The Portsmouth Academy Receives Diabetes UK Award

The Portsmouth Academy Receives Diabetes UK Award

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageThe Portsmouth Academy have been awarded the ‘Good Diabetes Care in School’ award by Diabetes UK.

The award from the charity, Diabetes UK, commends the excellent work being done by the Academy alongside parents and healthcare professionals to ensure young people with diabetes receive an equal school experience to their peers.

By receiving this award, the Academy has demonstrated that good diabetes care in schools is achievable and stands as an example for all schools.

Supporting children and young people to manage their diabetes effectively is critical in enabling them to maximise their time at school. In the short-term, high or low blood glucose levels can make a child feel very unwell. Receiving good care in school helps them to keep their blood glucose to target levels and have as stable a school life as possible.

Diabetes UK is leading the fight against one of the UK’s biggest and growing health crisis. Through sharing knowledge about diabetes, they are bringing people together to help tackle the illness.

The health and wellbeing of students, staff and wider community is paramount to The Portsmouth Academy, part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust. Earlier this year members of staff worked extremely hard to provide local NHS teams with personal protective equipment to help frontline staff in the fight against COVID-19.


Rachel Grey, Principal at The Portsmouth Academy said:

We are delighted to be awarded the Diabetes UK Good Diabetes Care in School award, and we are especially glad the hard work of Richard Smith, our Welfare Lead, has been recognised. We take our responsibility to provide children with the support and care they need to manage their condition safely in school very seriously.”


Richard Smith, Welfare Lead at The Portsmouth Academy said:

“We’ve worked closely with children, parents, healthcare professionals and school staff to ensure that the best possible care is in place for students whilst not interfering with their learning. We have provided staff training opportunities and kept them informed with all essential updates and information throughout the year. This is to ensure that our students with Type 1 diabetes have the same opportunities as their peers.”


Vicky Maclellan, Lead Nurse at The Portsmouth Paediatric Diabetes Team said:

“We are delighted that Portsmouth Academy have received this award. The staff, in particular Mr Richard Smith, go above and beyond in their dedicated and exemplary care of the young people with diabetes. We are grateful for their support.”


A parent of a Year 7 student said:

“My son and I were both quite anxious about the transition from junior to senior school. Thanks to regular and clear guidance and information from Mr Smith in particular, but also every staff member at Portsmouth Academy, his transition has been as smooth as possible. I am very grateful.”