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A FORMER Portsmouth state school pupil has just been awarded a £1,000 prize for gaining the highest grades in her university faculty.

Fran Goodship, who was educated at City of Portsmouth Girls, has made a big impression at Bristol University where she has just completed her first year of a social sciences degree.

The 20-year-old is one of two undergraduates in the faculty of social sciences and law awarded the Alumni Academic Achievement Award, after getting a first in all six papers she sat over the year.

Fran, of Southsea, said: ‘I worked very hard and I got really good grades but I never expected to win this award, I’m thrilled with it.

‘I’m really enjoying my degree and I’d like to use it to get into teaching and to help narrow the academic divide between disadvantaged and privileged students.

‘Up to 70 per cent of school life is affected by what goes on at home. I was lucky to have a supportive family but at school there were many girls who didn’t achieve as well as they could because of the negative attitude of their families towards education.’

Fran’s best exam was a 3,000-word essay reflecting on her own education, which included aspects of disadvantaged students at City Girls.

She said: ‘City Girls gave me a good understanding of people from a range of backgrounds and an appreciation of how difficult it is for people with no money.’