GCSE results: Rossall celebrates as key grades are on the rise

It's been a more testing time for our county's teenagers with major changes to the grading system.

Zainab, is looking forward to joining The Crest Academy sixth form in September having achieved 9 in English Literature and 8 in Maths.

The new grading has taken its toll on results all over the country.

That's a drop of 0.5% and the lowest for a decade.

The Isle of Man data relates exclusively to 16-year-olds who have completed Year 11 in the DEC's five secondary schools.

Therefore, the introduction of more challenging qualifications with a new GCSE scale makes comparisons with previous years more hard and some caution is required.

There's been a lot of confusion over the new system.

More than three-quarters of pupils at Sir Harry Smith Community College passed English.

At the pinnacle of academic performance were Naomi Hughes, Cara Hurst and Saskia Jones, who all achieved a great haul of 9 A* grades and at least 3 A's.

Furthermore the numbered grades are not direct equivalents to the old alphabetical grades.


Head girl Elizabeth Williams achieved an unbelievable two 8's, in maths and English literature, a 7 for English Language 2 A*'s, 4 A's and 2 B's, whilst also carrying out her other duties across the school.

Other high performers were Tea Clark (two 9, seven A*), Sam McLelland (two 9, one 8, 5A*), Kian Hocking (two 9, one 8, five A*) and Ben Holden (one 9, one 8, six A*).

They saw a 63% pass rate across the school- with 75% of passes in maths and 71% in English.

Mayville High School Southsea have expressed their excitement at 95% of their pupils achieving five A* to C grades, including maths and English - 15% up on previous year.

Current Year 9 students will do nearly all their exams under the new system as even more subjects move over, with only a handful of lesser-taught languages still graded A*-G.

Figures show the number of students achieving A* to G grades is down 1.8 percentage points to 96.9% while the number gaining the top A* to A grades has fallen by 1.5% to 17.9%. In fact almost half (49.2%) of our students gained the new Grade 5 or above "strong pass".

Lucy Winstanley was delighted with 12 A*/A grades including grade 9 in maths.

Headteacher David Allsop praised students' hard work for achieving the grades they deserved.

He said: "We've got a record number of pupils now coming into the sixth form".

  • Tracy Klein