Exam results paint a mixed picture for schools across this area.
The Department for Education has released the official results for GCSEs, A-levels and vocational qualifications.
Portsmouth City Council has seen a five per cent decline in terms of the number of students who achieved the gold standard at GCSE – five or more A*-C grades including English and maths. A total of 47.6 per cent achieved this, down from 52.4 per cent.
The national figure is 59.2 per cent – a slight decline from 59.4 per cent in 2012.
Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education at the council said: ‘Many of our schools made great leaps and deserve to be congratulated on their success.
‘Our previously under performing schools, in which we invested additional support, made significant improvements in their gold standard results, such as City Girls.
‘We also saw schools such as Admiral Lord Nelson and Charter Academy maintaining previous improvements, with both at 68 per cent.
‘Exam results by Portsmouth secondary school pupils have followed an upwards trend each year since 2009 and while there has been a drop this year due to disappointing results in some of our schools, it was still our second best ever year for gold standard results.
‘We are confident that this was a dip rather than the start of a downward trend, and we will see an improvement this summer.’
Across Hampshire County Council which covers Fareham, Gosport and Havant, 60 per cent of students achieved the gold standard – a one per cent increase.
Councillor Peter Edgar, is the executive member for education at the council.
He said: ‘Hampshire’s schools continue to strongly support our 16-year-olds to achieve the highest standards and we appreciate the encouragement of parents and the work of teachers in helping these students to achieve.
‘I wish these students continued success in their current study in further education, training or study for A-levels or vocational skills and qualifications.
‘Competition for jobs is high so enabling young people to obtain the best qualifications and develop the highest standard of skills that they can, will stand them in good stead. On behalf of the county council, I wish them well in their endeavours.’
DESPITE an overall decline across the city, some schools have seen massive improvements.
Charter Academy in Southsea has seen a 20 per cent rise.
Principal Dame Sharon Hollows said: ‘When Ark took over failing St Luke’s School in Portsmouth it had the poorest results in the city and was amongst the weakest schools in the country. Just four years later it has topped the local authority’s league table and now has the most improved results in Portsmouth.’
At the Portsmouth Academy for Girls, 55 per cent achieved the gold standard – an 18 per cent increase. Principal Natalie Sheppard said: ‘We are absolutely delighted.’
THE picture across schools in Havant and Waterlooville was mixed with some seeing a slight drop in results.
However, Warblington School saw a rise of nine per cent in the gold standard up to 49 per cent.
Headteacher Julia Vincent said: ‘We are delighted at the nine per cent rise in results and now feel that the hard work and professional development that is such a significant part of life
at Warblington is bearing fruit.
‘We endeavour to focus on children as individuals and know their strengths and areas which need support.’
Meanwhile, Cowplain Community School saw a 10 per cent rise in the results with 53 per cent of students achieving the gold standard.
TWO of the three secondary schools in Gosport saw improvements in GCSE results.
Brune Park saw a three per cent increase while Bay House rose five per cent.
Dr David Hall, deputy headteacher at Bay House School said: ‘The school was very pleased with the increase in our gold standard at GCSE.
‘We are confident that our pupils and students will build on their successes and will achieve highly in the forthcoming summer examinations.
‘We recognise the hard work and dedication of all our staff in supporting the achievement and wellbeing of our learners and we are grateful to their parents and carers in supporting them.’
SCHOOLS in Fareham performed well with several seeing significant improvements in the gold standard result.
At Henry Cort Community College, 63 per cent of students achieved the gold standard result – an 18 per cent increase.
Phil Munday, executive principal at Henry Cort said: ‘I’m immensely proud of the results in the KS4 report.
‘The number of students achieving five or more A*-C grades significantly increased by 18 per cent, with exceptional results in English and French.’
Meanwhile, Brookfield Community School in Sarisbury Green has seen a nine per cent rise and is the third best school in the region.