Hard work of students is something to be proud of

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Isn’t it great to see the delighted faces of pupils celebrating what are fantastic GCSE results for the Portsmouth area?

They have studied hard and it was with a mixture of excitement and relief that they opened their envelopes yesterday to find out how well they had performed.

It was very good news. In the city students achieved the best-ever ‘gold standard’ results – five passes at A* to C in subjects including maths and English.

And schools in Havant, Waterlooville, Fareham and Gosport also deserve congratulations as they too saw a rise in the number of students hitting the same standard.

What makes this even more praiseworthy is that there has been a national drop in grades, with concerns over the way papers were marked. Yet here we bucked the trend.

There are so many success stories locally. At Mayfield School in Copnor, there was an 18 per cent rise in the proportion of pupils achieving the gold standard.

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Marchant did so well, with grades including one A*, six As and two Bs, that she has won a scholarship to Portsmouth Grammar School.

And the recipe for her success? Charlotte says: ‘For a while I didn’t even have a life because I was revising so much, but it has paid off.’

Her story is mirrored across this region. Students have been prepared to put in the hard work and are now reaping the rewards. They are inspirational and should make us all proud of the younger generation.

Of course, the cynics will come out of the woodwork and claim the results are down to exams getting easier.

But we don’t believe that to be true at all.

The exam system is very simple. You get out what you are prepared to put in and pupils across the Portsmouth area demonstrated that they realised the importance of good results for their future, both academically and in the workplace.

With the support of staff and parents, they knuckled down, ignored distractions and got on with the necessary revision.