Isle of Wight students are planning for the future today (Thursday) as A Level results drop into inboxes and envelopes are ripped open.

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Cowes Enterprise College, Christ the King College’s Sixth Form, the Island VI Form Centre at Nodehill in Newport, Ryde Academy and Ryde School are all opening their doors to students.

Results will also be coming in from the Isle of Wight’s music college – Platform One.

Noteable absences from this year are The Studio School in East Cowes, which closed earlier this month and The Bay CE in Sandown, which no longer has sixth form facilities.

The first results are in:

Island VI Form Centre

The school said:

“Governors and College leadership teams are delighted to announce it has been another great year for the students and staff of the Island VI Form. The results reflect the hard work and dedication put in by staff and students. The VI Form continues to support students as they take full advantage of having a dedicated VI Form site that is an excellent stepping stone to life at University or higher level Apprenticeships.

“There have been some excellent results for individual students in their A Levels and BTEC studies with some students getting straight A grades or double distinctions. The vast majority of students are going on to their first choice universities and starting the next exciting stage of their education.”

Dave Mumford, Head of the VI Form said he is delighted with some of the individual results that have been achieved.

“We have over 150 students going on from the Island to follow a huge range of university courses including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Law, Fashion, accessing the top Russell Group Universities across the country. Congratulations to all students on their achievements and I would like to thank parents and staff for all their support.”

Summary of results

43 students achieved A* or A in one or more of their A Level subjects, 9 of which achieved AAB or better.

37 students achieved at least one Distinction* or Distinction in their vocational courses.

Over 60 A* or A grades and 22 Distinction* or Distinction grades were awarded across the centre.

64% of A Level grades achieved were A*C.

86% of vocational grades achieved were Distinction* to Merit.

Platform One College of Music
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A school spokesperson said:

“Platform One College of Music just keeps going from strength to strength. Since opening in 1999, results have never dropped below national benchmarks and are consistently above expectations set by the government across the country.

“Once again Platform One students have achieved outstanding results.

“Thirty students achieved the full Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music, which is equivalent to taking three full A Levels. Many students exceeded challenging targets, with nine students gaining the equivalent of three straight A grades.”

Elliott Parsons, Imogen Hawkins, Eilidh McCabe, Angel Sard, Dalon Scriver and Will Trasler all gained three distinction stars – this is the equivalent of three A star grades at A Level – an incredible result.

Student Elliott Parsons commented:

“My time at Platform One challenged me, but ultimately fulfilled me: I gained confidence and self-belief, had amazing opportunities, met some great musicians, mentors and friends, and the course allowed me to develop my skills and indulge my passions. I was made up with my results.”

Parent Karen Trasler commented:

“I cannot praise the Tutors enough at Platform One for their constant support and encouragement for helping Will and the other students achieve their brilliant results, which I and I am sure the other parents are very proud of.”

Fifteen students will progress to Platform One’s own BA (Hons) Commercial Music degree, which is run in partnership with the University of Chichester. Other students have gained places at reputable universities across the UK, including Bath Spa, Winchester, West London, Southampton, Point Blank, Academy of Contemporary Music, Chichester and Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

Eildh McCabe has gained a position in the police force, showing that Platform One is not just about music but also about personal and academic growth.

Director David Pontin commented:

“We are absolutely delighted with results again this year. We are proud of the achievements of each and every student. It is fantastic that all of our students will progress to their first-choice universities, with some students progressing straight into employment.”

If you are interested in employment in the music industry, events industry, music production and media then please get in touch. Platform One are still taking students for September 2019.

Book an appointment to discuss potential careers and look around Platform One’s incredible facilities with no pressure at all.

Cowes Enterprise College 

Students and staff at Cowes Enterprise College, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), are celebrating today after achieving exceptional A Level results– leading to students securing prestigious university places. The academy’s results have drawn praise from the Government, with Schools Minister Lord Agnew describing them as “impressive”.

Almost a third of A Level entries were graded A*-A – doubling last year’s figure – and 42% of entries achieved A*-B. 12% of the entries gained the top A* grade, with nine students in the cohort achieving all A*-A grades. The average grade for all academic qualifications was a C+ – a significant increase again on last year’s results.

As part of Cowes Enterprise College’s commitment to preparing students for their next steps in life, including securing places at leading universities, the number of students going to Russell Group universities has doubled this year.

Amongst the top achievers and destinations include:

  • One student, who achieved A*A*A*A, has secured a place at Oxford University to study maths
  • Alice Doig achieved four A* grades in English Literature, Psychology, Fine Art and an Extended Project
  • Lauren Hill, who received AAB, is going to St George’s medical school at the University of London
  • Duke Peters achieved ABC, and is going to the University of East Anglia to study medicine
  • Lewis Blackmore is joining Rapanui on an apprenticeship having achieved B, C, Distinction. Sam Jones is joining the BAE apprenticeship scheme in September.
  • Attaining a Distinction in Health and Social Care and a C in Sociology, Izzy Rothwell has won a place on the well-respected NHS apprenticeship scheme

Outstanding performances were seen in English, Maths and Science – traditionally strong subjects for the school. Cowes also achieved real success in its vocational subjects, with the average applied general result jumping from merit to Distinction+.

Rachel Kitley, Principal at Cowes Enterprise College, said:

“I am incredibly proud of all our students, who have worked so hard over the past two years and thoroughly deserve the outstanding results achieved today.

“We are delighted to see more students than ever before achieving top Russell Group university places and entering prestigious apprenticeship schemes, as well as continuing our record of students attending Oxbridge.

“I would like to thank our outstanding teachers for their dedication and commitment – which has helped to make these brilliant achievements possible. We wish our students every success for the future!”

Nick Hudson, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

“I would like to congratulate students, staff and the whole school community at Cowes Enterprise College on these exceptional results, which are testament to the hard work and determination of students, supported by their teachers and parents.

“As a trust, it is our absolute priority to ensure that every student has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and the skills to succeed whether going on to study at a leading university or entering the world of work. We look forward to working with the academy to build on these achievements.”

Schools Minister Lord Agnew said:

“Congratulations to all the pupils and staff at Cowes Enterprise College and the wider team at Ormiston Academies Trust, on such an impressive set of results.

“A Level results day marks the moment so many young people will make choices that can shape the rest of their lives, so whatever path they choose, every pupil at Cowes Enterprise College should do so full of confidence.”

Cowes Enterprise College

Christ The King College Sixth Form

The school said:

“Students at Christ the King College are celebrating the best KS5 results in the Sixth Form’s history, with 20% of students achieving an A or A* grade in at least one of their subjects and an overall A level success rate of 99%.

“Students achieving 3 A levels at between an A* and C grade increased by 13% on last year. Those achieving three level 3 qualifications was up by 22% on the previous year.

“Though National benchmark data is not yet available, it can be said with confidence that the Sixth Form has performed exceptionally well this year. More than 10% of students achieved a high grade in two or more facilitating subjects, i.e. those courses most commonly required or preferred by universities. The average attainment at A level is a C grade and the average attainment on BTEC qualifications is a Distinction.”

The Head of Sixth Form, Mrs. Hayley Conway-Hughes, is absolutely thrilled with the outcomes and said:

“We are so excited for the students today; they have worked unbelievably hard and deserve all of their successes. My thanks go out to the staff team. The standards of provision are very high in the Sixth Form at Christ the King College and these results are a testament to the care and attention we continue to offer our students. They have such exciting futures ahead of them and we wish them continued success in all that they do.”

Mrs Nora Ward, Head of School, said:

“The students, staff, and families of Christ the King College have all worked exceptionally hard this year. It has been a time of change for the college, which at times has been a challenge, however the fact that these are our best ever results confirms that together we are moving in the right direction.

“I am very grateful that our college community has worked together to achieve the best for the young people in our care. I am pleased for all our students, and look forward to celebrating the future contributions I know that they will make to their families, their Island and the wider world. Christ the King is the place of choice for Post-16 education.”

Executive Principal, Mr Matthew Quinn, said:

“I am delighted with this set of results- absolutely brilliant! They are a fitting tribute to the Sixth Form team. The results are a credit to the hard work of students and teachers alike. It is fantastic to see the progress made by many of our students from entry into Year 7 through to Year 13. The results prove that the college offers exceptional provision for young people on the Island.”

Ryde Academy

A Ryde Academy spokesperson said:

“Ryde Academy is delighted with their A Level results which have seen an improvement in progress points. Some students received A grades for all of their subjects.

“13% of grades were A*/A or above, 31% B or above and 63% C or above. Again, 100% of students have gained at least 2 A Levels or equivalent and 92% have gained at least 3 qualifications.

“Results are better than last year, with the progress for A Levels expected to be in line with national and the progress of our students who took applied qualifications to be well above national.”

Principal Joy Ballard said:

“We are so pleased for our students and know that these results give them the opportunity to go on to lead remarkable lives. We will miss them but wish them the very best for the future.”

Sam Marchbank said:

“I am really really happy and over the moon with my results. I got into my first choice university, Warwick, where I will be studying Maths, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics.”

Poppy Winter was also overjoyed with her A in Photography and she is heading to Bath University to study Photography for her degree.

Ryde School

Vinnie Murphy, Rose Hosein and Simon Lock,
Sophie Trapp
Joss Spence

A spokesperson from Ryde School said:

“As all subjects are now part of the tougher new A Level structure we were pleased to see 25% of A Levels being graded A* or A, 50% of the Higher Level IB Grades at the equivalent (6 or 7) and 90% of our BTEC candidates achieving a double distinction or above (something 34% of candidates achieved nationally last year).

“Particular congratulations go to two high achieving girls securing places to read Maths at Bath and Nottingham: Annabel Luke of Ryde whose A* in Maths was complemented by A grades in Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and the Extended Project and Joanna Orlik from Whippingham who received two A* grades for Maths and Art, alongside A grades in French and Further Maths. Three students, Veronika Künkel, a boarder from Germany, Joss Spence (Calbourne) and Sophie Ward (Cowes) have secured places at medical schools.

“Joss and Sophie are amongst several other students gaining at least two A grades at A Level including Rose Hosein and Vinnie Murphy from Ryde, Georgia Gibbs from Bembridge, Simon Lock of Shanklin, Ventnor’s Sophie Sieger, Ben Woodford of Seaview and Hong Kong boarder Felix Lau. They leave to study a variety of courses including English at Bristol, Psychology at Bath, Design in London and Chemistry at Durham.

“Five students following the IB Diploma achieved the equivalent outcome, grades 6 or 7 at Higher Level, including Pip Andrews of Seaview and Freshwater’s Lauren Bromley who achieved an impressive 41 and 40 points respectively (out of a maximum of 45) putting them in the very highest cohort internationally.

“All students taking the IBCP, a qualification which Ryde School was the first independent school to introduce and which combines academic and applied qualifications, secured high passes. Pupils celebrating include one gaining the maximum marks in his Sport BTEC whilst success for Ariela Richardson from Ventnor means she will study Radiography in Birmingham.

“This is the final year of A Level reforms so all A Level students have now sat the new exams and many do a combination of A Level and other qualifications. In addition, Ryde now has three routes through the Sixth Form so A Levels are only one part of our exam results.

“Taking A Level, IBCP and IB Diploma results together, the average UCAS points per student at Ryde is 138.5 which in the old system would be the equivalent to AAB at A Level.”

Mark Waldron, Head Master, paid tribute to the continuing hard work and determination of both staff and pupils:

“Our priority over the next few days is to support our students as they negotiate the next stages of their career and consider the exciting and varied opportunities ahead. We celebrate, of course, those who have achieved the very top grades in their subjects, but also those quiet triumphs of individuals for whom exams do not come naturally but have given their very best and have much to be pleased with today.

“This year marks the end of a period of significant change at A Level which makes many of these achievements, the combined work of pupils and staff, the more impressive.”