AN INCREASED number of Isle of Wight youngsters have achieved five or more A* to C-grade GCSEs, including English and maths.
Provisional results from the Island’s secondary schools showed the increase of five per cent from 45 per cent last year in 2012 to 50 per cent this year.
Limited information is available for national results but in 2012, 58.8 per cent of students achieved the same level.
The Island’s maths results were strong with 70 per cent of pupils achieving the top grades, compared with the national average of 58 per cent.
English results were just shy of the 64 per cent national level at 61 per cent.
Around 1,500 Island students sat the exams this summer, with many choosing to take vocational qualifications alongside such as diplomas, BTECs and National Vocational Qualifications.
Cllr Richard Priest, cabinet member for children’s services for the Isle of Wight Council said: "All those who sat GCSE and vocational exams this summer should be praised for their efforts.
"We appreciate the support of parents and the work of the teaching and support staff in helping these students to do well and we will be working closely with all schools over the coming year to help them to continue to improve."
He added: "Our current cohort of 16 year olds now has the opportunity to build on their achievements, as they move into further education or training to study for A-levels or vocational skills and qualifications.
"It is important young people continue in education or training to obtain the best qualifications and develop the highest standard of skills so they can shape their own futures and that of the Island. On behalf of the council, I wish them every success."
Changes to education legislation mean those finishing school this summer will not be 'school leavers’ but will continue in education or training for at least another year and more than 93 per cent of young Islanders have secured a post-16 study place or apprenticeship from September.
The IW Council’s participation team is offering drop-in support to young people during the exam results period. Contact them on 525927, or visit at 29 High Street, Newport. The opening times are Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 12.30pm, then 1pm to 4.30pm, and Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm, then 1pm to 4pm.