Cowes students reach new heights

Cowes students reach new heights Students and staff at Cowes Enterprise College, an Ormiston Academy, are celebrating after year 11s achieved a strong set of GCSE results, including the best progress from starting points of any year group in the history of the predecessor school and the Academy.

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The cohort - who started at the Academy below the expected level of attainment for their age – have done extremely well to achieve broadly in line with last year’s national average. Individual high achievers include:

  • Isobel Clarke 8A* and an A grade
  • Bethany Elliott 5A* and 6 A grades
  • Michael Magier 5A*, 5A and one B grade
  • Tabitha Fifield 8A*, 2A and a C
  • Lowenna White 3A*, 6A and 2 B grades
  • Maddison Holbrook 3A*, 6A, 1B and 1C grade
  • Etienne Tracey 2A*, 5A and 3B grades

Many other students have overcome significant personal challenges including bereavement, serious illness and family break-up and still produced excellent results. None of these students were willing to identify themselves at this stage, but their teachers and peers will know just how hard they have worked and how much they have overcome to do as well as they have.

Speaking about the students’ achievement in Cowes, Principal John Peckham, said:

“I couldn’t be more proud of the students and staff today. This particular year group were affected by school reorganisation when they were in primary and middle schools before becoming the first Year 7 in what was at the time, a challenging school. These achievements are testament to the hard work that everyone has put in at Cowes Enterprise College and demonstrate that all Island young people need is stable and effective leadership, good support and good teaching and then they can easily perform as well as anywhere in the country."

"Education in the Isle of Wight has been in the press for all of the wrong reasons in the last few weeks. Today we are proud to showcase what is being achieved on the island and demonstrate the positive progress that is being made to raise aspirations for all of our students.”

Professor Toby Salt, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust said:

"It is our absolute priority to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background, and we are delighted to see a further rise in GCSE results at Cowes Enterprise College, an Ormiston Academy. We are proud of what is being achieved on the Isle of Wight. “Students, staff and parents deserve great credit for these results which reflect their commitment and determination to succeed and we look forward to building on these achievements year after year."