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We are still awaiting final 2019 results for Progress 8 etc.  Please scroll down for 2018 results.

— Schools Minister Lord Agnew praises school’s results —

Students and staff at The Portsmouth Academy are celebrating another fantastic set of GCSE results – with praise for their results coming from Schools Minister Lord Agnew.  

The Year 11 2019 students (40% of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds), have managed to gain on average in excess of 8 qualifications each, with a quarter of these grades at 7+ (equivalent to A*/A).  

Almost two-thirds (64%) of all qualifications were Grade 4 (equivalent Grade C) or above which is an incredible achievement and 51% were a Grade 5 (defined as a strong pass).

Students continue to attain exceptionally well in Maths, English, Triple Science, History and RE with all subjects achieving highly positive progress from students’ starting points.

Of the Year 11 students, 38% were considered to be highly able academically. They achieved an average of 10 qualifications each and 32% of their grades were an 8 or 9 (A*).

  • One of these students, Laura Day, achieved 11 GCSEs with 5 Grade 9s including Further Maths at A* Distinction.

The achievement of students who have English as an additional language continues to be a great source of pride for both the school and the local community:

  • Rahima Bibi achieved 4 Grade 9s, 4 Grade 8s and a Grade A at Further Maths.
  • Niha Yasmin Ali, who also has a special educational need, achieved 9 GCSEs including 5 Grade 7s and two Grade 6s.

Schools Minister Lord Agnew said:

 “Today marks the culmination of much hard work from students and teachers alike, and I want to congratulate all those involved in the results at The Portsmouth Academy, and the wider team at Thinking Schools Academy Trust.

 “GCSE results can be the springboard for a whole career, so whether young people choose further study through A levels, an apprenticeship or a vocational qualification, they should be full of excitement about the next stage in their lives.”

Principal Natalie Sheppard, who is stepping up to the newly created role of Director of Education for the Thinking Schools Portsmouth Hub from September with Rachel Grey becoming Principal, said:

“We are so delighted with these wonderful exam results because we understand the doors these will open for our students. They worked hard and rose to the challenge.

 “I would like to thank the brilliant staff at TPA who always provide incredible support for students. They continually motivate and challenge students to ‘Aspire and Achieve’ and offer them additional support where needed. This is what makes the difference in transforming life chances.

 “I am excited at supporting The Portsmouth Academy in my new role and know that Rachel will continue to provide excellent leadership and ensure the school goes from strength to strength.”

The Portsmouth Academy, rated by Ofsted as Good with Outstanding Leadership, is a member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a family of 17 high-performing schools across the South East that prides itself on providing a high-quality education to all students.

2018 results 

The following charts are taken from the Department for Education’s comparison website

Progress 8

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This score shows how much progress pupils at this school made between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4, compared to pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2. This is based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

A score above zero means pupils made more progress, on average, than pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.

A score below zero means pupils made less progress, on average, than pupils across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2.

A negative progress score does not mean pupils made no progress, or the school has failed, rather it means pupils in the school made less progress than other pupils across England with similar results at the end of key stage 2.

Detailed guide to Progress 8 – for more information about how the Progress 8 score is calculated.

‘Attainment 8’ score

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Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications.

Grade 5 or above in English & maths GCSEs

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This tells you the percentage of pupils who achieved grade 5 or above in the 2017 reformed English and maths GCSEs opens in a new window. Reformed GCSEs are graded 1 (low) to 9 (high). Grade 5 in the new grading is a similar level of achievement to a high grade C or low grade B in the old grading.

EBacc average point score

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The EBacc APS calculates a pupil’s average point scores across the 5 pillars of the English Baccalaureate, allocating points to a pupil’s best grades and dividing by 6 (the science grades count in 2 pillars, meaning a total of 6 pillars) to create an average point score per pupil. This measure is an average across the subjects (i.e. we divide the total by 6) and so is on a different scale to Attainment 8 which we calculated by simply awarding points score across 8 qualifications (without dividing the total).

This measure is based on the better result of either English language or English literature when both subjects are taken, maths, the best 2 results from the single sciences (3 out of 4 must be taken), or results from the combined science, the better result from either geography or history and the best result in languages.

For more information about how the EBacc average point score is calculated view the detailed guide to EBacc APS

Staying in education or entering employment

This shows the number of pupils who either stayed in education or went into employment after finishing key stage 4 (after year 11, usually aged 16). This is for pupils who finished year 11 in 2016, which is the most recent data currently available. This figure covers any sustained education or employment destination.

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School Performance Tables

School Performance Tables are published by the Secretary of State on the Department for Education’s website. The Tables give information on the achievement and attainment of pupils and include information on finance, absence, school workforce and the most recent Ofsted reports.

The attainment and progress data in the Tables is designed to be considered alongside other sources of information such as Ofsted reports and school prospectuses.

To view the School Performance Tables for The Portsmouth Academy, please visit the Department for Education’s website