A SCHOOL in one of the most deprived parts of Hampshire has exceeded all expectation with its national average-smashing top tier GCSE results.
Chris Anders, head of Park Community School in Leigh Park, admits he had to double check his ‘gold standard’ pass rate of five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and maths when he read the headline figure of 55 per cent.
This result is comfortably higher than the government’s 35 per cent benchmark, and also beats last year’s 53 per cent England average.
Mr Anders said: ‘These are stunning results and I’m incredibly proud of all the staff and students for their achievement.
‘We were hoping for 50 per cent, but to get 55 per cent is very pleasing.
‘I hope this demonstrates what fantastic progress our students make. This is very much the result of sheer hard work and we will continue to drive towards even better results in future.’
Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville also had good cause to celebrate as 75 per cent of all students achieved the ‘gold standard’ pass rate.
Even though results dipped five per cent compared with last year, they are still among the best in the area.
Matthew Quinn, headteacher, said: ‘This outstanding set of results is a product of the commitment of hard-working students, teachers and support staff alike.
‘At Oaklands we believe that the influence of our caring environment, along with wonderful parental support, are significant factors in student success.
‘Our students are secure in the knowledge that Oaklands has provided them with a firm foundation and they will now move on with confidence to the next step of their lives.’
Max Bullough is head at Hayling College which saw a three per cent increase in its ‘gold standard’ pass rate to 51 per cent this year.
He said: ‘These results mark four years of continued progress and I’m absolutely delighted for all our students and staff who have worked incredibly hard.
‘The greatest achievement for us is the good English and maths pass rates because those are the subjects that open doors and give opportunities to young people.’
Despite many success stories, Havant Academy, which replaced Staunton Community Sports College in September 2010, achieved a 23 per cent ‘gold standard’ pass rate compared with 27 per cent last year.
Principal Julie Taylor said she was ‘disappointed’ with the result, but highlighted results she was pleased with including the academy’s 100 per cent A* to C pass rate in English literature, and 73 per cent A* to C pass rate in science.
She said: ‘In this first year of the academy’s existence, and in the context of a significant staff restructuring, we’re pleased some areas of strengths have started to develop.’