Isle of Wight GCSE students have attained higher grades than in previous years, according to provisional figures released today (Thursday).

The Isle of Wight Council says early indications show pupils attaining a grade 4 or above in English and Maths have improved from 55 per cent in 2018, to 60 per cent this year.

The ‘attainment 8’ outcome which measures the results across the wider curriculum is also significantly better.

As previously reported, Isle of Wight Radio has been out and about speaking to pupils as they open their envelopes.

It is just the second year a new one to nine grading system has been used across the country.

It does not directly correlate with the old A* to G grades, but a grade 4 is equivalent to the old grade C.

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, said:

“Huge congratulations to all the students and staff for all their hard work and dedication. 

“I’m really pleased with the large improvement in both English and maths, but also in the advances made across the broader curriculum. Teamed with the provisional A-level results from last week, this is great news for the Island and shows that we are moving in a very positive direction; education is improving and our young people have the skills to succeed in whatever they choose to do next. 

“We will now wait for all the results to be verified later in the autumn term.” 

Any students who wish to discuss their options after receiving their GCSE results can seek information and advice from the council’s Island Futures service.

For more details, email: [email protected] or tel: (01983) 823888.