Having made a tremendous contribution to PGS over the last nine years developing many aspects of school life in positive and creative ways, always with a focus on the experience of the child, Mr Hopkinson, Head of the Junior School, has taken the decision to step down from his role at the end of the summer term 2019.
Mr Hopkinson writes:
“It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I have made the very difficult decision to step down from my role as Head of The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School. I am about to complete my seventeenth year as a Head, just under nine years at PGS, and over the last year or so have been giving serious thought to the next stage in my career. This is more likely to be a move into educational consultancy work or the coaching profession but may also be a fourth Headship. I am now in the unique and very fortunate position to take a well-earned sabbatical to consider my next move and therefore, fully supported by the School, will be leaving PGS at the end of this summer term. I have enjoyed every second of my time at this wonderful school and it has been a great privilege to work alongside so many talented and dedicated individuals, who have provided so much support during significant and positive change and growth. The children here have an outstanding education, fully immersed in their learning, achieving great and impressive things. Their enthusiasm and passion for learning has brought the greatest reward during my time as Head, and I will miss them and their smiling faces very much. I would also like to thank the parent body for supporting their children and the school, and for the friendliness and warmth they have shown to me and my family over the past nine years.”
The process to recruit a worthy successor to Mr Hopkinson will begin in September. Mr Jason Ashcroft, Deputy Head of the Junior School, will be Acting Head of the Junior School in the interim, a role which he has – very ably – fulfilled before.