Students at Cowes Enterprise College have been celebrating record results. Picture by Martin Neville.
IT'S A Level results day today (Thursday), when pupils across the Island will discover their results.
There has already been excellent news at Cowes Enterprise College, where the number of pupils achieving an A or A* leapt from 15 per cent last year, to 34 per cent this year.
The number of students achieving A* to E reached 99.9 per cent.
Headteacher Rebecca Pearce said: "Teaching is improving hugely, expectations are so high now that second best is not good enough.
"Students and staff have set higher expectations for themselves tht has made a real difference.
"Let's not focus on the building, it's what's happening in the classroom that is important.
"Everything has come together. We are very proud, very excited and looking forward to the future."
Ryde School has also seen an improvement in its results, according to a statement issued today (Thursday).
The school said 51 per cent of pupils achieved A* or A grades, while 75 per cent of entries were A* to B grades.
More than 90 per cent of exams were C grades or above and when taking into account results from the International Baccalaureate, 54% of entries were awarded A*/A, according to the school.
Headmaster Mark Waldron said: "We are delighted with these results, our pupils have worked very hard and have exceeded their targets yet again. We were already celebrating record results at IB and now we have these excellent A level results too.
"With ten per cent of the Upper Sixth accepted to Oxbridge and so many going on to other great universities and courses, we are justifiably proud of our pupils, their ambition and hard work."
The school highlighted the efforts of several top performers including Benjamin Jarman of Freshwater.
He achieved six A* grades alongside three top grades in Cambridge University’s STEP Maths papers; he will be going to Trinity College, Cambridge to study Mathematics.
*Ryde Academy welcomed improvements in its results.
A spokeswoman for the school said: "A Level students have achieved on average a third of a grade higher in each of their results and they are leaving with more qualifications than in previous years, achieving the equivalent of an extra half an A Level each.
"The proportion of students achieving all three of their A Levels has gone up by nine per cent.
"These improvements are a testimony to the hard work of students and the dedicated support provided to students by staff.
"We are committed to ensuring that standards continue to rise in the future and we are looking forward to seeing further improvements in results next year."
Sandown Bay Academy said there had been exceptional results in some of the most demanding of A Level subjects and two students were now heading to Oxford University.
Other students are set to go to universities across the country to study subjects as diverse as Chinese, at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London to computer animation at Bournemouth.