Portsmouth’s Springfield School sets new benchmark for GCSE rates

RESULT Students are performing well in their GCSEs
RESULT Students are performing well in their GCSEs
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A STATE school has smashed the city’s GCSE record after 75 per cent of its students achieved top grades.

Springfield School in Drayton is celebrating its stunning ‘gold standard’ pass rate of five or more A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths.

Headteacher Lynn Evans said: ‘I’m so proud of my team and I’m really grateful to all the staff and our parents who have been so supportive.

‘In the 15 years that I’ve been here, this is the first time every single subject without exception has performed at a very high level.

‘We have no weak subjects.

‘Our students will be moving on from Springfield with a great foundation.’

St Edmund’s Catholic School in Landport is also in high spirits today as its 47 per cent ‘gold standard’ pass rate has shot up from 37 per cent in 2010.

Chris Whitfield, interim head, said: ‘St Edmund’s is now back on track. The school has gone through a period of uncertainty over the past two years and, against this difficult background, these results reflect the hard work of pupils and teachers.’

Charter Academy, which took over from failing St Luke’s in September 2009, scored the worst results in the city last year. But this year it climbed up the local league table with a 39 per cent ‘gold standard’ pass rate.

Naomi Carter, vice-principal, said: ‘We are over the moon. These are former St Luke’s children and St Luke’s teachers who have produced this year’s fantastic results.

‘We’ve always believed they could achieve the best and the proof is in the pudding.’

Adam Dare, head of King Richard School in Paulsgrove, whose ‘gold standard’ pass rate has risen from 35 per cent to 43 per cent, said: ‘I’m extremely pleased with the results but I think we can do better, especially now that we have a strong team of English and maths teachers.

‘Even though some of our children come to us with very low starting points, we’ve never seen that as an excuse not to achieve the best.

‘In 1997 when I arrived at this school, if someone had said we’d be getting a 40 per cent good GCSE pass rate people would have laughed in their face.’

Across the city most schools saw an increase in the ‘gold standard’ pass rate, with a small number either dropping percentage points or maintaining the same results.

Mike Smith, head of City Boys, said he was thrilled with this year’s 48 per cent ‘gold standard’ pass rate. He said: ‘It represents outstanding progress the boys have made since they arrived at this school.’

Priory School in Southsea dropped from a 48 per cent ‘gold standard’ pass rate to 37 per cent this year. Mark Marande, deputy head, explained: ‘This is primarily due to some issues around a single maths paper that 60 pupils sat. We are further investigating these results.’