The Isle of Wight College is delighted to announce a “best ever” performance from its Level 3 and A Level students for 2014/15.  In a record breaking year for the College, students achieved:

177 students progress to University

  • 99% Pass Rate at A Level (A2)
  • 15.5% of students achieved HIGH GRADES (A* and A grades); compared to 14% in public education on the  Island
  • 34.2% achieved grades A*-B compared to 26% in 2013/14; an improvement of 8%
  • 100% achieved two full A Levels; compared to 93% in public education on the  Island
  • 94% achieved 3 A levels; compared to 67% on the Island in 2013/14
  • 177 Level 3 and A Level students will progress to University
  • 15% to prestigious Russell Group Universities
  • Danielle Buckett has won a place to study Law at Oxford following her achieving 4 Grade A, A levels
  • 50% of all Level 3/A level students are progressing to Higher Education and the vast majority of the rest will progress to Employment or an Apprenticeship

Our Students Say

This is an OUTSTANDING rate of student PROGRESSION

  • Students performed better than their predicted grades (based upon GCSE performance);
    • At A2, VALUE ADDED was graded VERY GOOD (better than 60% of UK students)
    • At AS, VALUE ADDED was graded as OUTSTANDING (better than 90% of UK students)
  • At AS, students achieved 4% more HIGH grades than the previous year against a national trend downwards

I am so proud of the students, and the staff who helped them exceed their expectations, to secure for themselves the destination of choice.  Against a backdrop of rising standards this was a performance of the highest calibre.   I am thrilled that so many will progress now to Higher Education and top quality Apprenticeships.   I am proud for them, their parents and carers and the staff who have all worked so hard to achieve this performance

Debbie Lavin, College Principal

Deputy Principal, Lynne Christopher, added:

Much energy and effort is put into ensuring students achieve their target grades, based upon previous GCSE performance, and to see so many students achieving grades higher than predicted is for me, the most gratifying outcome.  The Isle of Wight College has a considerable national reputation for ADDING VALUE to student grades but this year, the performance has exceeded even my hopes and dreams.

Lynne Christopher, Deputy Principal

Catherine Jackson, the College Careers Advisor, was also thrilled:

Student progression to Higher Education has never been better, and year-on-year we are seeing more and more achieving places of choice and places at the very best Universities.

Catherine Jackson, College Careers Advisor

Danielle Buckett (18) from Newport

  • Economics A*
  • English Literature A*
  • Modern History A
  • EPQ A*

Danielle said “I am relieved to get my grades. The Isle of Wight College has helped me to work in an independent way which will definitely help me at university. I am really excited about going to university. I’m going to Oxford University to study Law at Mansfield College“.

Anna Ouston (18) from Ryde

  • English Language B
  • Sociology A
  • Government & Politics A

Previously home educated Anna said “The college staff have been wonderful. I have always been very well supported. I did the Government & Politics in only one year. I’m going to study Politics and Sociology at University of Surrey. I am very happy that I am going to my first choice university.”

Yasmin Karabasic (18) from East Cowes

  • Sociology A*
  • Geography B
  • Psychology B
  • EPQ B

A delighted Yasmin said she is very excited about going to
University of Southampton to study Law. Yasmin said “Its so much more independent at The Isle of Wight College, more business-like. It was the best choice I ever made”.

Chrystal Rankine (19) from Sandown

  • English Language C
  • Film B
  • Media A

When she left school Chrystal joined the Hairdressing course but then realised that she wanted to get into Music Promotion so progressed to study A Levels. She is delighted to be going to study Music Promotion at Solent University in September.

Brandon Ward (18) from East Cowes

  • Business Studies C
  • Film B
  • Media B

Brandon felt coming to IW College was the best progression from school. “I can’t wait to get to university. It’s very exciting. I’m going to University of Western England Bristol” to study Media and Culture.

James Scott (18) from Ryde

  • Geography A
  • Geology A
  • Economics B

James was delighted as he was predicted ABB and got AAB.
“I’m really happy. I like the fact the college develops students to be more mature. I have turned down my place at Exeter University to take up an apprenticeship with BAE in Project Management“.

Sarah Morgan (18) from Cowes

  • Archaeology A
  • Biology B
  • Chemistry B
  • EPQ B

“I wanted a change from school and to be treated like an adult. This was the best thing I ever did. I am so happy I’m going to my first choice university, Durham University to study Archaeology”.

Jessica Russell (18) from Ryde

  • Graphic Design A*
  • Sociology A
  • Chemistry C

Jessica  said she was very pleased to be going to her first choice university – Arts University of Bournemouth to study Graphic Design.


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