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GCSE results improve for several schools in South

Tens of thousands of students have been receiving their GCSE results. Several schools in the South have seen major improvements - for some, performance is up by 15 per cent. It bucks a national trend where overall achievement is down - thought to be due in part to the fact 17 year olds are having to resit English and Maths if they didn't gain at least a C grade last year.

Christine Alsford's report includes interviews with pupils, Natalie Sheppard, Principal of Portsmouth Academy, Joy Ballard, Principal of Ryde Academy on the Isle of Wight, Tom Garfield, Principal of The Academy, Selsey in Sussex and a pupil from The Costello School in Basingstoke.

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