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Provisional Sixth Form Examination Results, 2006 18 August 2006

The Isle of Man’s provisional A level results for schools show the highest pass rate ever achieved on the Island and a record proportion of higher grades.

In the five secondary schools, 325 Year 13 students sat A and AS level examinations, as well as AVCEs (Advanced Vocational Certificates in Education), in a record 38 subjects. Students were entered for a total of 1260 A and AS levels.

The provisional results reflect the enormous hard work that has been put in by students and teachers.

  • • The Island’s A level pass rate was 96.7%, the highest ever achieved.
  • • The breadth of subjects available was greater than ever with students entered for European Studies, Film Studies and Italian in addition to more traditional subject titles.
  • • The number of entries per student was higher than last year with students being entered for an average of 3.9 subjects each.
  • • The number of A level passes at grades A and B, at just over 42% of entries, was a record for the Island’s schools.
  • • Using the UCAS points system (120 for grade A, 100 for B, 80 for C, 60 for D, 40 for E) the average points score per A level entry at 81.9, was the highest on record.

The Island’s overall pass rate at A level was 96.7% compared with 96.3% last year. This might appear slightly higher than the pass rate for the UK, but when comparing results it should be borne in mind that the UK results include independent schools, colleges and mature students whereas the Isle of Man data relate solely to 18 year olds in the five secondary schools. The Isle of Man schools also have a higher staying on rate than in England and enter a higher proportion of students for A level. Given this context the Island’s results are very pleasing indeed.

Some outstanding results by individual students have been achieved in each of the schools. Once again a number of students obtained four or five grade A passes at A level. It appears that most students should be successful in securing places at their first choice university which is a useful measure of how well students have done in relation to their own expectations.

Department of Education Spokesman, Paul Craine said: “I would like to congratulate our young people on their individual achievements and to wish them well in the next stage of their education or in their chosen careers. Education is not about pass rates but it is about young people achieving their potential. I am delighted that our schools have served our young people so well and would like to extend my congratulations to our teachers for their dedication and professionalism.”

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