GCSE results: Admiral Lord Nelson School

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STUDENTS at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth were brimming with pride after receiving their GCSE results.

The school’s Gold Standard percentage - grades A* to C including English and maths - was 63, up from 60 per cent last year.

The school achieved a 68 per cent pass rate for all subjects A* to C.

Head teacher Nys Hardingham said staff were thrilled with the results.

She said: ‘We’re delighted at how many children passed both English and maths - 68 per cent. We had 82 per cent pass maths, which is tremendous, our best ever result in the subject.

‘They’ve done absolutely brilliantly.’

Eve Watkinson, 16, from Hilsea, was thrilled with her two Bs, three Cs and three Ds.

Eve had a lot of catching up to do after she first came to the school in September last year, after her family moved house from Fareham.

She said it had been a challenge not just to learn a new syllabus in eight months, but also to find her feet socially.

Eve said: ‘it was difficult at first, but I had a lot of support from the teachers, both emotionally and academically.

‘I’m really happy, especially with maths because I’ve always struggled in that area, but my teacher really put a lot of time and effort into me.’

Eve plans to go onto South Downs College to study English literature, politics, psychology and law.

The school’s top achiever was head girl Emma Chivers, 16, of Copnor, who got nine A*s and an A.

Emma said: ‘I was quite nervous about the results. I did really well in the mocks, but I thought I wouldn’t do as well in the final exams.

‘I’m really happy with further maths, it was a tough exam, and I got an A although I thought I was going to fail it.’

Picture: Eve Watkinson, 16, left, and Daniella Brain, 16