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Provisional GCSE results 2007 23 August 2007

ALMOST 900 students were entered for GCSEs and equivalent qualifications in the Island’s five secondary schools in 2007, in 43 separate examination titles. The total number of full GCSE (or equivalent) entries was in excess of 8,000 with a further 900 entries for short course GCSEs.

On average each pupil was entered for over 9.4 GCSEs. Provisional analysis shows a strong set of results, though not a record year:

• The A*-G pass rate was 98.1% (the highest figure for four years).

• Almost 5,200 passes (including short courses) were at the higher grades A*-C (58.0%).

• A total of 1,165 entries produced A or A* grades (13.1%).

• The average number of over 9.4 GCSE entries per pupil was the highest ever.

Some of the most interesting features of this year’s results included the equivalent to 120 GCSE A*-C passes in BTEC Engineering and Construction courses as well as in Health and Social Care. These reflect just some of the applied and vocational courses undertaken by secondary pupils attending for up to one day per week at the Isle of Man College throughout Years 10 and 11.

Courses of this nature, delivered through growing collaboration between the schools and the College, are building the Island’s capacity to introduce the new Diploma system that is currently under development. Six pupils sat GCSE in Manx in 2007 – the largest number in any one year.

The Manx results were excellent with a 100% pass rate at grades A*-C and an 83% pass rate at A*-A grades. Manx is delivered in the secondary schools by the small team of peripatetic teachers in the Manx Language Unit. Overall, the 2007 results in the Isle of Man reflect a high level of achievement and a consolidation of some of the records achieved in recent years. Of the 1,165 GCSEs awarded at grades A* and A, a number of very able young people achieved the outstanding result of A* or A grades in every 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 relates solely to 16 year olds on roll in the Island’s five secondary schools.

Education Minister Anne Craine MHK said:

‘I am delighted that the Island’s young people and schools have again been so successful. As with last week’s excellent A level results, educational success only comes as a result of a great deal of hard work both by the students themselves and by all those who work in schools. I would like, once again, to congratulate the Island’s young people on their success and encourage them to further develop their skills and achievements in the years ahead. We are constantly aware that the Island needs a workforce of the highest quality and these qualifications are an excellent foundation on which students can build.’

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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