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Students’ hard work pays off as they collect GCSE results

Students’ hard work pays off as they collect GCSE results

Students and staff at The Portsmouth Academy located on St. Mary’s Road and part of Thinking Schools Academy Trust, are celebrating today as they receive their GCSE grades. This year, despite the challenges caused by the coronavirus, students have excelled, and the academy is rejoicing in a year of fantastic results for students.

The academy saw particular success in subjects including English Literature, Geography, History, Music and RE where almost 20% of students achieved a grade 9.

There are also some standout individual performances. These include:

  • Emma Pope, who successfully achieved eight grade 9s including both her English Literature, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and her Maths grade, two grade 8s and a grade 5.
  • Zahra Eftekhari, who achieved seven grade 9s in English Literature, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Art, two grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 6
  • Charmi Patel who achieved six grade 9s, a Distinction in Vocational Health & Fitness, one grade 8, one grade 7 and one grade 6. Charmi was a mid-term transfer at the school who joined during the first week of mock exams in Year 11 and has shown incredible resilience to achieve such impressive grades.
  • Esme Ottesen-Phelps and Leah Nash demonstrated significant progress from their Key Stage 2 SAT scaled scores, achieving on average 3 grades better than their targets across all of their subjects. Esme showed particular success in Art (grade 9), Health and Fitness (Distinction*) and Science Trilogy (9-8), whilst Leah achieved grade 7s in English Literature and Food & Nutrition and grade 6s in Science Trilogy and Geography.

Due to the pandemic, the Government made the decision that this year, young people’s grades would be determined by teachers, based on work they had produced throughout their courses. These grades were then moderated and assessed by external exam boards who awarded the final grades.

Collecting her GCSE results today, Emma Pope, said:
“I am really proud of the results that I have achieved, particularly those that came out higher than I expected such as in Design & Technology and French. I am also delighted that I got a strong pass in Art! These results secure my place at The Portsmouth Grammar School where I will continue my studies in English Literature, Psychology and Geography. I would love to thank all of the teachers at The Portsmouth Academy who have supported me because I would not have done so well if it hadn’t been for them.”


Rachel Grey, Headteacher at The Portsmouth Academy, said:
“I am incredibly proud of our students as they receive their GCSE grades today. This year group is our final girls-only cohort and as a result they will always have a special place in our hearts. They have worked so hard over the last two years and have taken all the challenges of the pandemic in their stride. To see them receive the grades they deserve and be able to progress onto their next steps is fantastic.

Five of our students have secured placements at The Portsmouth Grammar School on a funded scholarship to continue with A Level courses and this is a huge accolade for the students themselves and also the school. We are excited to see what the future holds for them and would like to say a huge thank you to all our students, parents, carers, staff and local community for your support and encouragement.”


Stuart Gardner, CEO of Thinking Schools Academy Trust, added:
“I am delighted for our students at The Portsmouth Academy. They have worked exceptionally hard, and it is great to see them excited about their future. Well done to all!”