ONE of today’s biggest success stories is Havant Academy as its pass rate went up almost 10 per cent.
There were scenes of joy at the school in West Leigh, which is currently in special measures.
The results were a welcome boost as there was a nine per cent increase in pupils achieving the Gold Standard of five A* to C including English and maths.
This year 50 per cent of pupils achieved the highest grades.
One of those with a beaming smile was Emily Chivers, 16, from Bedhampton, who got three A*s, one B and three Cs.
She said: ‘I am so excited.
‘I was really nervous. I entered Year 10 with Fs. Now I have got Cs, Bs and As.
‘This means a lot.’
She now plans to go to South Downs College to study health and social care with a view to pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse.
The results are a major turnaround for the school, which was under threat of closure five years ago as Staunton School.
Principal Helen Cassady said: ‘What Havant Academy has achieved this academic year is impressive.
‘When the class of 2014 were in Year 7 the pass rate of 5* to C including English and maths at the predecessor school was 10 per cent. It is now 50 per cent and the best in the academy’s history - truly remarkable.’