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Minister praises staff and pupils for EBacc results


The Government Minister for School Standards has praised Five Islands Academy for its 2018 English Baccalaureate results.

Scilly students were in the top 8% of all state-funded mainstream secondary schools for achievement in the EBacc, which measures performance in five core subjects - English, mathematics, science, a foreign language and history or geography - at GCSE level.

Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP wrote to Head of School Jo Yeates to offer his congratulations to staff and pupils for their high level of entry and achievement in the subjects.

He said that 53 pupils at the Academy - called Five Islands School at the time - entered the EBacc, putting it in the top 26% of all state-funded mainstream secondary schools in the country. 40% achieved grades 9 to 5, putting it in the top 8% for EBacc achievement.

He wrote: "Your school's EBacc entry and achievement levels mean you are providing pupils with a firm foundation, as well as broadening their horizons and enabling them to embark on further study.

"Thank you again for your work in continuing the drive towards academic standards, and congratulations again to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism."

Jo Yeates said: "We are delighted to have attracted positive attention from the Minister for School Standards, and of course particularly pleased to find ourselves in the top 8 percent of all state-funded mainstream secondary schools.

“As we move at ever-increasing speed towards GCSE and SATS exams for our 2019 cohorts, it is heartening to know that they are supported by such a fantastic team of staff and parents, with a proven track record of success."

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