— 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*).
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:
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.