THIS WEEK IN 1972: School considers big move to cut costs

Old buildings and maintenance costs were behind Portsmouth Grammar School’s application to build a new school at Rowlands Castle. 

Coupled with the fact that more boys were having to travel from outside the city every day, meant the school needed a new home. 

‘We think we owe it to the boys and the parents to look around for somewhere new,’ said vice-chairman of governors, Kenneth Privett.

‘The buildings are getting old and need a lot of money spent on them. Maintenance costs are always rising. Then we have to waste money on travelling from the buildings in Old Portsmouth to the playing fields at Hilsea. 

It was said that a move to Rowlands Castle would be the biggest upheaval in the school’s history. It had always been in Old Portsmouth and moved into the old barracks in 1927. However, the school still stands on this site.