Guildhall Square taken over by the 2016 Clocktower Classics Motor Show

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Guildhall Square was taken over by thousands of motor and bike enthusiasts on Sunday for the 2016 Clocktower Classics Motor Show.

This free public event was a collaboration between Portsmouth Scene LTD and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust (the charity that runs Portsmouth Guildhall), with vintage cars, motorbikes and other vehicles paraded in the Square for the 5,500 attendees to see.

Amongst the many cars included in the event were the three-wheeled Trotter’s “Reliant Regal” of Only Fools & Horses fame, and the 1989 Michael Keaton Batmobile; seen by many enthusiasts as the most recognisable of the cars from the Batman DC Comic/film series.

Local bands and artists were put in the spotlight during the event, as two live outdoor stages were enjoyed by many throughout the day. The Alfresco Stage was brought to a close with solo artist Patrick Wallace while the Train-Track stage was headlined by Portsmouth favourites Crown Of Thieves.

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Exhibitions in the Portsmouth Guildhall including the ‘Portsmouth Music Experience’ were also open for attendees, as was a live Guildhall-themed graffiti exhibition taking place by the Guildhall steps. Face-painting, a bouncy castle and photo-opportunities ensured that there was plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Co-organiser of the event Shane Spears, of Portsmouth Scene and Portsmouth Guildhall said “A great turn out for us, so many beautiful cars and bikes. It’s a trip down memory lane and was great to see so many people, all ages enjoying themselves.The live music went down an absolute treat and Portsmouth Scenes new stage looked incredible! We even got to hang out with Batman! We're already planning for next years show, so watch this space!”

This year’s Motor Show was much larger in scale from the previous years event, which took place entirely in Portsmouth Guildhall’s car park. Plans are already taking place to see what can be done next year’s Motor Show even more of a spectacle.


The Solent Deal: Business Survey

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The Solent LEP has launched a business survey in partnership with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Business Alliance focussing on business attitudes towards the proposed Solent Deal Devolution Plans.

the LEP are asking people to complete the survey on behalf of their own organisation and also to circulate amongst their members and key business contacts.

All information is for analysis only and will not be passed to third parties.

Results of the survey will be shared towards the end of September.

The Solent LEP hope you and your members will participate in this important project in helping Authorities understand local business attitudes and needs in future decision making, and thank you for your assistance.

Click here to begin the survey


Outstanding A-Level Results for Portsmouth College Students

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Students and staff at Portsmouth College are celebrating the news of outstanding A level and BTEC results, with an overall pass rate of 98% for full-time A level students and 42% at grades A*-B. These figures sustain the now long-standing record of excellent A level results at the City’s sixth form college. 

Our overall results for our second year leavers stand at 97% pass rate with 50% high grades, meaning that for the first time fully half of our second year students have left us with A*-B / Distinction grades.

The College welcomes a high proportion of its students from partner schools in the City and is delighted to be a key player in their progression from success at school through to today’s fantastic results and, in many cases, their achievement in securing first choice places at university or in employment.
Aimee Wragg achieved A* A* A in Physics, Maths and Philosophy and has secured a prestigious place at Cambridge University to study Philosophy. She even exceeded the grade requirements for Cambridge!

Amir Hussain was delighted with his A*, A, A in Maths, Biology and Chemistry. He has secured a place to study Biomedical Sciences at Southampton University. He is really happy to have won this competitive place at his first choice university.

Ben Jackson achieved a Triple Distinction in Music Technology, equivalent to three ‘A’ grades. He was shortlisted for BTEC student of the year because of the fantastically high quality of his music composition. He is off to study Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University and will continue working and creating professional music.

Principal, Steve Frampton, expressed his delight for our students and their parents, and for the College:
“We are very proud of our amazing, hard-working students and all they have achieved over the last two, or in some cases three years. Nearly all passed everything, and the majority, with strong high grades, which will allow them to progress to excellent universities all over the UK, or seek employment in their chosen vocation. They were a great pleasure to work with, and we are very proud of them, and would like to congratulate them all, and their parents and supporters. They leave us as confident, well prepared, respectful global citizens, with strong employability and academic skills, due to all the support, hard-work and commitment of our very dedicated and professional team of college staff, who I know our students, and their parents, have really appreciated. This tri-partite partnership is at the heart of our students success and today we are all joined in celebrating the considerable achievements of those students who are leaving us now to go on to further study at Oxbridge, and other top universities all over the country including London, and equally those who have gained employment and apprenticeships locally and beyond. Well done to them all!

Equally pleasing is the performance of the largest cohort of students in the college's history, in their first year external exams including their AS levels. They achieved record breaking external exam results, both as pass rates and high grades. This can be the foundation of another fantastic set of A level and vocational results next summer, and sustain the year-on-year improvements made in recent years. It is a very exciting time for our students and our college, coming on the back of being recognised as one of the most rapidly growing and popular colleges in the country, with an outstanding reputation for innovation, support, skills development, and of course outstanding teaching and learning. As importantly as this national recognition, is what our students tell us every day, and without doubt the overwhelming majority have really enjoyed and valued their college experience. We are delighted that our unique, respectful timetable, investment in Apple iPad minis for all our 1400 students, and the brilliant work of our specialist and dedicated staff has enabled them to have such an enjoyable, fun, interesting and successful time at college. We are confident these excellent achievements will be the foundation of very successful futures for these wonderful and talented young people, and we wish them all every future success and happiness. Both these two very successful year groups are students predominantly from our local secondary schools, and they are proving to be inspirational role models for local Portsmouth pupils.

We now eagerly look forward to next Thursday, when nearly 150 of our own 16-19 students will get their GCSE and other Level 2 results, along with 1600 year 11 pupils in our partner city schools. It is an equally stressful wait for our 250 city adult learners, the majority of whom are re-taking their Maths and English courses to try and improve their employability skills, and to help their children and grandchildren with their core numeracy and literacy skills. We wish all these 2000 students every success next week. We hope they will be celebrating after all their hard work and commitment, and look forward to helping many of them with the next stages of their education and achieving their dreams and goals."

Summary of statistics:

  • 98% Pass rate for full-time A level students
  • 42% A level students achieving the top grades, A*-B
  • 97% Overall pass rate for level 3 leavers
  • 50% Overall high grades for level 3 leavers

The Portsmouth Grammar School: A Level Results 2016

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The largest Sixth Form year group in the history of The Portsmouth Grammar School today celebrated their amazing achievement of being awarded over 300 A*-A grades at A Level and the equivalent scores in the International Baccalaureate diploma.

Earlier this summer, Year 13 IB students achieved an average score of 38.7 points per candidate, equivalent to at least 3 A grades at A Level; and today, with the release of A level results, pupils and staff are celebrating the news that in the year group as a whole 22% of all grades awarded are A* and 56% are A*-A grades.

“This is a great accomplishment by our pupils who have worked incredibly hard and kept aiming high throughout their time here. I am very proud of them. I am sure they would also wish to join me in paying tribute to their teachers who have provided inspiration and support throughout,” said Headmaster, James Priory,” something which inspectors also praised when they visited the school earlier this year."

Pupils are going on to study an exciting array of different subjects including Architecture, Medicine, Astrophysics, Computer Animation and Engineering not just in UK universities but also around the world.

Fourteen pupils confirmed their places at Oxbridge colleges today and will be reading subjects including Computer Science, Linguistics, Chemistry and Classics. Amongst the pupils celebrating is James Campkin, who with four A* grades secured his place at Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. James was a member of the 1st XI Hockey team which reached the National Plate Hockey Finals at the Olympic Park earlier this year.

Ten pupils have places to study medicine and veterinary science, with the significant majority of pupils now heading off to first choice courses at universities including Aberdeen, Bath, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Southampton, Warwick as well as several London universities.

Having joined PGS for Sixth Form, Harry Munro-Clark is one of the pupils heading abroad, to New Zealand, for university. Other pupils heading around the world to continue their studies include Lucia Zhou who is going to Northeastern University in Boston, USA and International Baccalaureate pupil, Alex McKirgan who is off to Stanford University, USA to read Economics.

Individual stories of outstanding achievement run throughout the year group.

Ethan Creamer, one of the first pupils to have come all the way through PGS from Nursery to Sixth Form, is today celebrating securing his place at the London School of Economics to read Politics and Philosophy after receiving 3 A* grades and a C in his A Levels. “It already feels strange not to be coming here every day,” said Ethan. “To finish my time here like this is excellent.”

Sophie Whitehead joined PGS in Year 3 and today celebrated an A* and two A grades that take her to Exeter University to read English. Her mother, Mrs Rebecca Whitehead was Head Girl during her time at PGS. “I am so surprised with my results and that I got an A*,” said Sophie. “I am really, really pleased.”

Over the last five years PGS have welcomed pupils from Mayfield School who have joined through a scholarship jointly funded by Mr Brian Wilkie and PGS. Finley Cookson and James Butler, who joined the school in September 2014, today celebrated achieving their first choice university places. James achieved an A*BB that secures his place at Leeds to read International History and Politics, whilst Finley Cookson’s grades of ABC take him to the University of Nottingham to read Biochemistry. “I’m pleased with my results and looking forward to university now,” said Finley. “I really think that PGS made the difference for Finley,” said his father, Mr John Cookson. “The focus in the Sixth Form really helped him and it’s been a great experience.”

Last year Maisie Sharp was part of the England gold medal winning squad at the World Indoor Netball Championships in Brisbane, Australia; today she celebrated straight A grades that will take her to Exeter to read Modern Languages.

Rachael Beaves also secured straight A grades which secures her place at the University of Surrey to read Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems. Rachael is just one of several girls heading off to university to take up studies in engineering disciplines, including Filippa Furniss who is going to Imperial College London to read Biomedical Engineering.
Francesca Strongitharm-Cornell took a lead role in the Senior School Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, at The Kings Theatre whilst studying for A Levels and achieved 3 A grades that will take her to Sheffield to read Music.

David Simmonds last year became the European Under 18 Champion Moth European at the championships in Holland, today he celebrates 2 A* and 2 A grades which secures his place at Imperial College London to read Aeronautical Engineering. “It’s been a little bit difficult balancing sailing with studying, I’m happy with my results and really looking forward to going to university.”

“We place a strong emphasis on the value of a rounded experience in the Sixth Form and it is great to see pupils performing so well academically at the same time as staying involved in the wider life of the school in their final year,” said James Priory. “We believe that this approach helps to open doors to some very exciting opportunities and destinations, and that’s certainly been apparent today!”

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