Hard work pays off as Portsmouth school sees big improvement

WELL DONE From left, head boy Harry Hopgood, prefect Laura Clarke, Lord Mayor of the City of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas, headteacher David Jeapes, head girl Lucy Cobb and prefect Sam Hutchings
WELL DONE From left, head boy Harry Hopgood, prefect Laura Clarke, Lord Mayor of the City of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas, headteacher David Jeapes, head girl Lucy Cobb and prefect Sam Hutchings
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A PORTSMOUTH school is celebrating being one of the most improved in the country, after it saw a huge jump in the number of top GCSE results over the last three years.

Mayfield School in North End has been recognised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) as one of the most improved schools.

Mayfield qualifies for this recognition as it has seen its five A*-C figure improve by more than 20 per cent in the last three years.

Every school has been ranked according to how much progress they have made in this key area and the 2011 rankings released by the SSAT indicate that Mayfield is in the top 10 per cent.

David Jeapes, headteacher, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have received this recognition from the SSAT. We have been working hard over the last few years to make improvements and feel proud that we have made such significant strides.

‘I would like to congratulate all of our former students who have contributed to the success of Mayfield and thank our staff and parents for their hard work and commitment.

‘This summer is shaping up to be another record-breaking one for the school and I am hoping we can maintain our position amongst the fastest-improving schools in the country.’

Sue Williamson, chief executive of the SSAT, said the school can set an example for how others across the country should perform.

‘Mayfield School should be congratulated for their stunning achievement in improving their GCSE results,’ she said.

‘Mayfield has proved itself to be one of the best schools in the country at improving GCSE outcomes for their students.

‘There is plenty that other schools could learn from Mayfield School’s success. These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Mayfield and a vindication of their belief in high expectations, good teaching and ambition for every young person.

‘Successful schools like Mayfield understand the value of data, such as these progress measures, in helping to ensure all young people perform to the very best of their ability.’

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas visited to present a certificate.

He said: ‘Mayfield’s achievement is fantastic and highlights their ambition. It is tremendous for the city of Portsmouth to have such a high performing school and this will support improvement across the city.’