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Portsmouth College

Portsmouth College
Motto Local, Friendly, Successful
Type Further education college
Principal Steve Frampton
Location Tangier Road
Local authority South East England YPLA (although in Portsmouth LEA)
DfE number ???/8607
DfE URN 130706 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 15–19+
Former name Southern Grammar School for Boys
Website Portsmouth College

Portsmouth College is a sixth form college on Tangier Road, Portsmouth, England.


  • Admissions 1
  • History 2
    • Grammar school 2.1
    • Comprehensive school 2.2
    • Sixth form college 2.3
    • Former teachers 2.4
  • Activities 3
  • Academic results 4
  • Alumni 5
    • Southern Grammar School for Boys 5.1
  • References 6
  • External links 7


It has one principal called Steve Frampton and two deputy principles: Kevin Grieve and Phil Harris. The college is located just off the Eastern Road which provides an easy way to get to the college from inside and outside the city. This is near the A2030 east of Baffins, south of Great Salterns lake and golf course. It is one of two post-16 colleges in Portsmouth, the other being Highbury College. Comprehensive schools in Portsmouth do not have sixth forms.


The site of what is now Portsmouth College started out as marsh land on the edge of Portsmouth and was reclaimed in 1705. One name for the area, Salterns, reflects its past use for salt pans, evaporating sea water to make salt.

In November 1888 Portsmouth Higher Grade School was formed. It was later to become a boys' grammar school before becoming a comprehensive and then becoming a college.

Grammar school

It became the Southern Grammar School for Boys after moving from Highland Road in 1956.

Comprehensive school

Great Salterns Secondary School was formed in 1975, a coeducational comprehensive school

Sixth form college

In 1984 secondary education in Portsmouth was reorganised. All the existing comprehensive schools lost their sixth forms, which were combined into a new sixth form college in the buildings previously belonging to Great Salterns School.

Portsmouth College provides a variety of courses from GCSEs, A – Levels,and BTECs in a wide range of subjects. The college has a new Computing and Library facility which has got a high speed network with Internet connections. There are a wide range of computer facilities available to students.

The college has a good drama section which has its own studio theatre which has sound and light systems, along with a full sized dance studio with mirrors. The college provides education for anyone of any age and there are many subjects taught at the college including Physics, Art, Graphic Design, Chemistry, Sport, Biology, Geography, Leisure, Travel and Tourism, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts and many others.

Former teachers


It has very successful sporting teams.

Academic results

The College has just won the 2009 Beacon Award by the AoC for the College School Partnerships. It gets A-level results under the England average.

The most recent Ofsted inspection graded the college as 'satisfactory' and noted that "success rates are rising but they are still below national averages for sixth form colleges".[1]


Southern Grammar School for Boys


  1. ^

External links

  • Portsmouth College website
  • Former school
  • Aerial photograph
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