Portsmouth students have the ‘grit’ factor

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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CHILDREN growing up in Portsmouth are more likely to have the ‘grit’ needed to succeed in life, according to a report.

A study of ambition among 11 to 18-year-olds across the UK by the Ambition AXA Awards has found there is something about Portsmouth that influences children to have the drive to achieve later in life.

Grit is defined as showing perseverance and passion for long-term goals.

A ‘grit scale’ placed Portsmouth in the fourth highest slot, after Glasgow, Aberdeen and Swansea, with a score of 3.13 out of a maximum of five.

This means Portsmouth students are more likely to work towards challenges and maintain effort over years despite failure.

Prof Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania, who devised the scale to test her theory that grit is a big factor in success, said: ‘Grit may be as essential as talent to high accomplishment.

‘If it’s important for you to become one of the best people in your field, you are going to have to stick with it when it’s hard.’