The overall results for last year’s GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications have been released by the government. Education reporter Ruth Scammell finds out more and speaks to some of our local headteachers.
Links to school league tables
Students worked hard for months leading up to the pressure of last summer’s exams.
And now the overall picture of results can be seen after the Department for Education released the official results for students for GCSEs, A-levels, academic and vocational qualifications.
At GCSE level, in Portsmouth, 51 per cent of pupils, achieved the gold standard, which is defined as five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.
Across the Hampshire County Council area, which covers Fareham, Gosport and Havant, the figure was 58.9 per cent, down slightly from 60 per cent in 2013.
Nationally, the gold standard has fallen from 60.6 per cent to 56.6 per cent.
Cllr Peter Edgar is executive member for education at the county council and said: ‘These results demonstrate the high standards that our young people strive for and the excellent standards our schools and colleges achieve.
‘These young people are reaping the rewards of their success in further and higher education or training, studying for A-levels or working towards vocational skills and qualifications.
‘As the economy continues to grow, enabling young people to obtain the best qualifications and develop the highest standard of skills that they can will stand them in good stead for their future.
‘On behalf of the council, I congratulate them and wish them every success in their chosen career path, whether that is entering an apprenticeship or moving on to university.
‘I want to pay tribute to our secondary schools. They have dealt with a great deal of change in recent years and their collective performance on behalf of our children deserves recognition.’
Portsmouth’s 51 per cent of ‘gold standard’ pupils is a rise from 2013 when it was 47.6 per cent.
Neill Young, city council cabinet member for children and education said it’s a step in the right direction.
‘This is good news for Portsmouth’s young people,’ he said. ‘Education standards are on the rise and last year we achieved our best results across Key Stages 1 and 2 and GCSEs. Thank you to our teachers, school staff, parents and pupils for their hard work and dedication and we’re committed to continuing to build on this success.’
But at A-level, Portsmouth is one of the lowest scoring authorities in the country with an average point score of 194.6. However, students could only study A-levels at Portsmouth College until last September when Charter Academy opened its first sixth form.
YOUNGSTERS at Charter Academy in Somers Town have come out on top getting the best results for a state school in the area.
An amazing 83 per cent achieved the gold standard - up from 68 per cent in 2013.
Principal Dame Sharon Hollows said: ‘We are really pleased that all the hard work that has been done by students and staff and the support by parents that has been reflected in these results. This proves that children in Portsmouth can achieve the highest standards. We’ve got to keep working hard to meet the children’s needs and do the best for every individual child.’
Meanwhile, Springfield School in Drayton got 69 per cent - up from 51 per cent.
THERE were plenty of success stories in Fareham.
At Brookfield Community School 75 per cent of students got the gold standard. Stuart Parkes, deputy headteacher said: ‘The results reflect the hard work, commitment and sheer effort of our students, their teachers and parents and it is wonderful that Brookfield is now one of the highest performing schools in Hampshire.’
At Fareham Academy, 70 per cent achieved the gold standard. Headteacher Nadine Powrie said: ‘We are delighted to have increased our results during such turbulent times in education and we would like to congratulate our students, staff, governors and all our parents.’
STUDENTS and staff at Bay House School are celebrating their best ever results.
A total of 61 per cent of pupils achieved the gold standard at GCSE.
Headteacher Ian Potter said: ‘The GCSE results in 2014 were record-breaking for Bay House and the Ofsted statistics demonstrate that the progress students made equals the best in the country.
‘We are delighted by these results that reflect the high expectations that staff and students have for themselves and we are proud that the school community’s hard work and determination has been recognised in this way.’
Elsewhere, 35 per cent of students at Bridgemary School achieved the gold standard, the same as 2013.
IT was a mixed bag in Havant, with half of the schools seeing a dip.
But one that didn’t was Crookhorn Technology College in Purbrook, where 52 per cent of students achieved the gold standard - a nine per cent rise.
Headteacher Grahame Sammons said: ‘The nine per cent improvement is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the staff in ensuring the best possible outcomes for our students.
‘The 17 per cent improvement in English was particularly pleasing as was the fact that both English and maths outperformed the national average on student progress figures.’
At Warblington School, 51 per cent got the gold standard - up two per cent.