Entrance Examinations | Portsmouth High School

Entrance Examinations

Entry into Portsmouth High School in September 2019

Applications for entry to Portsmouth High School in September 2019 are now open.

To find out more about the school and the extensive range of opportunities on offer for your daughter, explore this website further and use the button on the right of this page to request our new prospectus.

You can book a personal tour of the school at any time by clicking the link below or telephoning our Admissions Registrar on 023 9282 6714 (Senior School and Sixth Form) or 023 9282 4916 (Pre-School and Prep School).


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Entry to the Prep and Pre-School

Girls looking to join our Prep and Pre-School are invited to visit the school for a taster session when they are informally assessed for entry to the school. Taster sessions are designed to put the girls completely at ease and are an enjoyable experience. If you would like your daughter to come for a taster session, please contact Mrs Fergie Cox on 023 9282 4916 or via admissions@por.gdst.net

Year 7 entry

Candidates for entry into Year 7 take an English paper of one hour. There is also a mathematical paper testing numerical skills and an ability to apply mathematical knowledge which will last for one hour. These papers are based on the National Curriculum and no special coaching is needed.

During the week before we invite all candidates looking at Year 7 entry to attend an Activities Afternoon. They meet up with other girls sitting the examinations, have lunch with our current Year 7 pupils and take part in a number of communication and team-building activities. The afternoon allows us to observe and assess the candidates informally, whilst enabling them to become familiar with the surroundings and make friends, leaving them more at ease for the Entrance Examination day itself.

A reference will be requested from the current school. This reference is part of our entrance procedure. Sample papers for 11+ are available once your daughter is registered for an Entrance Examination.

Entry into Years 8, 9 and 10

Girls will be asked to sit papers in English and mathematics and a reference will be requested from the current school. Sample papers for 12+, 13+ and 14+ are available once your daughter is registered for an Entrance Examination.

We ask all candidates to visit us on a Shadow Day and follow a timetable of lessons with their peers, which we arrange on an individual basis. The day is scheduled prior to the Entrance Examinations and allows pupils to experience a normal working day in school and familiarise themselves with the surroundings ahead of the Entrance Examinations. We also invite candidates and their parents to a meeting with the Headmistress, to be arranged for a mutually convenient date.

How to register your daughter to sit the Entrance Examinations

To register your daughter to sit the Entrance Examination you can apply online using the link on the side of this web page or via the paper form in your prospectus pack.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Admissions team who will be pleased to help. If your enquiry relates to the Prep or Pre-School, please contact Mrs Fergie Cox on 023 9282 4916 or via admissions@por.gdst.net

For Senior School and Sixth Form enquiries please contact our Admissions Registrar Mrs Charlotte Thomson on 023 9282 6714 or via admissions@por.gdst.net