Taking a short journey across the south of England, Reverend Stephen Hunt officially joined The Portsmouth Grammar School community last week when he was licensed by the Lord Bishop of Portsmouth, The Right Reverend Christopher Foster.

Reverend Hunt joins the school from Kingsley School in Bideford, Devon where he was School Chaplain, Head of RE and Head of Outdoor Education. At PGS he will take on the many responsibilities of School Chaplain, including pastoral care and being a key link in the school’s close relationship with St Thomas’ Cathedral as well as teaching Philosophy and Religious Studies.

“We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming Reverend Hunt to the school,” says James Priory, Headmaster. “The experience he brings with him and the warmth of his personality will be an invaluable asset to the whole school.”

At the Senior School Beginning of Term Service at St Thomas’ Cathedral, Senior Prefects and staff took part in the licensing ceremony which was concluded by the Lord Bishop of Portsmouth, “Reverend Hunt, may God bless you as you care and as you pray; as you teach and as you challenge all pupils and staff to grow in faith and to care for those around them.” He then invited pupils and staff to welcome Reverend Hunt in a more obvious and audible way which led to applause ringing through the cathedral.

“I am very excited about joining PGS and being an honorary chaplain to the cathedral,” says Reverend Hunt. “The welcome I have received has been tremendous both from staff and students of the school and from the cathedral staff. I come with 27 years of experience of working with teenagers in schools, the church and in the outdoor education world. I look forward to being involved in as many events and activities as possible.”