Five Islands School Recognised For GCSE Results

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School has been recognised as being one of the best in the country for their GCSE results.

They’ve been placed in the top fifth of all schools for their overall GCSE grades, as well as the progress made by pupils between national tests at age 11 and the time they take the exams at 16.

The data were compiled by independent consultancy firm, SSAT.

Sue Williamson from the organisation said the school should be congratulated for their stunning results, which are due to the hard work of the students, teachers and the leadership team.

She added that there’s plenty that other schools could learn from their success.



4 Responses to Five Islands School Recognised For GCSE Results

  1. Nobby Nobbs June 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I have to disagree with this good news piece, statistics don’t mean a dam thing.
    When we have class sizes of 12-15 pupils, why are 3-4 of them getting D’s, E’s & in some cases F’s.
    In class sizes this small, everyone should be excelling.
    Which leads me to another personal grip of mine (which contradicts my above statement), Why do we have this obsession with exam results?. In society we need people of all levels of skill and ability. from doctors to dustmen, from builders to barristers. everyone regardless of what they do contributes to society as a whole. This obsession with academic achievement is misplaced. I’ve watch a nurse hold the hand of a dying person and provide care and compassion in their final moments on Earth, but this nurse left school with few qualifications because she was not academic, but then being kind and compassionate is something you are, not what you learn in books.
    I also knew this kid at school who was as think as a plank, but give him an internal combustion engine to take apart and rebuild and he excelled, but again he had zero qualifications, but this is more a failing on the current educational ethos of the present government than it is individual schools.

    But I digress…
    Our school failed my kids rather badly I’m afraid and you can all moan about it as much as you like, but its the truth of the matter. And if you do judge the worth of a school by its exam results, ask your self this question… “when was the last time our school produced a doctor or an engineer?

    • Edward Jolly June 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

      One would question whether the school failed your kids at all. Perhaps you, as a parent, did not encourage them enough to study and work torwards a bright future with all of your negative, derogatory comments!

      I can name many students from this school whom have gone on to lead a successful life, from engineers to lawyers, from business owners to managers. Even if an ex-student attained fantastic grades, some just wanted to go straight into work and others found it hard after college/university to find work in their chosen field, sometimes it all boils down to pure luck and timing when finding the perfect career. That’s not to say our school failed these students because they are now in a menial job, it’s just the harsh nature of life!

      So well done to all of those students who took their GCSE’s, and the teachers, and good luck for the future!

      • Nobby Nobbs June 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        I wondered how long it would be before someone questioned my parenting skills, very predictable.
        I’m not negative, I’m realistic.
        Again class sizes this small should not be failing some students

  2. Martin Webster June 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Well done to all the students and staff. Given the turbulance they have endured this is a remarkable achievement.