Unsung heroes receive awards for hard work

Newbridge Junior School teacher Geoff Wade gets a 'your city says thank you' award from Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Lynne Stagg in the Mayors parlour, with pupils from the school''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141041-2) PPP-140404-175134001
Newbridge Junior School teacher Geoff Wade gets a 'your city says thank you' award from Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Lynne Stagg in the Mayors parlour, with pupils from the school''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141041-2) PPP-140404-175134001

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HONOURING people who make a difference, Portsmouth City Council is highlighting their good work.

The council has been handing out Unsung Hero awards to people in the city who have helped others.

Among those nominated this year was school governor Geoff Wade.

The Newbridge Junior School governor was chosen by the head of Year 6 to receive the award in a ceremony at the Lord Mayor’s parlour in The Guildhall.

Mr Wade has been a governor at the school in North End for more than 20 years and during that time, he has overseen the construction of a new playground and upgraded technology so that students can use iPads in lessons.

He has helped guide the school through the recent round of national budget cuts for education. He said: ‘We challenge individuals to challenge themselves.

‘Our pupils at Newbridge are enthusiastic about learning and contributing to their own education.

‘We’ve consistently prioritised funding educational materials and tools for the classroom, even when we’ve faced challenging budgets.’

Ashlee Adams, who nominated Mr Wade, said: ‘Geoff’s leadership as a governor has been a tremendous asset to Newbridge School.

‘The co-operative approach he has brought to our work goes right down to the pupils team-building lessons.

‘Students recently contributed their own ideas for charity days and changes to the school website that are now being considered by the governors.’

Other people honoured in the Unsung Heroes award include dance school principal Amber Leigh Mitchell.

She set up Abstract Dance which has grown to more than 200 pupils in two years.

She was nominated by seven parents.

Amber, 22, said: ‘I feel very honoured to have won these awards. It feels great to have the parents nominate me.’

Jayne Gentle also received an award for her work holding cooking sessions for carers.

She works as part of the council’s independence and wellbeing team, and said: ‘I have so much fun doing what I do that it’s lovely to know other people enjoy it too. It’s a great feeling to be nominated.’