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Provisional GCSE Examination Results, 2005 25 August 2005

    Once again over 860 pupils were entered for GCSEs, GNVQs and equivalent qualifications in the Island’s five secondary schools in 2005. The total number of entries made was in excess of 8,500 in 35 separate GCSE titles, as well as in a range of GCSE short courses.

    Provisional analysis shows a good set of results: The A*-C pass rate was 60%, the highest since the record year of 2001. The percentage of passes at A* or A at 14% was up on last year’s figure. The A*-G pass rate was over 97% (just below last year’s figure of 98%).

    As usual, it is important that these results are not compared with results for all GCSE entries being published in the UK this week.

    Overall, the 2005 results in the Isle of Man reflect a high level of achievement for the year group. The percentage of passes at higher grades A*-C (60.0%) was the best since 2001 with over 4,660 entries reaching this level. Data held within the schools, based on objective testing at the start of the GCSE courses, is likely to show good value-added scores indicating that the year group has performed well in relation to pupils of similar ability in UK schools.

    Over 1100 of the GCSEs awarded were at grades A* and A and a number of very able young people achieved the outstanding result of A* or A grades in every subject. The Department is aware of at least two students who obtained a mark in the top five for a subject.

    These results are not comparable with results released in the UK today. The UK results include all exam entries, indeed students sitting exams in the Isle of Man are included in those results. But also included are grammar schools, independent schools and FE Colleges where some of the candidates may be mature adults sitting just one GCSE. The Isle of Man data relate solely to 16 year olds in the Island’s five secondary schools.

    The Coordinating Adviser for 11-19 Education, Mr Paul Craine, said: “Following last week’s excellent A level results, I am delighted that the Island’s young people and schools have again been so successful. Good GCSE results like these are the outcome of a great deal of hard work both by the students themselves and by the staff of the Island’s schools. I would like to congratulate all our young people on their success and wish them well as they consider their opportunities for further study or in the workplace. We need to be confident that the Island’s young people are performing as well as they can in relation to their own level of ability and, in that respect, this is a very pleasing set of results for the Island’s five secondary schools.”

    25th August 2005

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