Senior school-pupils from across North Ayrshire have been celebrating this week after receiving exam results from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
A spokesperson for North Ayrshire Council said early analysis of the results showed that, in almost all areas, “S4 pupils have performed as well or better than in previous years with a significant increase in attainment of National 5 qualifications”.
The performance of S5 and S6 pupils in Higher exams was described as “exceeding previous performances in almost every measurement”, with achievements at the level of Advanced Higher also showing improvement.
John Bruce, the Council’s SNP Cabinet Member for Education Attainment and Achievement, said, “I would like to congratulate all of our young people who have shown a great deal of effort and commitment throughout the year to achieve the results they have received this week. They should all be very proud of their efforts.”
Cllr Bruce also praised the “significant contribution” of teachers, school staff, parents and carers.
“This year’s exam results are very positive and show that we are continuing to make progress following the recent changes to the qualifications system,” said the Ardrossan & Arran councillor. “We are now determined to continue the good work and build on this success in the future.
“I know that waiting for exam results can often be a stressful time for our young people. However, they should remember that regardless of the outcome, a wide range of support is available to help them into future employment, education or training.”
An Exam Results Helpline, run by Skills Development Scotland, is available between 9:00am and 5:00pm until August 12th. Calls are free on 0808 100 8000.
S4 to S6 pupils can also speak with a senior member of staff regarding option choices when they return to school later this month.