Top scores for Portsmouth students rising above A-levels

The Highfield Campus at the University of Southampton, which is home to the George Thomas Building. Picture: Geograph

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STUDENTS at a top performing school in Portsmouth are celebrating good results in a tougher alternative to the A-level.

Portsmouth Grammar School boys and girls are among the first pupils in the region to have completed the international award, which offers a broader range of six subjects including a foreign language, maths and at least one science.

The 31 pupils achieved an average point score of 35 from a maximum of 45.

Among them is Daniel Frampton, 18, a former Mayfield student who qualified for free school meals.

He achieved 42 points out of a maximum of 45 and has won a place at Oxford to read history – making him the first person in his family to go to university.

He said: ‘I hope I have shown that it is possible to get a place at Oxford no matter where you come from.’

Headmaster James Priory added: ‘Pupils and staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results – we are very proud of them all.’