|Motto||Local, Friendly, Successful|
|Type||Further education college|
|Local authority||South East England YPLA (although in Portsmouth LEA)|
|DfE URN||130706 Tables|
|Former name||Southern Grammar School for Boys|
It has one principal called Steve Frampton and two deputy principles: Simon Barrable 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.
It became the Southern Grammar School for Boys after moving from Highland Road in 1956.
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.
- Anthony Tuckwell, Headmaster from 1984–99 of King Edward VI Grammar School (taught history from 1966–9 at the boys' school)
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.
Southern Grammar School for Boys
- Prof James Barber, Ernst Chain Professor of Biochemistry since 1989 at Imperial College London
- Raymond Blackman MBE, Editor from the 1949–50 until the 1972-3 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
- Robert Brash, Ambassador to Indonesia from 1984-88
- Prof George Butterworth, Professor of Psychology from 1991–2000 at the University of Sussex, and Editor from 1988–94 of the British Journal of Development Psychology
- Donald Davies CBE, computing pioneer, who invented packet switching, a central foundation of the architecture of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), at the National Physical Laboratory in the late 1960s
- Trevor Fishlock, TV journalist
- Prof Keith Guy FREng FRSA, Vice-President from 1999-2005 of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and former Technical Director of Air Products UK
- Roy Koerner (Fritz) MBE, explorer (with Wally Herbert) and glaciologist, worked with the Polar Continental Shelf Project, and of worldwide importance for his 'ice core' data (oxygen isotope ratio cycle) that dated back over 11,000 years, to show summer-melt layers with relevant carbon dioxide content in the air
- Christopher le Brun, painter
- Prof David Marks, Professor of Psychology from 2000–10 at City University London
- Ian Mikardo, Labour MP from 1945–87
- Prof John Northover, Professor of Intestinal Surgery since 2001 at Imperial College London, married to Lindsay Northover, Baroness Northover
- Alan Pascoe MBE, 400m hurdler
- Barrie Pitt, military historian
- Rear-Adm David Sherval CB
- Derek Shulman, musician with Simon Dupree and the Big Sound
- General Sir John Stibbon OBE, Chief Royal Engineer from 1993–9
- Martin Stote, former Daily Star journalist
- Keith Thomas CB OBE, chief executive from 1979–83 of Royal Navy Dockyards and of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors