School Performance Continues To Increase

The Five Islands School

Pupils and teachers at Scilly’s Five Islands School have been praised for continuing to exceed government performance targets.

Children are tested at so called ‘key stages’, depending on their age.

The students’ attainment at key stage 2 in Maths and English was particularly impressive, rising from 76% in 2009/10 to 91% last year. The national minimum target in these subjects is set at 60%.

At KS4, where pupils take their GCSEs, 96% of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades against a national minimum of 35%.

However Cllr Amanda Martin felt one area of weakness was in Modern Foreign Languages.

She praised the progress that has been made in the number of students obtaining a GCSE in a language; 68% last year, up from only 18% in 2010. But she said there was still further progress to be made and, in her time at the school, Scilly had been a centre of excellence for languages.

Performance Manager, Keith Grossett, said languages had, “fallen off the radar” with the management team, but expected that situation to improve as pupils took up the new option of the English Baccalaureate exam.

The results suggest that the reported low morale and unrest among staff in the period leading up to the former head teacher’s suspension in May has had little effect on educational standards at the school.