A religious education teacher from The Portsmouth Academy has been awarded the prestigious title of Teacher of the Year. Beverly Lewis, known by colleagues as Bev, was presented with the award at the recent Portsmouth Youth Voice Awards.
Beverly Lewis has been working at The Portsmouth Academy for more than a decade The Portsmouth Youth Voice Awards were designed to give a voice to young people in the city and to increase their involvement and awareness of the issues that concern them. Bev, 55, has worked at The Portsmouth Academy since 2005. As one of the most improved schools in the country, students last year achieved record GCSE results, including a 95 per cent A*-C pass rate in religious education.
Bev is also involved with the student body across the board, and with helping them plan their futures. Having been involved in student voice projects for more than a decade, the award was a recognition of Bev’s dedication to and engagement with the students she works with.
Bev, who was presented with the award during the Portsmouth Youth Social Action Conference at Fratton Park, said: ‘I was so thrilled to receive the award. ‘I have always felt so passionate about the role students need to play in their own community. These student voice projects are so important because they give the students a say and influence in their own learning environment. This award recognises the success of the project more than anything.’
Interim head at the school, Rachel Grey, added: ‘We are so proud of Bev and what she has achieved – she absolutely deserves this award. ‘She has always had this incredible unwavering dedication to her students. ‘We are delighted that her brilliant teaching over many years, and all the other work she does for the young people here at The Portsmouth Academy, has been recognised.’