Ryde Academy student Kieran Sanderson was among the Isle of Wight students to collect his A-Level results. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
STUDENTS across the Isle of Wight have received their A-Level grades today (Thursday), and provisional figures have shown an overall improvement on last year, according to the Isle of Wight council.
A full breakdown of individual school results is not expected until Monday, but across the Island there were reports of good news for students.
During the academic year, 744 post 16 students studied A-level or equivalent qualifications and provisional results have indicated 97 per cent achieved two A* to E passes at A-Level, or the vocational equivalent, a four per cent improvement on 2012.
A council spokesman said limited national figures were available for 2013, but the Isle of Wight results compared favourably with the national picture in 2012 where 93 per cent achieved against the same measure.
Results also showed 17 per cent of A-level passes on the Island were at A* or A.
Sandown Bay Academy celebrated its best-ever results with indications that in key areas it was above national averages, as the lower school works its way out of special measures.
Principal Shaheen Khan-Jones said: "About one third of the cohort has achieved places at prestigious Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge."
Meanwhile, Karen Begley, principal of the Island Innovation Sixth Form Campus, Newport, said: "I am very proud. We have achieved phenomenal results and there are some excellent individual results for students."
Commenting, Cllr Richard Priest, cabinet member for children’s services for the Isle of Wight Council said: "I would like to congratulate all post-16 students on their achievement. Provisional results suggest that we can celebrate a good year for post-16 outcomes on the Island.
"Whilst A Levels remain a 'gold standard’ for 18 year olds in terms of academic achievement, the importance of vocational examinations should not be overlooked and the vocational achievements of students should be celebrated in equal measure.
"This is especially relevant as more students are seeking entry to careers at the age of 18 rather than automatically heading to university.
Peter Thompson, assistant principal of the Isle of Wight College, said he was "absolutely thrilled" at results.
He said: "One year’s success is good but to do it again in our second year is terrific."
Cowes Enterprise College interim executive principal Christine Hardman said: "We have a really good set of results. Everything is now coming together in what has been a challenging year."
Ryde Academy’s head of sixth form Nigel Davie said the school was proud of its students and their achievements.
Dr Nicholas England, the headmaster of Ryde School, said: "We have bucked the national trend by improving on our already excellent results at the higher end of the grades."
Two students took A-Levels at Whippingham’s Priory School — one achieving a place at Warwick University.
The Isle of Wight Council participation team is offering results support and can be contacted at 29 High Street, Newport, P030 1SS or on (01983) 525927.
A 'drop-in’ service is available from Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 12.30pm then 1pm to 4.30pm and Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm then 1pm to 4pm.
Those not returning to full-time education or training can also receive advice. The service can make referrals to a wide range of training providers, employers and other agencies.