Fareham school most improved in England

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SCHOOLS minister Nick Gibb has written a personal note of congratulations to a school in Fareham that is one of the country’s 105 most improved secondaries.

Neville Lovett, which celebrated an extraordinary leap in its five good GCSE with English and maths pass rate from 45 to 63 per cent last year, is the only school in The News area to win this accolade.

It has improved every year over the last four years – from a 35 per cent pass rate in 2008 to its current national average-smashing record.

Mr Gibb wrote: ‘I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and to thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards the highest standards of educational achievement.’

Nadine Powrie, headteacher, said: ‘We were delighted with last year’s results and the letter from the Minister of State for Schools was greatly appreciated.

‘We are all working hard to ensure that we sustain and build upon these results to ensure we do even better this year.’