Sandown Bay Academy high achievers Chloe Bird, and Emily Linzmaier, both 16. Picture by Laura Holme.
A HUGE improvement in a key marker for GCSE results was being celebrated at Sandown Bay Academy today (Thursday) .
Forty-seven per cent of pupils provisionally achieved five A* to C grade passes, up from 40 per cent last year. There was a huge improvement in pupils’ performance in English, with 62 per cent of pupils gaining an A* to C grade — a rise of 13 per cent over last year.
The number of pupils gaining an A* to C pass in maths also rose by two per cent to 66 per cent.
Principal Shaheen Khan-Jones, said: "Overall, we have made a seven per cent increase in A* to C including English and maths. It is a huge improvement."
The picture was said to be promising across the Island
Pat Goodhead, principal of Christ the King College, Newport, said: "We have a significant number of students with all top grades and numbers staying for the sixth-form have increased dramatically."
Peter Shaw, headteacher of Carisbrooke College, said: "I am really pleased because we’re beginning to improve.
"When you’re in special measures it’s a lot like turning round an oil tanker — it takes a while. I have got to be really ambitious for the school so until we’re above national average, we’re not where we have to be."
Christine Hardman, interim executive principal of Cowes Enterprise College, was delighted with the individual achievements of students while Richard Wiseman, head of Year 11 at Medina College, said they were incredibly pleased with results.
Vice-principal of Ryde Academy, Deborah Price, said their results reflected the hard work and commitment shown by students and staff.
At Ryde School, 93 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades. Forty seven per cent of entries were A* or A grades and 95 per cent of all entries were above a C grade.
Meanwhile, Ed Matyjaszek, headteacher at Priory School, Whippingham, said: "Three pupils left with 13 GCSEs each and one with 14 GCSEs but the statistic we’re most proud of is that every pupil left with eight or more GCSEs."
• Full coverage of GCSE results in the Friday, August 30, County Press.