The number of Island students achieving five or more A* – C grades has risen four percentage points from 52.3% to 56.3%.
Provisional results released for the Isle of Wight’s GCSE exams show the Island has remained above the 50% average pass rate for five or more A* – C grades which was achieved for the first time last year.
However the percentage of students achieving five or more A* – C grades including English and Maths dropped by 1.6 percentage points to 40.8%.
Four of the Island’s five high schools have shown improvements on the key five or more A* – C grades indicator, in particular Carisbrooke. The school has shown a huge rise of almost 11 percentage points, returning an average of 67%. Cowes saw a rise of three percentage points to 58%, Sandown also rose by three percentage points to 53%, Medina rose five percentage points to 58% while Ryde maintained its average from last year of 49%.
Isle of Wight Council Chief Executive Steve Beynon said
“It is very encouraging to see the Isle of Wight maintain the upward momentum we saw last year when we broke the 50 percent barrier for the first time. In particular, Carisbrooke and Medina have shown high increases in the all important five or more A* – C grades. We are on the right road and that needs to continue over the next year.”
Isle of Wight Council Leader David Pugh said
“I send my congratulations to all students and staff who have returned these encouraging results. It is pleasing to see the Isle of Wight has improved from last year and our aim now must be to continue this trend onto 2009 and beyond”
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