A SCHOOL has received high praise from a government minister after its triumphs in exam results since 2012.
Schools minister Nick Gibbs wrote to Portchester Community School after recognising the significant improvements that had been made over the past few years.
Headteacher Richard Carlyle said he was thrilled by the gesture.
‘Naturally, as a school we are very proud of this achievement,’ said Mr Carlyle.
‘Along with achieving “good” in every category in our last Ofsted we are working hard to sustain this momentum for this year’s GCSE results and beyond to our next inspection.’
Due to the progress made over the past two years in GCSE results, Portchester Community School is now in the top 100 non-selective state funded schools in England when measuring improvement.
The measurement is the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths GCSE.
In the letter, Mr Gibbs wrote: ‘I am writing to convey my warmest congratulations to you, your staff and your pupils for your school’s excellent improvement in GCSE and equivalent results between 2013 and 2015.
‘Thank you for your work in this important area of a young person’s education and congratulations again to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism.’
In the school’s most recent Ofsted report, several key features were highlighted.
These included the dynamic and incisive leadership that has been provided since Mr Carlyle’s appointment, as well as other leaders at all levels displaying high aspirations on improving student’s achievements.
Additionally, it was recognised that teachers have high expectations of students and the behaviour around the school is exemplary.