East Lothian Council

East Lothian pupils achieve success in SQA National Courses

Published Tuesday 8th August 17

Exam results are on the up in East Lothian

East Lothian pupils are continuing to achieve success in SQA National Courses.

Results published today from the Scottish Qualifications Authority show that hard working pupils from across the local authority’s six secondary schools have improved their performance in SQA National 5 Courses, with the pass rate at its highest since the introduction of these new qualifications. The percentage of young people achieving Grade A awards in English and Mathematics at National 5 level is also at the highest rate in 5 years.

A total of 10,329 resulted awards were certified for 2,407 candidates across East Lothian. Highlights of this year’s results in East Lothian show that:

  • The overall Attainment rate at A-C for all SQA National Qualifications in 2017 is 82.3%.
  • Overall pass rates for all qualifications and year groups in 2017 show a slight drop on the previous year of 0.6%
  • 100% of pupils gained National 4 pass marks
  • At Ross High school, more pupils gained 5 or more National 5 awards with a 5.5% increase on the previous year's results
  • At Musselburgh Grammar, there are increasing numbers of S4 pupils achieving five or more National 5 Awards, and are at the highest rate since the qualifications were introduced (at 41.4% in 2017, up from 35.7% in 2014)
  • Musselburgh Grammar also saw an improvement in the number of S5 pupils achieving one or more Higher (51.8%), the best performance at this level for a number of years
  • North Berwick High School, Dunbar Grammar and Knox Academy all saw improved performance at S6 for pupils attaining 3 or more Highers, at its highest level in the past five years
  • The number of young people achieving one or more Advanced Higher at S6 has improved at Dunbar Grammar School, North Berwick High School and Knox Academy, compared to 2016
  • At Preston Lodge High School, more pupils than ever before have achieved three or more, and five or more Highers in S5
  • The percentage of S5/6 pupils passing Highers has decreased slightly from 78.1% in 2016, to 76.7% in 2017
  • At S6, the number of pupils achieving five or more awards at Higher or better, is in line with the previous year
  • The percentage of pupils passing Advanced Higher dropped by 1.5% from 80.3% in 2016, to 78.8% in 2017 

The latest figures also show that pass rates at A-C are above national pass rates for English and mathematics at National 5 and Higher.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education, said:

“These exam results are very positive and we are delighted that so many of our young people have received qualifications. I congratulate our pupils on their success, I hope they are delighted with their results too. I also want to thank our dedicated teaching staff who have motivated and inspired our pupils over the course of their schooling. There are still improvements to be made with regards to performance in specific subject areas  and National levels, but I am confident that measures that the council has and will continue to put in place will mean that we will see an improvement in future years.”

Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said:

“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate our pupils on their exam success. They should all feel very proud of their achievements. These excellent results are also a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our teaching staff, and of the support of parents and carers, and our thanks and appreciation also go to them. The council is continuing to invest in education to ensure that we can continue to build on this success and support all your young people, but we must never be complacent and we remain committed to ensuring that all our young people reach their potential.”

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