THE agonising wait was over for thousands of Isle of Wight students who received their A-level results today (Thursday).
It was the first year of full A-level results for Priory School and the Isle of Wight College, and the first set of results for the new academies and colleges which have taken over the Isle of Wight’s five state high schools — Carisbrooke, Cowes, Medina, Ryde and Sandown.
Some saw a drop in results compared to the schools they replaced last year, though the overall Island A* to C pass rate was not yet available.
Nationally, there was a fall in the proportion of A-levels awarded at A or A* grade for the first time in over two decades.
At the Island Innovation VI campus, run by the Island Innovation Trust and based at the former Nodehill Middle School, Newport, the A* to C pass rate was 67 per cent with an overall pass rate, for A* to E grades, of 98 per cent.
The new campus replaced school sixth forms at the former Medina and Carisbrooke high schools, which last year recorded A* to C pass rates of 77 per cent and 66 per cent respectively.
The A* to C pass rate at the new Sandown Bay Academy, run by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), stood at 67 per cent with an overall pass rate of 92 per cent.
This compared to 73 per cent of students achieving A to C grades at its predecessor, Sandown High, last year.
*Ryde Academy, which AET also run, achieved an A2 A* to E pass rate of 100 per cent — a three per cent rise on last year’s Ryde High School figure — and an A* to C pass rate of 70 per cent — an increase of six per cent on last year.
Headteacher Rob Hoddle said: "It's a very good start for Ryde Academy. I am really please and the students seem really happy, which is the main thing."
At Cowes Enterprise College, the overall A* to E pass rate stood at 97 per cent with an A* to C pass rate of 64 per cent.
This compares to 99 per cent and 68 per cent achieved by the former Cowes High School in last year’s exams.
The overall pass rate at Ryde School was 100 per cent with an A* to C pass rate of 91 per cent — a one per cent drop on last year.
At the Isle of Wight College, where 70 students sat exams, the overall pass rate was 98 per cent with 76 per cent of students achieving passes at grades A* to C.
The A* to C pass rate at Priory School, where 16 A-levels in eight subjects were taken by six pupils, was 69 per cent.
Headteacher, Ed Matyjaszek, said: "We only have six A-level students, so one poor result considerably affects our overall mark.
"The figure does not do justice to the school or the students, who have done us proud."
However, the school’s overall pass rate was 94 per cent with two thirds of students gaining an A* or A grade. Half of all A-levels were at A* or A.
Meanwhile, Brockenhurst College maintained its overall pass rate of 99 per cent with more than 50 per of students gaining A*-B grades, and three quarters of all pupils achieving A*-C grades across all subjects.
*It was initially reported that the A* to E pass rate for Ryde Academy was 94 per cent, however this included students' previous AS results.