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.
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.