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Provisional A-level results for the Isle of Wight show the average grades attained by students have improved on last year.

Post-16 students have received their final results in A-levels, advanced technical and applied qualifications today (Thursday).

On the Island, schools have reported their provisional results to the Isle of Wight Council. These suggest the average grade has increased from a C- to a C, which is in line with last year’s national figure.

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The improvement comes against a backdrop of Island students sitting new, more rigorous A-level exams this year.

The 2018 national average will not be available for several months. The full results will be analysed and published in the autumn term.

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said:

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all our students, teachers and other educational professionals for the hard work and dedication they have shown to secure these outcomes.

“As a council we remain committed and determined to ensuring young people have the best possible opportunity on their educational journey.

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“We encourage any student requiring advice to contact the Island Futures team, which offers independent and impartial support to all young people during the exam results period.”

Christ the King College in Newport are also reporting that the number of top grades compare favourably with the performance last year.

Interim Executive Principal, Matthew Quinn, said:

“I am delighted with this set of results – absolutely brilliant! They are a fitting tribute to the Sixth Form team. The results are a credit to the hard work of students and teachers alike. It is fantastic to see the progress made by many of our students from entry into Year 7 through to Year 13.

“University entrance will be interesting this year, many of the top universities have been unsuccessful in filling high profile courses so I think we will see some movement by applicants over the next few days. Similar to last year a significant number of students have unconditional offers. I would expect to see some bargains in clearing and some of these will be at Russell Group Universities.”

Island Innovation VI Form Campus say it has been another great year for the students and staff. 34 pupils achieved A* or A in one or more of their A Level subjects, 13 of which achieved AAB or better. 17 pupils achieved at least one Distinction* or Distinction in their vocational courses. Over 70 A* or A grades and 38 Distinction* or Distinction grades have been awarded across the centre.

Dave Mumford, Head of the VI Form Campus said he is delighted with some of the individual results that have been achieved:

“We have over 130 students going on from the Island to follow a huge range of university courses including Medicine, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Law, Fashion, accessing the top Russell Group Universities across the country. Congratulations to all students on their achievements and I would like to thank parents and staff for all their support”.

Island Futures supports young people and post-16 providers in continuing to offer a wide range of education and training opportunities and can be contacted on 01983 823888.

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