THE ambitious new head of a school in Fareham is celebrating an extraordinary increase in top GCSE results this year.
Nadine Powrie, who joined Neville Lovett last September, admits she did not expect to get these results so soon.
Today, she has seen the school’s ‘gold standard’ pass rate for five or more A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths, soar from 45 per cent last year to 63 per cent.
Mrs Powrie, who has courted controversy after making several redundancies since her appointment, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to bits. The results represent a combination of the hard work and dedication of the students and the commitment and expertise of our staff.
‘We were very focused and used data on individual students to help them succeed. I didn’t expect the impact to be so good so soon, but it is wonderful news.’
Many schools across Fareham and Gosport had good reason to celebrate excellent results today.
Bay House School in Gosport, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, achieved a 58 per cent ‘gold standard’ pass rate.
Maggie Marriott, assistant head, said: ‘We are delighted with the results.
‘We are a truly comprehensive school and we have children from the richest to the poorest wards in Gosport.
‘This year group has exceeded our expectations.’
Ian Gates, deputy head of Brookfield Community School in Sarisbury Green, praised staff and students for this year’s 66 per cent ‘gold standard’ pass rate – representing 231 out of 351 students who sat the exams.
He said: ‘We are so pleased with our results, which are again record results for the school.
‘Our students worked extremely hard and we are delighted their efforts have been rewarded.’
For the second year running, Crofton School in Stubbington is celebrating a 66 per cent ‘gold standard’ pass rate.
Headteacher Matthew Leeming said: ‘I am so pleased for all 144 students who did well.
‘It’s been a particularly gruelling two years for them with termly assessments and exams.
‘The results are an impressive testament to their hard work as well as the staff.’
Most schools across the area will today see a slight dip in their ‘gold standard’ pass rates, but many have maintained strong overall pass rates.
Richard Carlyle, head of Bridgemary School in Gosport, said he was disappointed with this year’s tumble from a 34 to 31 per cent ‘gold standard’ pass rate – below the government’s 35 per cent benchmark.
He said: ‘Maths has let us down this year as we’ve had a particularly turbulent situation with one member of staff leaving and another off sick for a couple of terms.
‘But we’ve put in place a rigorous plan and have new staff joining us in September.
‘I’m confident we will make significant improvements very soon.’