2015 Education Improvement Strategy and Plan is already beginning to bear fruit

Higher pass rates this year in East Lothian are at the highest level since 2012 at 77.9% and there were marked improvements in the percentage of passes in Higher English (82.2%) and Higher Maths (76.4%), all above the 2016 national rates.  The percentage of passes at Grade A in Higher English rose to 25.8%, the highest rate in five years in East Lothian. The percentage of passes at Grade A in Higher Maths also increased to its highest rate from 20.8% last year to 32.4% this year, an 11.7% improvement on the previous year.

We believe that there is nothing more important than giving every young person the best possible start in life and our schools and education staff together with parents, carers and staff have a key part to play in achieving this ambition.

Cllr Shamin Akhtar, Education and Children Services spokesperson

The East Lothian Exam result headlines include:

  • 100% of National 4 entries resulted in a pass
  • 76.8% of National 5 entries passed with an A-C award, a slight drop on last year’s rate of 77.5% with 32.4% passing at Grade A (Band 1 or 2), a 0.8% improvement on the previous year
  • Advanced Higher passes dropped by 2.6% from 82.6% in 2015 to 80.0% in 2016. However, this has to be set against higher presentation levels and young people possibly achieving an award and unit awards at this level, which are not included in these figures.
  • the percentage of S5 pupils gaining 5 or more Highers increased slightly by 0.5% in 2016 and shows an improved trend in East Lothian from 13.7% in 2012 to 15.7% in 2016
  • the percentage of S6 pupils gaining 1 or more Advanced Higher also increased by 2.6% in 2016 to 21.7% again showing an overall improved trend in East Lothian since 2012
  • the percentage of pupils gaining 1 or more, 3 or more, 5 or more Highers (SCQF Level 6) by end of S5 in 2016 has been maintained compared to 2015
  • the percentage of pupils gaining 1 or more, 3 or more, 5 or more Highers (SCQF Level 6) by end of S6 in 2016 is at highest rate in 5 years
  • the percentage of pupils gaining 1 or more Advanced Higher (SCQF Level 7) by end of S6 in 2016 is at highest rate in 5 years.

Education and Children Services Councillor Shamin Akhtar spokesperson said:

‘First of all, I would like to congratulate all our young people for their hard work and the success it has brought. I would also like to thank our teachers and parents and carers for the key role they play in supporting our young people.

‘I believe that things are really moving forward in education in East Lothian. We have put a lot of resource into creating positive learning environments for our young people and we have put considerable focus on core subjects like English and Maths, which is now really paying dividends.

‘These results are evidence that our 2015 Education Improvement Strategy and Plan is already beginning to bear fruit. We believe that there is nothing more important than giving every young person the best possible start in life and our schools and education staff together with parents, carers and staff have a key part to play in achieving this ambition. We have created an environment in which our school leaders are able to ensure their objectives are closely aligned to their school’s needs, whilst raising attainment and achievement. The fact that we have made such progress with attainment and achievement shows that the Improvement Plan is working, in spite of having to cope with dwindling public sector funding. Once again, I would like to say thank you to everyone involved.’

Published: Wednesday, 10th August 2016