THE number of top grades awarded to Isle of Wight A Level students rose this year.
Results showed 17 per cent of Island passes were at A* or A — a one per cent improvement on last year. Nationally the figure fell to 26 per cent.
Early provisional figures showed 98 per cent of students achieved two A* to E passes, or their vocational equivalent — a seven per cent improvement on last year.
The Isle of Wight Council said this compared favourably with 2013 when the national figure was 92 per cent.
The overall pass rate (A* to E) was maintained at 97 per cent compared to 98 per cent nationally, which was slightly down.
Cllr Richard Priest, executive member for children’s services, said: "The qualifications achieved today in both academic and vocational subjects will support more young people to take the next step in their careers whether that is to progress to university or into employment, including the increasing number of apprenticeships available on the Island that are so valued by employers.
"This summer’s results are a reflection of the hard work of students and the work of those providing education and training to the post-16 sector. I also wish to acknowledge the support students are given by the teaching and support staff, as well as the students’ parents and carers."
SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS.
Support for students is on offer from the Isle of Wight Council’s participation team offers independent and impartial support to all young people during the exam results period.
The team is based at 29 High Street, Newport and can be contacted on (01983) 525927.
A drop-in service is available on Monday to Thursday, from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 4pm and on Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 4pm.
Advisors will be able to give advice about further and higher education, training and employment opportunities.
"If students are not returning to full-time education or training, a dedicated adviser can work with them and can then be contacted directly either by phone, email or by visiting the centre.
"The service can also make referrals to a wide range of training providers, employers and other agencies," said a spokesman.