The Junior School is a thriving co-educational day school for children aged 2.5 - 11 years, providing outstanding teaching, pastoral care and co-curricular activities, which are designed to give girls and boys the best possible start in life.
We offer a safe and secure environment in which every child is nurtured to achieve their full potential within a well developed system of pastoral care, and we enjoy the support of parents, grandparents and other family members in creating a close knit school community. We greatly value the contribution of every child and our children learn to value the contribution of others. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children is at the heart of our provision and our aim is to create a happy and successful school.
Our House and reward systems help underpin our positive approach to learning and personal development and reinforce values that are shared with and valued by our parents and wider community. We believe in offering a challenging and stimulating curriculum and co-curricular programme as children respond best in this kind of environment and foster a passion for learning that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Our academic success is unrivalled and almost all pupils make the transition to the Senior School. Creativity is encouraged and celebrated through art, music, drama and dance. Every child receives free tuition for a stringed instrument in Year 3 and a brass instrument in Year 4. Children can enjoy and extend their passion for music by joining the brass band, one of our string groups, the jazz band, guitar group or choir, as well as receiving tuition from one of many visiting peripatetic music teachers. All pupils form Year 3 onwards (Key Stage Two) enjoy a weekly performing arts afternoon culminating in an annual musical production for every year group.
Equally, all pupils are involved in our extensive sports programme, ensuring that our children are fit and healthy in body and in mind; Saturday morning sports are available for all of our children in Key Stage Two. Our Year 4 curriculum also includes a sailing week. There are many teams that represent the school and our pupils compete at local, regional and national level. Swimming lessons are part of our taught curriculum for all pupils and there are many House competitions throughout the year. The curriculum is enriched and extended by a comprehensive co-curricular programme and a full calendar of trips, events and visitors to school. Pupils can join clubs as varied as comic making, skiing, arts and crafts to karate. All Key Stage Two children enjoy annual residential trips including the Year 6 trip to France, adventurous activity trips and an ecological stay for Year 5s. There is a ski trip every other year, which alternates with a sports trip. Authors, poets and theatre groups are regular visitors to school helping bring our curriculum to life. Day trips, to extend and enrich lessons are commonplace, and the School makes full use of the many historical sites on its doorstep.
The School, founded in 1732, is proud to be part of the city of Portsmouth’s rich and varied history, occupying Victorian and Georgian buildings on High Street in Old Portsmouth. These historical buildings are complemented by state of the art facilitates and the Junior School benefits from shared facilities with the Senior School such as a modern dining area and theatre. A newly installed outdoor classroom enhances our Early Years Foundation Stage provision and themed play area ensures fun and excitement at break times. Our Year 5 and 6 pupils occupy a building metres away from the main site, which offers specialist teaching rooms for science, IT, art, DT, music, drama, dance, cookery and textiles as well as a large and well stocked library and swimming pool. The School is proud of its history and traditions but also of its ability to embrace technology and new ideas. It is a place of learning for pupils, staff and parents and strives to build strong and lasting links between home and school.
Children join the School at all age groups via a well established admissions process, including taster days and formal assessment. Further details may be obtained from admissions secretary Mrs Gill Bull. The School website ( www.pgs.org.uk ) also offers a wealth of information, including the weekly newsletter The Lion and regular updates and observations from the Headmaster may be found on Twitter: @Head_PGJS.