The achievement of young people in secondary school is much more than their examination results. With the help of parents and families, we hope above all to help the children who join us to leave as well adjusted and confident young adults.

Academic success is an important part of this. We are pleased to have seen recent improvements in our examination outcomes, although we are honest about where we need to improve as an academy and we are working hard to ensure outcomes continue to get even better.The charts on the following page give a summary of our recent examination results. We also have further information on subject performance for those who would like a bit more detail.

  • Achievement at GCSE is consistently above the Isle of Wight average.
  • Most students do at least as well at Cowes as students of similar ability elsewhere in the country.
  • Our focus is not just on achieving a ‘C’ grade at GCSE – many students gain top grades and we also challenge the least able to gain the best grades possible.
  • The progress that students make across 8 subjects continues to improve. This will be the new performance measure for schools in the future.
  • The performance of students in the sixth form has improved consistently over the last four years. The proportion of students gaining top grades at A-level is one of the highest in the area.
  • With the guidance and support of our experienced team of sixth form tutors, in 2015 all of the students who wanted to go to university gained places, with most going to their first choice institution.

We set ambitious targets for all our students and we have recently introduced new, more rigorous tracking systems so we can spot when students fall behind and intervene to support them, as well as provide parents with good quality information about progress. This includes the use of online systems for communication; all homework is listed online and parents evening appointments are booked via our online system. We are committed to our focus on teaching and learning so that teachers have a wide range of strategies to help students make good progress in each lesson every day.

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