THIS WEEK IN 1981: School standards are getting better

Contestants line-up at the Elm Grove, Hayling Island, Co-Op for The News-Co-Op trolley dash. From left, S Slade, of Portsmouth, M O'Connor, of Southsea, G Perryman, of Clanfield, V Gibson of Titchfield, E Jackson, of Portchester, and J Jones, of Hayling Island

THIS WEEK IN 1981: ‘All you can collect – and free’ in a trolley dash with The News

Here we see a group of gentlemen in front of the Guildhall, perhaps on a jolly boys' outing, just before the outbreak of the First World War  'Picture: Robert James collection

NOSTALGIA: Bittersweet picture of youthful innocence on jolly boys’ day out

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Figures revealed the number of people taking and passing external exams in Hampshire had been steadily increasing over the previous three years.

Education director JH Aldam said the figures showed standards of education had been maintained, or even improved.