Cowes Enterprise College

Only one Isle of Wight secondary school — Cowes Enterprise College (CEC) — makes the grade as average, according to the latest government statistics.

Progress 8 scores for Isle of Wight schools, which had been delayed due to a data error with missing results, have ranked four Island schools as below average, and two well below average.

The two schools well below average are the Island Innovation Federation academies, Medina and Carisbrooke College, both with scores under -0.5.

Christ the King College, which used to be top of the table, has a score of -0.17, falling into the below average category, with Ryde Academy (-0.35), the Island Free School (-0.40) and the Bay Academy (-0.41).

It is the second year CEC has been ranked as the top performing secondary school on the Island with a Progress 8 score of 0.12.

CEC Principal Rachel Kitley said:

“We are delighted our students have once again performed so strongly in their GCSE examinations.

“The revised GCSE tables published highlight our success in maintaining a positive ‘Progress 8’ score.

“These strong results showcase the positive difference we are continuing to make for the young people we serve, and are a demonstration of our success in maintaining these high standards.

“We look forward to building on this year’s achievements.”

Progress 8 scores measure key stage four results of a pupil’s best eight GCSE results, including English and Maths, and then compares those to other pupils nationally with similar achievements at key stage two.

Across the Island, girls had a better Progress 8 score than boys with a -0.12 average compared to -0.53.

Only 34 per cent of Island pupils achieved grade five or above in English and maths — equivalent to a high C or a low B on the past grading system — compared to 40 per cent nationally.

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter