Five Islands Academy on the Isles of Scilly has had yet another really successful year and an exceptional set of GCSE results.
The Class of 2021, made up of 14 students this year, averaged 86% grade 4-9 in English and Maths, showing an improvement on last year’s results. Students did particularly well in History, Art, Music and Design & Technology, with 100% of students achieving grades 4-9 in all of these subjects.
Headteacher Rachel Gibb said ‘We are so proud of everything our students have achieved this year. They missed a significant amount of face-to-face teaching in Year 10 due to the first national lockdown, but their resilience and determination shone through. Every single one of them was able to attend school during the lockdown in January 2021, and this, as well as the hard work they have put into their studies, has paid off’.
Mrs Gibb added, ‘I would like to thank and pay tribute to my colleagues, all of whom adapted their teaching and assessment practices to support our students in the best way possible. The staff at FIA have worked tirelessly to help our students secure their future ambitions - every single student will go on to study the course of their choice at the establishment of their choice. What a remarkable outcome!’
Students from Five Islands Academy have to transfer to mainland schools and colleges for their post-16 education. This cohort will be studying a range of subjects, from marine biology, marine engineering, IT, animal care and management, games design, marine conservation, equine studies, exercise and sports and surveying to A levels such as Music, Psychology, History, Philosophy and Ethics, Drama, Art, Photography, Geography, Biology, Physics, PE and Music Technology. The curriculum at Five Islands Academy has remained broad, enabling students to go on to study a wide range of subjects, and the school is exceptionally proud that this remains the case. Mrs Gibb added ‘ We want our students to have every opportunity to do at least as well as, if not better than, their peers on the mainland so that they are set up for a productive and fulfilling future.’
The staff and governors of Five Islands Academy would like to pass on their sincere congratulations to this cohort of students, and especially to Sophie Bloor, Fraser Clark, Shea Morel and Ben Kershaw who performed particularly well. Ben will study A levels next year at the prestigious Cornwall School of Maths and Science and Fraser Clark will take A levels at Sherborne School in Dorset. Congratulations too to Libby Shave for being awarded a Music scholarship at Truro School.