Ryde School: Another excellent year for A level results

Another successful year for Ryde School A Level pupils.

Across the Isle of Wight, pupils will today be receiving their A-level results. This in from Ryde School, in their own words. Ed

Ryde School pupils have enjoyed another excellent year of A level results, and bucked the national trend by improving on last year’s results at the higher end of the grades.

StudentsThe pupils achieved the following statistics: 44% of entries were A* or A grades; 74% of entries were A* to B grades; 88% of exams were C grades or above; the pass rate was 99%.

Head boy highest achiever
Our highest achieving pupil was Head Boy Femi Coker with 3 A* grades; then Toby Dawson, Dominic Harley, Jordan Heung, William Rae and Kevin To all achieved 2 A* grades and an A grade; and Abi Abrahams, Emily Ball, Henry Barrington-White, Emily Biggar, Michael Burgoyne, Winfield Chan, Ellen Coquio, Megan Loach, Lydia Morris, Elspeth Shears and Libby Yuan all achieved the equivalent of 3 A grades or better.

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Thursday, 15th August, 2013 10:02am


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  1. Is this a advert? Ryde school is an independent school which charges fees for educating pupils isn’t it?

  2. They don’t mention that last year 91% of entries were A* to C grades and our pass rate was 100%

    So this year saw a fall with 88% of exams were C grades or above and the pass rate was 99%

    • Gallybagger

      15.Aug.2013 1:56pm

      Erm… different people took the exams this year than those who sat last year, might account for the drastic(?) reduction in percentage passing!? You obviously have underlying issues with Ryde?

      • Nope, other than them spinning the stats to disguise a fall in standards, perhaps it is you has the hidden agenda not me.

        • Gallybagger

          15.Aug.2013 3:56pm

          I have no agenda at all, I like to look at the positives. It’s not about spinning stats. The students have done incredibly well and we should congratulate them for all their hard work rather than trying to put a negative ‘spin’ on their achievements. I guess your glass is half empty?

          • I’m criticism was concerned with the results, whereas your’s were concerned with me.

          • Bystander, from an objective position outside of the discussion, it is clear that your critisism was actually because you thought Ryde School had left out information about last years results, even though you were able to find them quite quickly yourself. Gallybagger hasnt critisised at all, only asked if you have issues with Ryde.

            I would much rather see positivity than someone like yourself trying to put a negative spin on things for reasons which are unclear, but I suspect are as simple as you just thought you would like to have a moan.

          • well you’re not outside the discussion now are you? I hadn’t realised moaning was against the T&C but if it is that hasn’t stopped you moaning about me has it?

          • I havnt said you cant have a moan. Ive only said that characterising Gallybaggers comments as critisism is not correct.

          • your opinion not mine.
            Ryde school have treated this like a free advert but they have added it to a blog where comments are invited. I have drawn attention to a lower percentage of passes than last year and the comments which followed were speculation on my reasons for stating such facts. I don’t need to give reasons or justification they are facts.
            Disprove them if you are able, call them a small percentage if you wish but we are told that an even smaller percentage decrease in unemployment is reason for celebration.

          • I took the comments that I was putting a negative spin on Ryde’s achievements and that I obviously have underlying issues with Ryde as criticism of me

  3. watching you

    15.Aug.2013 12:39pm

    I would guess the lack of news from the other schools means the results are nothing to shout about. Could be wrong

  4. woodworker

    15.Aug.2013 3:48pm

    Its the same every year…

    If results are not as good, then theres been a fall in standards.
    If results have improved, the exams are too easy.

    It really is laughable that some people jump to conclusions. Wait for the results to come out, and even then the only reason anyone needs to be interested is if they have taken an exam.

    • Tom Spragg

      15.Aug.2013 3:57pm

      So prospective employers aren’t allowed to be interested? If exam results are only of interest to the people taking them, then what is the point?

      • woodworker

        15.Aug.2013 4:15pm

        prospective employers ask for results and certificates at application. They dont trawl through published results on the offchance they may someday employ one of those students. I honestly have no idea why anyone but the student would be interested in their results on results day. It should be up to the student who they share their results with.

        • Tom Spragg

          15.Aug.2013 4:26pm

          You seem to be basing your argument on individual’s results. I am more concerned with collective results, whether by school or by year.

          • woodworker

            15.Aug.2013 4:46pm

            Why? What possible bearing can collective results have on anything, other than to allow people to claim that results are slipping or exams are getting easier.

            Individual results are more important. They matter. They actually affect peoples lives, and are not just statistics for people to use as a stick to beat the education system with.

          • Collective results for a school or college represent the success or otherwise of that college in that year. The trend can be either up to down. people will use that trend to decide whther or not to send their children to that school or college.

            Further they are a measure of the quality of teaching in that year: similarly that trend can go up or down. Similarly, students will use that trend to decide in which subjects they should invest their time based on the chance of exam success that itself is based on the quality of teaching.

            At this time of the year when both kinds of decisions are being made for the next one or two years, the collective results are a form of positive or negative marketing.

            So good results are published quickly: poor results are hidden as long as possible.

          • woodworker

            15.Aug.2013 5:40pm

            results are a measure of how well a student did in an exam. and thats it. they could have had the best teaching known to man at the best school in the world and still fail. Collective results are unfortunately used for all those things you mention – but they shouldnt be. The best gauge of which school to send your child to is to go and look round it. The best measure of the quality of teaching is, unfortunately, Ofsted, because they have sat in the classrooms and seen the teaching.

            Results have gone out to the students. When schools choose to publish results is up to them, and has very little to do with the actual results.

          • Ofsted inspectors are there for a few hours. Staff and management have prepared for those few hours.

            The only way to measure academic success in teaching is by exam results. These can vary year-on-year depending on the quality of students presenting themselves that year.

            That is why the trend of collective results is important.

  5. retiredhack

    15.Aug.2013 7:42pm

    We already know that the island’s education system isn’t fit for purpose. We know this because help has had to be sought from Hampshire. What we’d now like to know is what progress, if any, can be demonstrated in the latest exam statistics. I think that’s an entirely justifiable interest, even an urgent one.

    Sadly, the limited stats we’ve so far been offered throw very little light on this. The proportion of candidates gaining A* to E passes has risen, and risen by more than nationally. This is good, but it’s not the most important statistic. The closer any statistic gets to 100%, the less meaningful it is; the more it equates to “nearly everyone”.

    In previous years we’ve been supplied with percentages of pupils gaining each grade, from A* to E. This year we know that nationally, numbers gaining the higher grades are down on last year. Fot the island, we may get those figures on Monday. I hope we do, because if we don’t, the factual vaccuum will leave room for spin, which, like others here, I don’t want. It would also reflect unfavourably, in my view, on the new IWC administration’s commitment to transparency. And it would suggest that those responsible for the mess our schools are in are still trying to hide behind the kids.

    • woodworker

      16.Aug.2013 10:23pm

      not fit for purpose? yet the A*-E pass rate was 97%…

      The councils childrens services was found wanting, yet is already improving. The schools themselves have various issues brought about by a re-organisation that shouuld never have happened – yet they are improving constantly.

      I think many people, myself included, are sick to death of hearing people say that things are not fit for purpose. If you think you can do a better job, then get yourself elected and do it. The media is always happy to carp from the sidelines… stop commentating on the process and become part of it.

      • @WW “not fit for purpose? yet the A*-E pass rate was 97%”

        More importantly
        * for tertiary education- what was the A*-C pass rate?

        * for measuring teaching effectiveness- what was the U percentage?

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