Leader ‘disappointed’ over city GCSE results

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PORTSMOUTH’S council leader has spoken of his disappointment about the city’s GCSE results.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said that while some school’s had improved, there were others that needed a lot more support.

He was unhappy to hear that only 34 per cent of students at The City of Portsmouth Boys’ School, in London Road, Hilsea, achieved five A*-C, – which is five per cent below the national average.

Miltoncross School, Milton Road, Milton, also only managed 34 per cent.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘We will give them as much support as we can.

‘I’m quite disappointed with the GCSE results.

‘The schools we were worried about last year have really upped their game though – these were The City of Portsmouth Girls’ School, Charter Academy and King Richard School.’

As previously reported, 50 per cent of pupils in Portsmouth achieved gold standard results.

That is five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.

In Hampshire this figure was 60 per cent, and the national average was 58 per cent.