IT’S been a long and nervous wait for students across the area, but today they returned to school to collect their GCSE results.
Many schools have seen improvements on results in previous years, but several have seen a dip since last year.
Across Portsmouth, 52 per cent of students achieved the gold standard of five or more A*-C grades including English and maths – a four per cent rise from last year which had placed the authority as one of the worst performing in the country.
Julien Kramer, interim head of education at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘This year’s results are really encouraging and we are thrilled for this year’s cohort and congratulate them on their efforts.
‘There is still work to be done and a way to go to achieve greater consistency across the city.
‘We’ll continue to build on the positives and identify the areas for improvement so that we can build on this year’s success.’
At Crofton School in Stubbington, a new record was broken as 79 per cent of students achieved five or more A*-C grades – the highest ever.
Headteacher Ciaran O’Dowda said: ‘This is the best result the school has ever achieved for a set of GCSEs.
‘This has all come about due to a very professional and hardworking staff team and committed and ambitious young students.’
At Crookhorn Technology College in Waterlooville, there was an eight per cent rise in the number of students achieving the gold standard – up to 51 per cent.
Headteacher Grahame Sammonds said: ‘I am delighted with our GCSE results this year.
‘It is a testament to the outstanding effort and attitude to learning of our students and the support and diligence of our staff.’
At King Richard School in Paulsgrove, 46 per cent of students achieved the gold standard.
Headteacher Gareth Hughes said: ‘This is the best set of results the school has ever achieved against a background of tougher standards and congratulations must go to the students and their families for their efforts.
‘The school continues to focus on quality teaching and learning to ensure our students gain qualifications that will see them successfully progress to the next phase of their education.’
At Fareham Academy, 70 per cent of students achieved the gold standard – a five per cent increase on last year.
Headteacher Nadine Powrie said: ‘We are delighted to have increased our results at such turbulent times in education and we congratulate our staff, students with the support of our parents and governors who have all worked extremely hard to achieve this success today.’
Schools which released results to The News
The first figure shows the percentage of pupils gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, with last year’s figure in brackets. The second figure shows the percentage of pupils gaining five or more A*-C grades in any subject, again with the 2013 figure in brackets.
Admiral Lord Nelson School 61 (68) / 72 (79)
Bourne Community College 57.2 (58) / 66.2 (72)
Bay House School 70 (57) / 75 (76)
Charter Academy 79 (68) / 79 (81)
Crofton School 64.5 (71) / 79 (76)
Crookhorn Tech College 51 (43) / 56 (62)
Fareham Academy 70 (65) / 79 (81)
Henry Cort Community College 42 (63) / 63 (82)
King Richard School 46 (45) / n/a (82)
Portsmouth Academy for Girls 50 (55) / 60 (62)
Any schools not on this list did not release their results to The News