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ISLAND TEENS CELEBRATING GCSE SUCCESS

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UPDATED: Teenagers across the Isle of Wight are celebrating success today (Thursday) as they receive their GCSE results.

Envelopes are being opened at secondary schools with a level of anticipation and hesitation. But the initial feedback seems to suggest a positive result for many – Cowes Enterprise College are reporting their ‘best ever’ results.

The majority of subjects have now moved to the new 9-1 grading system under GCSE reforms. Previously, exams were graded A* to E.

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Students at Christ the King College have, once again, achieved impressive GCSE results this year. 11 students have achieved top grades in 6 or more subjects. Amongst these are Jude Williams who achieved 6 grade 9s and Joseph Barnes who achieved 9 grade 9s.

Interim Executive Principal, Matthew Quinn, said:

“All our students deserve significant praise and congratulations on their outstanding performance this year. Their tenacity has paid dividends; the results are a tribute to their commitment and hard work”.

There is much celebration at Medina College also, although specific grades have not been mentioned.

Miss Begley, Head of School said:

“We are very proud of the achievements of our students with their GCSE results this year. We are particularly pleased with the continued improvements in the core subjects. There were some excellent individual results with students achieving the highest levels in Mathematics, and English. These results reflect the hard work of both our students and staff over the last academic year”.

Over in Sandown, the headteacher of Sandown Bay Academy, Richard Kelly, has said:

“18 of the 24 subjects studied have seen improvements on last year with the others remaining the same.

“Students and staff have worked extremely hard over the last 12 months, particularly with the uncertainty which existed. Praise should be given to them for their resilience and hard work.

“The measure which is now looked at by national bodies for progress in students top 8 subjects has risen significantly up 0.4 on last year which equates to nearly half a grade for each subject. This measure is significant compared with where we have been.

“Well done to all students and staff and the future at the school to be named The Bay School from September looks much brighter.”

Jared Newham / Photo: Suzanne Whitewood

UPDATE @ 14:01 – Several students at Carisbrooke College have achieved outstanding GCSE results enabling them to move on to the next step of their careers, report Alan and Suzanne Whitewood.

A new grading system has been introduced replacing the A*- E grades which have been in place for a number of years. In the old system A*- C grades were considered exceptional to good passes. Now a numbered system is in place with 9 the equivalent of A*.

Jared Newnham gained 5x 9 passes 3x 7 passes and 1x 4 pass. His grade 9 passes were in the science subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology as well as English. Jared will be now be continuing his studies at Brockenhurst College before going on the university where he plans to study Physics.

Jamie Marillier plans to go to the Innovations Sixth Form in Newport in September to continue his studies after gaining 7x 9 and 2x 8 grades across his chosen subjects.

2 other students planning to attend the Innovations Sixth Form are Sofie Ager and Gina Webb. Both said they are looking forward to achieving good A level grades over the next 2 years and plan to go to university. Sofie gained 2x 9, 1x 8 and 3x ,7 whilst Gina’s results were 2x 8, 1x 7, 2x 5 and 2x 4.

A BAE Systems apprenticeship is the next move for Mark Taylor after achieving 1x 8, 2x 7,2x 6 and 2x 5 grades.

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