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Portsmouth High School 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Portsmouth High School is an independent day school for girls in Southsea, a district in the southern coastal city of Portsmouth. Founded in 1882 by the GDST, it performs consistently well in terms of examination results. [1]


Considered a progressive school, Portsmouth High Prep offers an extensive curriculum and comprehensive teaching for a range of disciplines, including English, mathematics, science, computing, PE, music and languages.


In parallel with classroom learning, the school offers The Forest School programme, which allows pupils to make the most out of the school’s beautiful setting and engage in making shelters or lighting fires. Beach School is also part of the Prep School curriculum. The sessions run alongside Forest School, educating children about tides and the moon, among other things. [2]


In line with the school’s forward-looking ethos and its aim to encourage girls to try new things and experiment with their creativity, the co-curricular programme boasts an impressive range of opportunities. Whether its coding, gardening, cookery or orchestra, girls engage in enrichment pursuits with joy and determination, and proceed to access the next stages of their education with an even greater level of enthusiasm.  


Portsmouth High School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: 36 Kent Road, Southsea, PO5 3ES

County: Hampshire

Admissions info: or 023 9282 4916

School type: Independent, day school for girls

Open days: In the Spring and Autumn terms

7+ Exam date: On Taster Day


Open Events for Portsmouth High School 7 Plus (7+) Entry


The school holds Open Events with the aim of introducing prospective families to its ethos, facilities and admissions process. The event programme includes guided tours and informal meetings with key members of the staff. Please click here to learn more. 


Portsmouth High School 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


Prior to offering your daughter a place, the school will look into her academic ability, assessed on Taster Day. To schedule assessments, please register your daughter with the school first. The online registration form can be accessed through this page. The registration fee is £50.


An acceptance of a place includes a payment of a deposit, refunded during your child’s last term at the school.


Portsmouth High School 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships and Bursaries are only available to Senior School applicants.


Portsmouth High School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Portsmouth High School 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English
  • Maths


The English assessment examines comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as the fluency of your child’s reading and oral skills.    


The Maths exam assesses your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including her knowledge of times tables.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Portsmouth High School 7 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Portsmouth High School 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


At Exam Papers Plus, we recommend that students follow a structured approach towards preparation for the 7+ entrance exam. Such an approach includes practice tests, which consist of thoroughly researched and up to date questions that reflect a competitive 7+ examination format.


By covering all the key skills and the range of question types your child will encounter in the actual test, our practice tests will help them get used to answering questions quickly and effectively.


The majority of our 7+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a word-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Portsmouth High School 7 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Portsmouth High School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the Portsmouth High School 7 Plus English assessment. They will help improve your child’s comprehension and writing skills.


Full Practice Tests


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing


If you’d like to have your child’s writing assessed and marked, you may be interested in our Writing Marking Service. Please click here to learn more.




We highly recommend the use of the following packs to help develop your child’s arithmetic and problem-solving skills within the examination context of the Portsmouth High School 7 Plus maths test:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics




The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of the Portsmouth High School 7 Plus entrance exam:


7+ Listening Pack 1



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Our practice tests aim to show the sorts of questions that have been included in Portsmouth High School 7+ past papers. The information provided about Portsmouth High School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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