Southern Grammar School For Boys
Portsmouth 1888-1975

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This website, which has been developed by former pupils of the Southern Grammar School for Boys, Portsmouth (Old Secundrians), records the history of the school from its inception in 1888 until 1975 when, under UK government reforms, it became a comprehensive school.

Our aim is to develop the site using contributions from many former pupils and staff - not just one or two individuals - and we seek your active involvement in this respect; there is more about that in the Old Secundrians and Contributors sections. Having found your way to the site we very much hope that you will now take the next step by getting involved and let us have your contribution.

Latest News

Alan Hollis 1925-2020 (YOE 1936)

We have received the sad news of the death of Alan Hollis (YOE 1936) in October 2020. His Daughter Janet Taylor was kind enough to inform us.

Sir Christopher Le Brun

Announced in this years New Years Honours list is a Knights Bachelor for Christopher Le Brun, former President of the Royal Academy, he attended the school 1962 - 1970. Congratulations!

Death of Len Veals (YoE 65?)

Sadly, we have received notification of the death of Len Veals, maths teacher at the School from 1965, aged 76.

Len  had beed fighting bowel cancer and was responding well to various treatments but died suddenly on Thursday 3rd December 2020. the family is awaiting PM results to establish the cause.

News Updates

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Messages & Notices

New Archive Material

Thanks to Stephen Gregson (YoE 1962), we have some new Music & Drama archive material which is now visible in the relevant pages - Music / Drama 5


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Archived News & Messages

Latest News items are automatically removed from the Home Page after after a time to keep things tidy. This will be after an event has passed or after a reasonable period. You can still view archived material by clicking here.