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THE Prime Minister was mobbed by students during a visit to a Portsmouth school this morning.

David Cameron visited Charter Academy, in Hyde Park Road, Somers Town, to learn of its achievements and how it has become one of the most improved schools in the country.

David Cameron at the Charter Academy

David Cameron at the Charter Academy

He was greeted at the school by year 10 student George Carnell and head girl Brittani Carvell and met with cheers in the playground by pupils.

The Conservative leader also took the time to sign autographs and wave to children as he passed by.

He then chatted in a classroom with students and the head girl about their experiences of life at Charter Academy.

Around a decade ago, the school was at the bottom of the league tables, but now around 70 per cent of children are getting 5 A to Cs.

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''(l-r) Deputy head boy George Carnell, Prime Minister David Cameron, head girl, Brittanni Carvell, ''An official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-912) PPP-141013-122902003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''(l-r) Deputy head boy George Carnell, Prime Minister David Cameron, head girl, Brittanni Carvell, ''An official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-912) PPP-141013-122902003

Mr Cameron’s visit has come on the same day the government has announced an initiative to help drive up failing schools, and Charter Academy is being set as an example for others.

Talking about what is needed to help improve failing schools, Mr Cameron said: ‘It’s having good leadership and teaching and that’s what we have here at Charter Academy. We are sitting in a school that had zero pupils getting A to C grades at GCSEs, now it is going on to achieve 80 per cent and that is an extraordinary achievement.’

Dame Sharon Hollows, prinicipal at Charter Academy, said: ‘I am really pleased for the children and the staff and the parents that all of their hard work and achievements have been recognised at such a high level. The Prime Minister was really interested in knowing about our children and our staff. We are really proud of our achievements, it’s what we expected and what we worked towards.’

After leaving Charter Academy, the Prime Minister visted the Beneficial Foundation in Portsmouth.

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-904) PPP-141013-122852003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-904) PPP-141013-122852003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''(l-r) Deputy head boy George Carnell, Prime Minister David Cameron, head girl, Brittanni Carvell, ''An official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-903) PPP-141013-122842003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''(l-r) Deputy head boy George Carnell, Prime Minister David Cameron, head girl, Brittanni Carvell, ''An official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-903) PPP-141013-122842003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-890) PPP-141013-122831003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-890) PPP-141013-122831003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''(l-r) Deputy head boy George Carnell, Prime Minister David Cameron, head girl, Brittanni Carvell, ''An official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-882) PPP-141013-122821003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''(l-r) Deputy head boy George Carnell, Prime Minister David Cameron, head girl, Brittanni Carvell, ''An official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-882) PPP-141013-122821003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-890) PPP-141013-122317003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-890) PPP-141013-122317003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-863) PPP-141013-122810003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-863) PPP-141013-122810003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-851) PPP-141013-122759003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-851) PPP-141013-122759003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-775) PPP-141013-122748003

142942_CHARTER_13/10/14''Prime Minister David Cameron on an official visit to Charter Academy, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142942-775) PPP-141013-122748003