Good start for Portsmouth’s new education plan as pupils thrive in exams

BIG DAY From left, Poppy Mellor got an A, a B, three Cs, four passes and one D. Rhiannon Snell got one A*, an A, four Cs, two passes and a D. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122819-10)

BIG DAY From left, Poppy Mellor got an A, a B, three Cs, four passes and one D. Rhiannon Snell got one A*, an A, four Cs, two passes and a D. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122819-10)

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EDUCATION leaders have praised students and staff after achieving the city’s best ever gold standard GCSE results.

It gives a huge boost to Portsmouth City Council, which recently announced a plan to improve secondary education across the city.

Provisional figures show that 52 per cent of children in Portsmouth schools achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths – up almost seven per cent from last year.

New headteachers at three Portsmouth schools are thought to have contributed significantly to the increase.

Priory, St Edmund’s Catholic and Mayfield all had new leadership at the start of the academic year and all three saw their results go up. Miltoncross also saw a big improvement.

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education, said: ‘Congratulations to everyone involved in achieving our best ever GCSE results.

‘We recognise that it takes not only the commitment and hard work of the pupils themselves, but also that of the school and families of these young people to realise such positive improvements.

‘It’s also good to see the new headteachers stepping up to the mark.

‘We have been working with schools and other partners to agree a vision and plan for the next three years.

‘These GCSE results are a great starting point for our work to now continue.’

Head of education at the council Di Mitchell said: ‘This is a fantastic news, it is the translation of the achievements that we are seeing children make throughout their early years and primary education.

‘Improvements in the standard of education have already been seen across the city this year with the best ever provisional results for seven and 10-year-olds in school tests – and these GCSE results show that we are on the right track to sustain and improve our achievements.’

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