ONE of the country’s most highly-acclaimed teachers has had a road named after her.
Judith Kilpatrick, who in 2000 became only the second teacher to be made a Dame, was headteacher at the City of Portsmouth Girls’ School – which is now the Portsmouth Academy for Girls.
Dame Judith died in 2002 aged 50, while directing a teacher training session at the school.
To mark her contribution and championing of the city, a new development of 46 homes in Cosham has been named Dame Judith Way.
Dame Judith Way is a development by Radian, Portsmouth City Council and building contractors PMC.
Bev Scammell, who was Dame Judith’s deputy headteacher said: ‘I am extremely privileged to have known and worked with Dame Judith.
‘She was an inspiration to both her pupils and staff, acting as an excellent role model for all.
‘She had a huge capacity for her work which she managed to carry out with a sharp wit and great sense of fun.
‘I am indebted to Radian for keeping her name alive within the city.’
The housing development is replacing the demolished Dame Judith Professional Centre and was opened yesterday.
Holly Kennedy, 27, was the last head girl of the City of Portsmouth Girls’ School under Dame Judith.
She said: ‘I experienced her belief in excellence when I became head girl at the City of Portsmouth Girls’ School in her last year.
‘Dame Judith certainly implemented her determinations and high standards within our school.
‘I’m grateful for her belief in single-sex education which has hugely benefited me, my sister, my mum and even my nan before me.’
A plaque was also unveiled in Dame Judith’s memory.