We believe that 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, however, still important. Examination results for the Academy have improved steadily over the last few years and are now significantly higher than the Island’s results average. We continue to have high expectations and focus on where we know that we can still do even better.
The charts on the following page give a summary of our recent examination results. We have also included further information on subject performance in 2017 for those who would like this detail.
Achievement at GCSE is significantly above the Isle of Wight average, above the national average and continues to improve year on year.
We set ambitious targets for all our students so that they can achieve their best. We have 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’ consultation 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.
At GCSE, results vary a little year-on-year based on the prior attainment of the students in each year group. What matters most to us is the progress of students from their starting points, in all their subjects. This is now reflected in the key performance measure for schools called Progress 8. This measures the progress that students make from primary school in a ‘basket’ of eight subjects including English, Maths and Science. Progress at Cowes is now above the national average.