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Provisional Sixth Form Examination Results, 2007 16 August 2007

Students in the Island’s secondary schools have achieved a record number of A and B grades at GCE A level. The Isle of Man’s provisional A level results for schools show that over 500 entries were passed at the top two grades.

In the five secondary schools, a record 330 Year 13 students sat A and AS level examinations, in 37 subjects. Students were entered for a total of 1380 A and AS levels.

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

• The breadth of subjects available ranged from Physics and Chemistry to Psychology and Classical Civilisation.

• The number of entries per student was almost 3.9 subjects.

• The number of A level passes at grades A and B, 516 out of 1186 A level entries (43.5%), was a record for the Island’s schools.

• Using the UCAS tariff system (120 points for grade A, 100 for B, 80 for C, 60 for D, 40 for E) the average points score per A level entry was 81.8, the second highest on record.

• The Island’s A level pass rate was 96.1%, the third highest ever achieved.

In each of the schools there have been some outstanding results achieved by individual students. A number of students have obtained 3 grade A passes, which is a considerable achievement, and some students have exceeded this with 4 or 5 grade A passes. Early feedback from the schools suggests that most students have been 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.

It should be noted that these results for the Isle of Man are not directly comparable with the results that will be published in the UK. The initial UK results relate to all entrants and include mature students and students in colleges and independent schools 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 levels. Given this context the Island’s results are very pleasing indeed.

Minister for Education, Anne Craine said:

“I would like to congratulate the Island’s sixth form students. They have stayed on in education and have had to work extremely hard to achieve these results. It is an exciting time for them and, whether they are taking up university and college places or entering the world of work, I would like to wish them every success in the future. Excellent results like these reflect a great deal of hard work by our schools as well as students and signify many of the strengths in our education system. Education is not about pass rates, but it is about young people achieving their potential. I am delighted that our schools continue to serve our young people so well and would like to extend my congratulations to all those who work in, and with, our schools in recognition of their dedication and professionalism.”

Media contact: Paul Craine, Co-ordinating Adviser 11-19 Education Tel. 685353

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