Councillor praises students for GCSE results
The Council's Lead Member for Children has praised the islands' students for their outstanding GCSE results.
Cllr Joel Williams said at Tuesday's (September 11th) Full Council meeting that the results achieved by Five Islands School pupils were "extremely impressive".
"Something like 86% of the cohort, which is 24 students, achieved Grade 5 or above," he said. "One student achieved the equivalent of nine Grade A* and is one of only 772 people nationally to get into that sort of bracket.
The GCSE qualifications system changed from A* - G to 9 - 1 last year. Grade 5 represents a "strong pass", the equivalent to a high C or low B in the previous system.
Cllr Williams went on: "Getting an A* is obviously a great achievement, but sometimes getting from an E to a D can be just as impressive. Progress scores were equally as impressive. The school report combined outcomes outstrip any school in Cornwall and also many local independent schools.
"As a Council I think we should pass on our congratulations to the students, teachers and leaders of the school for the work that has been achieved."
He added: "Results at other key stages are also encouraging, either meeting or exceeding national expectations. Pleasingly, there has been progress at Key Stage 2 which has been an area of concern for many years, although by the leadership team's own admission there is still a huge amount to be done in this particular area. But the trajectory is good and the general impression of progress is also good."
Head of School Jo Yeates was thrilled with the GCSE results, writing in the school's latest newsletter: "We start the year with possibly the best Year 11 grades ever! These talented and hardworking students achieved incredible grades across all their subjects. This was a year group that performed well at the end of Year 6 so our expectations were high, but they've blown us away with the number of top grades (over half of the grades awarded were the top grades of 7, 8 or 9) and the amount of progress made by so many students. We are proud of each and every one of them."