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."