Latest GCSE league tables published

By Richard Wright

Friday, January 25, 2013



LEAGUE tables released today (Thursday) show how individual Isle of Wight schools performed at the GCSE level.

In 2011, 49.1 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A*to C GCSEs or equivalent, including English and maths, which was an improvement on the previous year. The national average then stood at 58.9 per cent

But, in 2012, the Island figure dipped to 44.5 per cent while the national figure climbed to 59.4 per cent.

Of the Island’s state schools, Christ the King College headed the league table with 76 per cent of its 172 pupils at Key Stage 4 achieving five or more A* to C equivalents including English and maths at GCSE.

Fortunes at most of the other Island state schools showed significant change.

Cowes Enterprise College achieved 52 per cent (48 per cent in 2011), Ryde Academy 51 per cent (41 per cent), Sandown Bay Academy 40 per cent (50 per cent), Medina College 37 per cent (52 per cent), Carisbrooke College 36 per cent (51 per cent).

Both Carisbrooke and Medina are run by the Island Innovation Trust, which was established as part of two-tier education reform.

At the private Ryde School, the figure was 95 per cent (88 per cent).

*Priory School's figures appear in the government statistics as 30 per cent, however, the school has said that is incorrect.

Only four pupils took GCSEs at the school, not ten as the government table state, and 75 per cent of those achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including maths and English.

Principal Edmund Matyjaszek said it would have been 100 per cent but one pupil only achieved a D grade in one subject.

He said the government statistical basemark was for ten pupils and that was why the error had probably occurred.

See how the schools performed in the table below:

School Number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 Percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C or equivalents including A*-C in both English and mathematics GCSEs - 2012 Percentage of Key Stage 4 pupils with entries in all English Baccalaureate subject areas Average points score per GCSE entry per pupil (excluding equivalents)
Carisbrooke College 296 36% 4% 33.2
Christ The King College 172 76% 17% 40.9
Cowes Enterprise College 190 52% 10% 38.1
Medina College 309 37% 11% 36.6
Ryde Academy 164 51% 10% 33.4
Ryde School with Upper Chine 85 95% 65% 48.6
Sandown Bay Academy 406 40% 10% 34.8
St Catherine's School 9 - - -
St George's School 29 - - -


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by Jake Gully

25th January 2013, at 09:25:09

Dissapointingly it does show that if you can afford £9K a year, you should send your child to Ryde School - If you can't afford it then discover or feign religion and fight to get your child in to CTK.

Otherwise Cowes Enterprise was the best of our other secondary schools, at least until spring 2012. It's fair to say that CTK probably draws the cream of the crop, or at least the most motivated parents. Demographic's within catchments will also seriously skew the results and real rankings.

The truth is that none of the results are good enough and Schools Reorganisation coupled with a running down of the LEA have been major factors.

The upcomming Ofsted inspections at Ryde, Sandwon, Medina and Carisbrooke are likely to be every bit as bad as the recent CEC report. Should these heads resign as well? Perhaps in some cases, though the disruption, costs and loss of continuity should be carefully considered.

But to fix the system and improve the results a wider review

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by Major Blunder

24th January 2013, at 22:13:30

Dear Mr Young & Mr Bennett, thank you for your support. My comments were not offensive and much as everyone else a general personal opinion. With all due respect to the CP and yourselves just because your names sound 'normal' it doesn't mean they're real.

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by Jonathan Young

24th January 2013, at 21:48:42

The Isle of Wight Council's constitution forbids staff members from speaking to the media without the permission of the Council's media department. Therefore any IWC employee giving their real name here would be liable to discipline - if, of course, their comment was unwelcome by the IWC. The County Press took a step forward when it introduced comments on its online stories. It would be a great shame if it now reversed that progress by, in effect, banning council employees from commenting. What is the Editor's explanation?

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by Alan Bennett

24th January 2013, at 20:29:16

I am afraid I agree with Major Blunder. The aim here is to get discussion on the lead story above. As long as the tone is in keeping with basic rules, removing comments made under pseudonyms is undemocratic. Major Blunder and others may be protecting themselves from repercussions from oppressiveness in the workplace. Plus you must then apply this rule to ALL, including like he says, Clover Meadows. Unless you are naive enough to think that is a real name.

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by Alan Bennett

24th January 2013, at 20:23:10

David has maybe hit on the answer below, sneakily become a Grammar type School. Is it something to do with the fact it is a faith School and able to cherry pick students? Could it be that those parents with faith bring their children up to respect others and their Teachers and therefore have a better attitude to learning and feel grateful for having the chance to succeed? Lots to think about here.

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by Major Blunder

24th January 2013, at 18:35:05

I served for 30 years I'll have you know, why doesn't your rule apply to my friend below, Clover Meadows? Come on whose next Teresa Green?

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by Clover Meadows

24th January 2013, at 18:27:24

So the changes to education on the Isle of Wight schools is having a negative effect and the only school to do well, is a smaller school. Facts are facts?

by IWCP Webmaster

24th January 2013, at 17:14:08

Major Blunder, your comments were removed as we ask users to comment under their real names to give proper transparency and make comments accountable. We have emailed you at the address you provided.

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

24th January 2013, at 14:24:06

state school....don't make me laugh, Christs is this councils pet project to the detriment of all others, It has received more money and investment for it to become the flagship for this councils botched re-organisation,,,in reality it just shows the depth of their failure to our children,

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by David Shoulder

24th January 2013, at 13:56:13

Excellent results from Christ the King's. Are they doing something special which the other Island Acadamies need to learn from or have they effectively become a grammar school through the back door?

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