School GCSE Results Even Better Than 2011

The Five Islands School

Pupils at the Five Islands School picked up their GCSE results yesterday. And the schools’ 22 students have done better than in 2011.

This in contrast with the national picture, which has seen results fall for the first time in 24 years.

Using the standard benchmark, of five A star to C grades including English and Maths, 86% of the year 11 pupils passed.

Chairman of governors, Ben Julian, was at the school yesterday when the pupils opened their grades, and he said there were some very happy faces there.

Ben says there has been a gradual increase in results over the past three years with 68% of pupils getting the top grades in 2011 and 63% in 2010.

This is the period that controversial former head teacher Bryce Wilby was in charge of the school.

Ben says there has been upheaval at the school with the move to the new site but the grades haven’t been adversely affected by it and he thinks the new environment might have even helped.

Most pupils will be leaving in September to continue their education on the mainland with no post-16 education institutions on the islands.


9 Responses to School GCSE Results Even Better Than 2011

  1. Stuart August 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Typo correction that should read 80/210

  2. Stuart August 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I think the latest revelation proves that the school is a political issue

    As to the result, yes they are ok but again staff ratio of 80/120.
    With almost 1 member of staff for every 3 pupils the results should have been outstanding

  3. Pepper August 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’m so sorry, but this whole thing is so disrespectful. Well done to the CHILDREN, who achieved this, you all did so well. I’m sure teachers are to thank, but for goodness sake stop being so political for once and congratulate the ones who matter!

  4. Stuart August 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Seeing as the class sizes are so small this still means that a significant proportion of children are not getting a decent grade which is very disappointing when you consider the staff to pupil ratio, which is approx 80/210 or 2.5 staff for every pupil.
    Every child should leave this school having reached their full potential.

    • Phil August 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Stuart you seem to have a pathological dislike for the school. Yes it’s possible that some students underperform and that some will do better than anticipated, but to complain about these outstanding results is churlish and disrespectful to the hard work they and their teachers put in. I don’t know if you are employed or not, but if so, do you work for a company that returns some of the best results in the country in its category? If you do, do you complain to your bosses that they and, by default, you are not good enough?

      • Pepper August 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

        Well said, Phil. In fact, I agree with most of your comments on here.

  5. Truan August 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    You’ve left out the fact that the pass rate for 2008 was 70% and 2009 was 80%.

    • Ian, Truro August 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      So, are you saying that pass grades fell due to the appointment of Bryce?
      Can you tellme the class sizes for each year 11 group from 2008 until present?

  6. Ian, Truro August 24, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Congratulations to Bryce Wilby, and thanks.