HALF of pupils in Portsmouth achieved the GCSE gold standard this year, according to provisional results released by the government.
The gold standard is five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.
While major changes to the exams system make it hard to compare results year on year, Portsmouth has bucked a national trend of falling results and has seen rates increase to 50.2 per cent.
The city has closed the gap between its pupils’ results and those for all England where 52.6 per cent reached the grade.
Neill Young, cabinet member for children and education at Portsmouth City Council said: ‘This is really good news for our young people who have achieved a good standard of GCSE results.
‘This improving picture is down to the dedication and hard work of our teachers, school staff and pupils. We have the building blocks in place to ensure that education standards continue to rise.’
The recently published results are provisional. Official performance tables will be published by the Department for Education in January.