Message to Staff – 13 July


  • Nominate your colleagues for the Star Awards
  • Some thank yous
  • Pick Portland’s charity of the year
  • Reminder on Healthy Active Families


Dear colleagues

Well we are nearly at the end of term – I can’t believe how fast it has gone.

Nominations Open for Star Awards

The nominations for this year’s STAR Awards are now open and will close on Monday 31st July at 6pm. 

This is our opportunity to honour our colleagues at a ceremony which will take place the last week in August. 

You do the nominating and a staff panel reviews the nominations.

Categories remain the same this year: 

  • Award for Inspirational Staff Member – the person who inspires other to achieve their aspirations or improve beyond expectations
  • Award for Customer Service – the person who shows outstanding customer service skills – remember this could be any role in the college providing services
  • Award for Most Motivational Manager, Supervisor or Team Leader – someone who provided the support and guidance needed to help staff overcome hurdles
  • The Face of Portland Award – the person that embodies all of the values and spirit of the college
  • The Swan Award – the person who continuously works hard, often un-noticed, who ensures smooth delivery in their teams
  • Keeping Spirits Up – the much-needed person who keeps everyone’s spirits up, promoting good humour in the workplace
  • The Volunteer of the Year – the person who provides that much needed support within your department whilst giving up their free time to volunteer for the college.

To make your nominations, complete the form here: click here.


Some thank yous

We enjoyed a wonderful couple of days last week with the Awards Day and 5 graduation ceremonies (4 for further education and 1 for Pollyteach).

A lot of staff put effort into making those memorable occasions for our learners and their families. Thank you all and in particular Edward’s teams, Lianne Worth and Amy Smith-Patrick who staged the events and made it all run like clockwork.

Yesterday the closure of the A60 created all kinds of chaos and brought out the very best of Portland staff in responding to an emergency and making sure all our learners and citizens were safe and productively engaged. That is just one of the many reasons we are outstanding – you did great.

Help us Choose Portland’s Charity of the Year

Marketing team are leading on a new project this year and we would like you to have your say.

As a charity ourselves, we know how important business support is. We are introducing our own Charity of the Year scheme, so we can support a local cause through a range of fundraising activities over the next academic year.

We have researched and selected 12 local charities who would really benefit from our support. Please vote for the charity you would prefer us to focus on next year using this form. There is also a field for you to suggest your own charity instead. The charity with the most votes will be announced as our Charity of the Year at the Star Awards on 31st August.  

We will aim to raise £5,000 over the year for this charity through a range of individual, team and organisational fundraising and CSR activities. Once we announce the chosen charity, we’ll be in touch with more information and ideas about fundraising activities. If you would like to suggest your own activities, the marketing team will be very happy to support you in promoting them.

We understand if you choose to continue fundraising for your own preferred charity and we’re keen to promote these stories too, so do send anything through to us.   

Please complete the voting form by 31st July


Reminder: Holiday Activities and Food

Well done to our Fundraising team and the Woodland Adventure Zone guys who have secured a pot of money to put on free activities for families for 3 weeks during school holidays.

Still some places available:


All the best