League tables show GCSE improvements

By Ross Findon

Thursday, January 23, 2014


SCHOOL league tables released today (Thursday) have confirmed improvements in GCSE results on the Isle of Wight.

Department for Education figures showed 48.7% of 16 year olds achieved five or more A* to C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, compared to 44.5% in 2012.

That was enough to see the Island overtake education authorities in Portsmouth and Blackpool, however it remained fourth from bottom nationally.

The Isle of Wight Council said English results improved, with 59% achieving an A* to C grade compared to 53% in 2012, while mathematics performance was up from 61% to 63% achieving an A* to C grade.

Many students also studied for a range of other qualifications including diplomas, BTECs and national vocational qualifications, the council said.

All Isle of Wight secondary schools exceeded the government’s minimum standard — known as a 'floor standard' — of 40% of students achieving five A* to C GCSEs, including English and mathematics.

The number of students reaching that standard at Medina College leapt by 10%, to 47%, at Sandown Bay Academy it rose by 7%, to 47%, Carisbrooke College saw an 8% rise to 44% while at Cowes Enterprise College it rose by 1% to 53%.

The all schools (including private) figure for England was 59.2%.

Top performing state school, Christ the King College, saw its figure drop from 76% to 63%, however headteacher Pat Goodhead said a better representation of school performance was the proportion of children making expected progress across a range of subjects, including English and mathematics.

"The important point is that on progress measures Christ the King did at least as well, on every indicator, as the previous year," she said.

Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for children’s services Cllr Richard Priest said: "Those who sat GCSE exams last year are now firmly established in the next phase of their education and they will be reaping the rewards of 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 are working closely with all schools to help them to continue to improve.

"Plans are now in place and we are strongly committed to improvement and working with our strategic partner Hampshire County Council to implement the action plan.

"With a new administration and the expertise of Hampshire, we are already starting to turn things around and drive up educational standards to ensure our schools provide high quality teaching and enable our children to do well."

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Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk


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by Wendy Varley

24th January 2014, at 14:06:09

I get the cynicism in Simon's comment: a rise of three places in the rankings might not look like much of an improvement. But there's a massive amount of work being done in the schools to ensure the island continues in the right direction. My son started at secondary school this year and I've seen it for myself. Let's encourage these green shoots of recovery.

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by louise roe

23rd January 2014, at 19:05:07

Well done David Shoulder for flagging up the lack of CP positivity regarding Ryde Academy. Any increase (however small) should be recognised as a credit to the staff and pupils.

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 18:32:25

I agree, the fact here is to look at the positive and see the IOW is going in the right direction. I hope it continues and well done to everyone and teachers and all staff on the IOW.

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by Simon Blackmore

23rd January 2014, at 17:31:24

Yes, clearly huge congratulations due to everybody associated with the previous administration and the move from a 3 tier to a 2 tier education system on the IOW. Now, today, we can see the true benefit to Island children. No longer are we the worst performing area in England - the Island has rocketed up that league table to 147th best performing education authority out of 150 this year! Now where are those doubting Thomases eh? Trebles all round

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by David Shoulder

23rd January 2014, at 17:08:41

CP Why no mention in the relatively good achievements of Ryde Academy in your article above? The reality of Ryde Academy performance has been much better than commonly perceived and the County Press would do the local community a good service by balanced reporting in relation to Island schools.

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 16:55:47

@ Mike
The changes are working for the education system on the island, why would you want to ban help from people who know more about education than us?

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by Mike Crowe

23rd January 2014, at 16:41:18


How do the readers of this forum feel about Politics being BANNED from Local Council and that those applying to be elected onto the Isle of Wight Council declare that they are politically neutral and that the only interest they have is the good of the Isle of Wight in all aspects?

That as they are only for the good of the Island, they will ACCEPT whatever Downing Street throws at them and will do their best and if NOT elected, will not slag off the present incumbent in Downing Street and will leave party politics OUT?.

I feel I am on to a loser here, but I feel sure that you would ALL love to prove me wrong .................. ;-)


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by roger mazillius

23rd January 2014, at 16:06:09

Absolutely good news and exactly what our administration fought for in changing the Island schools from three to two tier.
It is worth remembering that a large majority of Primary and High schools supported the re-organisation which last year produced the best ever Island GCSE results. Now that the changes are even more embedded, these even better results are surely set to improve further.
As Kevin posted, we couldn't have gone down further (in GCSE) results, and that decades long poor performance was completely behind our drive to re-organise the system.
I do however have to note the self-given praise from the Cabinet Member which I sincerely hope will be proved to be true next year and thereafter but a reminder that these exams were taken just one or two months after the elections in May, meaning the teaching and accompanied performance was more a reflection of the previous 12 months than the last one or two!

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 12:56:30

This is good news that slow but positive improvements have been made regarding the education performance on the IOW. However, the IOW couldn't really go down any further...

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by Mike Brown

23rd January 2014, at 12:45:02

...or could it be that more of the less able students are now attending CTK?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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