GCSE Triumph for The Portsmouth Academy

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Students at The Portsmouth Academy (TPA) in Fratton are celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE results, and proving that background is no barrier to academic achievement.

83% of students are classified as hailing from disadvantaged backgrounds, which puts the school in the top 1% of the country for that measure.

Despite these challenges, 76% of all qualifications were Grade C (equivalent Grade 4) or above, whilst 66% of students gained a standard pass in both English and Maths.

TPA is also delighted to have maintained their record of more than a quarter of all grades being A*/A, which is all the more impressive given that GCSEs are widely thought to have been made harder this year.

Progress across the school was particularly strong, underlining the value that Portsmouth Academy adds to students from when they join aged 11. The provisional “Progress 8” score – which measures improvement from Year 7 across eight subjects, including key academic subjects – was 0.4. That equates to each student achieving on average almost one third of a grade better per subject than they had been expected to achieve when they joined. This measure was an incredible 1.96 for students for whom English is an Additional Language.


Individual success stories include:

Jade Davies-Storey who achieved an astonishing 8 A* grades plus Maths, English and English Literature at Grade 9. Jade will go on to Bay House School 6th Form to study Chemistry, Maths, History and English Literature.

Izah Fatima, who made incredible progress from her KS2 SATs results and secured 10 GCSEs between A* and B, including English and maths at Grade 7 (equivalent to A). She has a place at Portsmouth College to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A Level and has aspirations for a career in medicine.

Julia Tworkowska, a native Polish speaker, gained 13 qualifications securing 7 A*s, 3As, and maths, English and English Literature at Grade 9 (equivalent to A*). Julia plans to study science and become a doctor.


Natalie Sheppard, Principal of The Portsmouth Academy said:

“This sustained improvement is testament to the truly great teaching which is delivered every day by our hardworking and dedicated teachers. I would like to thank all staff in the school who work tirelessly to provide an outstanding education for our children.

“The vast majority of this year group were entitled to free school meals and, across the country, these children tend to achieve far less well than their peers. We have bucked this trend.

“The students have risen to every challenge and we are enormously proud of their success, which we know will open doors and transform their life chances.”