Friday, 16 August 2013

Exam passes - best in 10 years

Senior pupils at local secondary schools have recorded the best exam results in the period covering the past ten years.

As pupils received their marks last Tuesday (August 6), officials from North Ayrshire Council confirmed an initial analysis of the SQA exam results showed 79% of S4 pupils across the district achieved five or more Standard Grades at general level or equivalent: 34% of S4 pupils achieved five or more at credit level or equivalent.

In S5, 40% of those who sat Highers achieved one or more award.  S6 pupils also recorded the best pass rate in the last ten years.

North Ayrshire Council’s SNP Cabinet Member for Education, Attainment and Achievement, Cllr Tony Gurney, said, “This initial overview of results portrays a positive picture of achievement in North Ayrshire’s schools this year.  It is encouraging to see this high level of performance in the SQA examinations, which is testament to the hard work and commitment of both pupils and staff.”

Cllr Gurney, who represents Ardrossan & Arran, said Council officials are “still working hard to analyse all of the results and a full report will be produced in due course, which will both highlight successes and identify any areas where we need to improve.”

The local authority stressed that students and parents can access a range of support and advice in relation to exam results, including from staff at local schools and through Skills Development Scotland’s Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000 (between 9:00am and 5:00pm until Wednesday, August 14).   

Tony Gurney said, “The receipt of exam results can be a stressful time and our focus now is to provide all of our pupils with the advice and support they need to move on to the next stage in their education or chosen career.

“As well as staff being on-hand in our schools to provide assistance, every S4 to S6 pupil will be offered the opportunity to speak one-to-one with their guidance teacher when they return to school later this month.

“The Skills Development Scotland helpline also provides a fantastic information source on the options available to young people and I would encourage anyone who needs that extra support to get in touch.”

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