Celebrating the achievements of Portsmouth's school superheroes

Sponsored by:

Thank you for joining us this year to celebrate the achievements of school staff

What a year it’s been! We've been celebrating the achievements of staff across the city with our thank a school superhero initiative and a dedicated event for long service.

Families as well as other staff have thanked their superheroes by sending us a special message. We've also applauded those who have worked in the city's schools for 20 years or more. Take a look at our celebrations and how we've recognised those who have made a difference in our community.

Our celebrations

Since January, we've been recognising staff in schools across the city. Thanks to our sponsors, we've been busy celebrating everyone's achievements in different ways.

Thank a school superhero

Families across Portsmouth told us how much school staff mean to them in the form of special messages. We asked them to tell us how individuals had gone above and beyond over the last academic year.

These messages would be shared with schools on posters and placed inside a hamper full of treats. Hampers and messages were sent to schools on Thursday 20 June 2024.

Learn more about the initiative, the milestones and end result. You can also meet four inspirational school superheroes who received thanks from parents/carers and colleagues.

Celebrating long service to education

We held a special event for school staff who have worked in Portsmouth for 20 years or more.

87 staff members from 23 different schools joined us at Portsmouth Guildhall for afternoon tea and trophy giving ceremony.

City leaders and sponsors joined us to mark the occasion too. The event is one way we celebrate those who have given their careers to educating pupils in Portsmouth for over two decades.

Learn more about the event and view photos from the big day.

Angie Law and Lisa Kenward - Manor Infant and Nursery School

Colleagues chatting and enjoying afternoon tea at event

Delegates on steps of Guildhall 2 landscape

Everyone enjoying afternoon tea

Jan Atrill, Michala Wallace and Mandy Harbert - Meon Junior School

Jennese Alozie, CEO, University of Chichester Academy Trust

Jennifer Verhiest, Winifred Mitchell and Lisa Button - St Swithun's

Kathyrn Jones - The Victory Primary School

Long service award recipients at award giving

Long service award recipients chatting

L to R - Carl Beck and Elizabeth Nutland - Castle View Academy

L to R - Catherine Rhian Evans, Rachel Conway, Cathie Harris, Deena

L to R - Christine Warne, Angela Wall and Rowena Lockey - Copnor Pri

L to R - Emma Hogan and Karen Smith - Beacon View Primary Academy

L to R - Jane Brown, Laura Hurst, Tracy Richards, Lisa Enright, Loui

L to R - Janet French, Lisa O'Brien-Ewart and Erika Assar - Miltoncr

L to R - Julie Terry, Doug Richards, Deborah Mundy and Susan Johnsto

L to R - Kathryn Barker and Victoria Snelling - The Flying Bull Acad

L to R - Lady Mayoress and Lord Mayor of Portsmouth

L to R - Lucy West, Martine Pottinger and Zoe Killick - St Paul's Ca

L to R - Michelle Jones and Rob Jones - Stamshaw Junior School-PC0031994

L to R - Michelle Jones and Rob Jones - Stamshaw Junior School

L to R - Rachel Butler - New Horizons Primary School

L to R - Susan Keating, Michelle Beckwith, Caroline Simmonds, France

L to R - Suzan Phillips, Faye Sexton, Stephne Wessels, Johannes Wess

Meet our sponsors

Helping us celebrate school staff and their achievements

Organisations in the city have come together to celebrate the achievements of school staff. Thanks to their generous contributions, we have been able to organise a dedicated long service to education event and fund items for school hampers.

Visit our sponsorship page to learn more about the organisations who have supported Teach Portsmouth this year.

Top questions

Are the Teach Portsmouth Awards happening this year?

The Teach Portsmouth Awards will return to Portsmouth Guildhall on Thursday 12 June 2025. There will be 12 award categories which schools and colleges can put forward staff into. More information on the awards will be announced in September 2024.

When will sponsorship open for the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2025?

We will be opening sponsorship for the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2025 from September. We are still working on the details for this. However, if you would like to be the first to know more about sponsorship. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest.