Island schools' results still below national average

By Martin Neville

Friday, January 27, 2012


UPDATED 08:05*

THE achievement gap between Isle of Wight students and the rest of the country at GCSE level widened last year, figures released on Thursday revealed.

The statistics came out in the week the Isle of Wight Council predicted huge improvements in this summer’s exams.

New school league tables show that while results improved in 2011 with 49.1 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A*-C GCSEs or equivalent, including English and maths, the Island slipped further behind the national average, which last year stood at 58.9 per cent.

This compares to an Island figure of 45.5 per cent in 2010 against a national average of 53.5 per cent.

Of the Island’s state schools, Medina High School came out top with 52 per cent of pupils achieving the key measure of five or more A*to C GCSEs, including English and maths, compared to 43 per cent in 2010.

Carisbrooke High School achieved 51 per cent (49 per cent, 2010) Sandown High School 50 per cent (48 per cent), Cowes High School 48 per cent (42 per cent) and Ryde High School 41 per cent (47 per cent).

All Island state schools have since been taken over by academies and trusts in the new two-tier education system.

At private Ryde School, the figure was 88 per cent (97 per cent, 2010) and at Priory School it stood at 67 per cent (50 per cent, 2010).

For the first time, as well as showing how many pupils made the grade in subjects across the board, including the core maths and English, the Department for Education has also revealed details of the progress made by youngsters during their time at secondary school.

Meanwhile, 63.4 per cent of all students made expected progress in English, compared to 71.8 per cent nationally, and 58.5 per cent in maths against a national average of 64.8 per cent.

*At  A-Level, Island pupils achieved an average point score of 670.4 compared to a national average of 745.9.

The average point score per student at each of the five high schools were Cowes 723.2, Sandown 721.2, Medina 694.8, Carisbrooke 668.1 and Ryde High 666.9. At Ryde School the figure was 938.9 and at the Isle of Wight College, 613.1.

On the Island, 79.2 per cent of students achieved three or more A-Levels or equivalent, compared to a national average of 82.1 per cent.

At Cowes and Medina, the figure was 86 per cent closely followed by Sandown with 85 per cent, and Carisbrooke and Ryde High with 78 per cent.

The figure was 99 per cent at Ryde School and 72 per cent at the Isle of Wight College.

All Island state schools have since been taken over by academies and trusts in the new two-tier education system.

* For a full round-up of figures on individual schools visit the Department for Education website and click on school performance tables 2011.



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