Teenagers from across the Isle of Wight have been collecting their GCSE results today (Thursday) – but how did they do?
Sandown Bay Academy
At Sandown Bay Academy, Annabel Dalton said she was “very happy” with her results and plans to go to Havent Sixth Form College to study English Literature, P.E and Spanish. Jordan Allen achieved A*’s, A’s and B’s. He is going to study for his A Levels where he hopes to go to University to read Medicine. Siobhan Quinn also achieved A*’s A’ and B’s. She plans to do her A levels and go on to university to study veterinary. Jamie Gamble got six A’s, four B’s and a C and will study Law, Psychology, Sociology and Chemistry at A Level and plans to read Criminology at university. A spokesperson from Sandown Bay Academy said:
“Early indications are that Academy students have made significantly more progress in English than in previous years and we are also delighted to see improvements in Science.The traditionally strong Performing Arts and sports subjects also look to have maintained their record of success.”
Principal Claire Charlemagne said
“I am proud of the many students who have done extremely well in their GCSE examinations and commend them for their hard work and determination.”
Cowes Enterprise College
At Cowes Enterprise College, Josh Maloney plans to study for his A levels and go on to university to read Forensic Science. Eve Armstrong will stay at the school to study for her A level’s. Headteacher, John Peckham said:
“We‘re delighted with our student progress. This year group were a very disrupted year group through the whole re-organisation process. They joined us with attainment that was well below the national average, our outcomes are around the national average which means that our student have made fantastic progress. We’re really pleased with them.”
Ryde School students have been collecting their GCSE results today. A spokesperson from the school said 100% of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades. 49% of entries were awarded A*/A compared to 43% last year and 94% of all entries were awarded a C grade or above. Rohan Ramdany managed to get 11 A*’s and wants to study further to become a doctor. Hermione McKew was awarded A*’s, A’s and B’s and wants to study Chemistry, Physics and Maths at A level and possible go on to become an Engineer. Headmaster, Mark Waldron said:
“‘I am really pleased with these excellent and well deserved results that parents, staff, pupils but also the Island can be proud of. The top grades are wonderful to see but I am especially pleased that every one of our pupils passed both English Language and Literature at A* to C. “I am also pleased to see three quarters getting the English Bacc that shows our pupils are not only doing well but doing well in the key core subjects of Maths, English, Science, Languages and the Humanities which make such a difference to future prospects. “ As for the idea that the Isle of Wight is inward looking we have results this year in French, Spanish, German, Russian and Chinese with 48% of our French candidates getting an A* and three boys from the Island all passing Chinese GCSE, one with an A*.”
A spokesperson from Medina College said:
“The Trustees, Governors and Medina College leadership team are delighted to announce the continued success in the standards achieved at Medina College.”
Executive Headteacher, Peter Shaw welcomed the improvements in results at Medina College:
“It is clear that an incredible amount of hard work has taken place at Medina, and there is clear potential for further improvement in the future. Our own predictions for GCSE performance were very accurate, which is always tremendously satisfying.”
Nick Krista, Deputy Head of School at Medina College said:
“We are pleased with the considerable improvement made in terms of pupil progress and we would like to thank pupils, staff and parents for all their hard work and support.”
Emily Rugg gained 11 GCSE’s with six A’s and four B’s. She plans to study Physics, Biology, Maths and Geography at A level. Katie Attrill also achieved 11 GCSE’s achieving two A*’s, 7 A’s and 2 B’s. She plans to get her Biology, Geography and Business A levels before possibly pursuing a career in Accountancy. Rebecca Browning was awarded A*’s, A’s, B’s and C’s. She is going to Sixth Form and has hopes of becoming a teacher. A spokesperson from Ryde Academy said:
“We are so very pleased with our results…54% of our students achieved A*- C’s, compared to 38% last year.”
Principle Joy Ballard said:
“These are the best results in our history as an Academy and what I would consider to be the start of our journey towards excellence. Although we are celebrating our results today we know we can do even better. “This proves that despite some of the negativity directed towards island schools, our students can and will succeed. We are aiming to build on this, and combined with our new build due to open next year we know that we can create a school our students, staff, parents and indeed the island can be proud of. “We would like to wish all our students all the best for the future and encourage them to continue to #ShineBright”.
A spokesperson from Carisbrooke College said:
“The Trustees, Governors and Carisbrooke College leadership team are delighted to announce the continued success in the standards achieved at Carisbrooke College, which have continued to improve and are now in line with or exceeding national averages and expectations in key academic measures”.
Peter Shaw, Executive Headteacher said:
“We are particularly pleased with the fact that our predictions for performance were incredibly accurate. Initial figures indicate we are within 0.5% of our final Year 11 prediction. That is truly amazing and shows that our teaching staff really know our students.”
Rob Maddox, Head of School at Carisbrooke College said:
“I am delighted with the individual results that have been achieved. It makes me incredibly proud to see that all the hard work and dedication of all of our students and staff has produced excellent outcomes.”
Area Marketing and Communications Manager, Simon Attrill from HTP Training has said apprenticeship stats for August this year are 20% higher than this time last year: “Enquiries continue to come in and are already 25% higher than last year.” Nationally, this year’s GCSE results have shown a significant drop – down to their lowest level since 2008. The overall proportion of entries achieving a grade C or above has fallen by two point one per cent. The number of pupils achieving the top marks – grade A and A* – has also fallen.
The Studio School
Richard White, Headteacher said that many of the students had made significant progress across subjects since joining in Year 10 in 2014:
“These young people are the pioneers of this new academic route for 14 to 19 year olds on the Island. They have really impressed us with their fantastic work ethic and desire to do their best. “Changing school at 14 years old to take on the new ambitious work and study challenges the Studio School expects from its students is a big deal. I’m so proud of the way our students have stepped up. A high percentage of our students are continuing to study with us in our new 6th form.”
*The Isle of Wight Council has said the overall Isle of Wight GCSE results – compared to the national results – will be released tomorrow (Friday) .