In the spotlight! Top teachers shout about mission to transform life chances at awards

Top teachers have once again shone a spotlight on the Trust’s drive to transform life chances for young people at an awards ceremony.  

Top teachers have once again shone a spotlight on the Trust’s drive to transform life chances for young people at an awards ceremony.  

Staff from Portsmouth attended the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 in June, which recognises those who go over and beyond in supporting young people and children in the classroom.

Natalie Sheppard, Director of Education for the Portsmouth area, says The Thinking Schools Academy Trust can achieve outstanding results for students because every area (Plymouth, Portsmouth, and Kent) works together as one.

She said: “At TSAT, one of our values is ‘We are one’ and we want to show this solidarity through recognising school staff and celebrating their commitment and success.

“I’m excited to listen to the stories of all the fantastic work that teachers, support staff, and school communities have done across Portsmouth [and beyond].

“Schools worked unbelievably hard over these last 12 months to help children return to school, and it really hasn’t been easy.”

The Teach Portsmouth Awards was established to encourage educational partners within the city to work together, through the Portsmouth Educational Partnership, to create an ambition that benefits those in education.

As a Sponsor for the Unsung Hero Award, The Thinking Schools Academy Trust were privileged in playing their part in recognising other colleagues within Portsmouth.

Natalie continued: “This year has again truly tested our communities – and I could stand and list many names that have gone above and beyond expectations to serve young people and their families.

“Their ambition and passion continue to inspire young minds to be the best they can be.”

A total of 14 members of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust were nominated by parents for the People’s Choice Award, including from Meon Infant and Junior Schools, Newbridge Junior, New Horizons Primary School, Penhale Infant School, and The Portsmouth Academy.

Chiara Fraser, Liv Fox, and Sam Devoil from The Portsmouth Academy were awarded The Innovation in Teaching Award due to their efforts with setting a reading revolution.

The school has been using the Microsoft Reading Progress app, a tool which supports and tracks reading fluency, which has increased the average reading age by more than 5 months for Year 7 and Year 8 pupils.

Rachel Grey, the Principal of The Portsmouth Academy was recognised with the Long Service Award which is well deserved given her long and effective journey with the Trust.

Newbridge Junior School were presented with beautiful flowers to display at the reception of the school for their admirable work with children.