Meet the 2022 winner: Katie Holness

Katie Holness, deputy headteacher: student achievement and designated safeguarding lead at Admiral Lord Nelson School

We continue to showcase the winners of the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 which celebrated the amazing teachers, leaders and support staff in Portsmouth's schools and colleges. A series of blog articles looks at the successes of the winners and their stories for getting into teaching.

This week we spoke to Katie Holness, deputy headteacher at Admiral Lord Nelson School to learn more about why she became a teacher in Portsmouth.

Thank you for speaking to us, Katie. Please can you tell us a little about your role?

I am Katie Holness, deputy headteacher: student achievement and designated safeguarding lead at Admiral Lord Nelson School. 

Congratulations on winning the people's choice award at the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022. How did you feel when you found out you had been nominated?

It was kind of my colleague to take the time to nominate me. I felt a little embarrassed too - but secretly pleased! As a behaviour lead role, your focus can lead to a lot of negative conservations, so this was a lovely change!

What did it mean to you to win the award and where do you keep your trophy?

It was validation that my job matters and that the hours spent on it is worth it – because it recognised the families and vulnerable children I have helped over the years. The nicest part was the congratulations from colleagues, parents and even some of our students. I keep the trophy in my office so I can look at it when the going gets tough!

How important are events like the Teach Portsmouth Awards in recognising achievements in education?

The evening felt special and a celebration of all of us not just the winners or even nominees.  

Can you tell us a little bit about why you chose to teach in Portsmouth?

When I left university, I wanted to teach where I could make a difference pastorally as well as focus on my subject (PE). I have been here for many years and so this city has become a second home and family to me – even though I live in West Sussex. I am sure that I won't leave it professionally.

What would you say to anyone who is thinking about teaching in Portsmouth?

Do it! You won't regret it – it might not be easy, but it will be rewarding!

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