THE NUMBER of Island students achieving the benchmark five A* to C grades, including English and maths, has fallen by almost two per cent, provisional figures have revealed.
Of around 1,500 pupils sitting GCSEs on the Island this summer, just 47 per cent achieved the government target of five A* to C passes, including maths and English, down from around 49 per cent in 2013.
In 2013, 60.6 per cent of students nationally achieved the same measure.
Despite the drop in figures, Cowes Enterprise College recorded its best ever set of results.
IW Council executive member for children's services, Richard Priest said: "All those who sat GCSE and vocational examinations should be praised for their achievements and we appreciate the work of parents in supporting them.
"I am pleased that some schools have improved their results but we all must recognise that overall we still have a long way to go."
An IW Council spokesman said major changes to GCSEs had been widely reported and, while the national picture was unclear, the changes resulted in a national 1.9 per cent decline in A* to C grade passes in English exams.
Official figures are set to be published later in the autumn and schools are set to be judged against new targets, including progress in English and maths, and performance in the 'best eight' subjects.
Cllr Priest added: "When we entered into the partnership with Hampshire we did not anticipate major improvements in GCSEs in the first year. We have laid the foundations on which we are already building for the future."
"The improvements we have already seen in primary schools are very encouraging and we anticipate the work we have done with secondary schools will bring about similar improvement.
"This is especially in light of the recent positive comments from Ofsted on the arrangements we have in place for school improvement."