A FELPHAM school is bucking the national trend when it comes to results.
Information from the Department for Education last week confirmed the good progress of Felpham Community College.
Nationally, there has been a drop in the percentage of students achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths. The national average in 2013 was 59.2 per cent and this year it dropped to 56 per cent.
At Felpham this summer, the results for Year 11 students increased by three per cent on 2013 results, to 63 per cent.
Head teacher Mark Anstiss said: “It is clear that the government has raised the bar with GCSEs. Module tests and retakes opportunities have been phased out, and the standards are rising.
“As a consequence of this, it is not entirely surprising that across the country the average results have dropped.
“Clearly we are delighted that at Felpham we did not follow this pattern, and when national results have dropped by three per cent, we went up by three per cent.
“Our school has a comprehensive intake and our Year 11 cohort last year joined the school in Year 7 with a national average ability profile.
“Our summer results of 63 per cent at five-plus A*-C GSCEs with English and maths means they have outperformed the national average this year by seven per cent.”
This is the second year the school achieved its best-ever results.
Mr Anstiss said: “We are not complacent at Felpham and are committed and determined to keep on improving. However, we should be pleased with the efforts of staff, governors, parents and most of all our Year 11 last summer who did so well.”