, commenting on the combination of welcome, friendliness, mixed demographic and outstanding resources which make PGS unique. The sporting year starts with a talk by head of sport about the school's philosophy of sport: inclusivity, and being happy putting your trainers on. Ask if they enjoyed the match, not who won, exhorts the school (the newsletter no longer includes results). ‘One or two of the parents are…

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Sports

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2010, Peter Hopkinson, married to Michaela, a TA here, with two children. Read communication studies at Sheffield, and was previously head of the junior department at Abbey Gate College, Chester, and Arnold Junior School, Blackpool (now AKS Lytham).

Parents say he’s very visible, and they wouldn’t hesitate to go to him with a problem: ’Very approachable and friendly’; ‘an able leader’. He does circle time with all the children over the year - ‘a really good way to get to know all the kids,' he says, discussing themes such as awareness of world with the little ones (a teddy also attends), and developing philosophical thinking skills with older pupils.

Entrance

Most join the nursery, others in reception, year 3 and increasingly year 5. Entry to nursery through observed play; to reception...

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Special Education Needs

The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School is a selective independent day school for children of average to high ability. It believes that all children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress. Any child who is assessed as needing more or different support to that normally provided in school is said to have learning support needs. Every effort is made to ensure that each child receives the full curriculum entitlement. They are supported either in small groups, working with the learning support co-ordinator/teacher, or individually in class with teaching assistants, whichever is deemed to be the most appropriate to their needs. Specialist small group support is offered to children in Years 1-6. In-class 1:1 support is offered to children Year R- 6.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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 Y

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