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Provisional GCSE Examination Results, 2006 24 August 2006

Almost 920 students were entered for GCSEs and equivalent qualifications in the Island’s five secondary schools in 2006. The total number of entries made was in excess of 9,000 for the first time and in over 40 separate exam titles, as well as in a range of short courses.

Provisional analysis shows a very strong set of results:

The A*-C pass rate was 61.2%, the highest since the record year of 2001. The percentage of passes at A* or A at 16.4% was the highest ever achieved on the Island The A*-G pass rate was 97.8% (up on last year’s figure of 97% but not as high as in 2001).

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

Overall, the 2006 results in the Isle of Man reflect a high level of achievement for the largest year group ever to pass through the Island’s schools. The percentage of passes at higher grades A*-C (61.2%) was the best since 2001 with over 5,500 entries reaching this level.

Over 1470 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 number of A* grades represented 5.1% of the entries and was significantly higher than the previous record of 4.2% in 2001.

The 2006 results include a small number of courses that school students have undertaken at the Isle of Man College as part of the growing programme of collaboration between the schools and the College. This is intended to broaden the vocational opportunities available to students whilst still at school and will be a growing feature of the Island’s exam results over the next few years.

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 on roll in the Island’s five secondary schools.

Minister for Education, Hon David Anderson MHK 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 the Island’s young people on their success and encourage them to further develop their skills and achievements in the years ahead. The Island needs a workforce of the highest quality and these qualifications are an excellent foundation on which to build. The Department is particularly pleased by the progress made in securing top A* and A grades as this has sometimes looked modest in previous years and is an area on which the schools have been working.“

The Department of Education is now keen to encourage young people to examine the wide range of options and opportunities open to them. The Schools, the Isle of Man College and the Department of Education’s Careers Office in St George’s Court, Hill Street, Douglas can all offer information and advice.

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