SQA results show improved trend

Results published today from the Scottish Qualifications Authority show that pupils from across East Lothian Council’s six secondary schools have improved their performance in SQA Higher courses, with the pass rate at its highest in 5 years.

The percentage of young people achieving Grade A awards in English and Mathematics at Higher level is also at its highest rate in 5 years.

A total of 10,682 resulted awards were certified for 2,302 candidates across East Lothian.

Highlights of this year’s results in East Lothian show that:

  • In the first year that unit assessments were removed from National 5, the pass rate of candidates who sat National 5 qualifications with an A-C award, dropped slightly to 75.4% with 32% of those candidates achieving a Grade A.
  • The percentage of pupils passing Higher courses increased by 2.4% from 76.7% last year to 79.1% in 2018 which is above the national rate of 76.8%  A Grade A was achieved by 31.7% (a 3.8% increase on the previous year, the highest in 5 years).
  • The latest figures also show that the pass rate in East Lothian at A-C for Higher English (81%) is above the national pass rate (75.9%) and for Higher Maths (74%) is in line with the national pass rate (74.5%). 31% of candidates achieved a grade A in Higher English and 37% achieved a grade A in Higher Maths (both increasing 4% on the previous year, the highest in 5 years).
  • Attainment by the end of S5 and S6 show further improvements on the previous year in those achieving success at Higher and Advanced Higher level. Overall, 59% of all candidates by the end of S5 gained one or more Highers, with 19% achieving 5 or more Highers, the highest rates in 5 years. The % of S6 pupils gaining 1 or more Advanced Higher increased by 1.5% in 2018 to 22.1% and shows an overall improved trend in East Lothian since 2014.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education, said: “These results provide a clear indication of an improving trend across our secondary schools. It is testament to the hard work of the students and teachers that this year has resulted in the highest level of achievement in 5 years. I would like to add my congratulations to all students who have received results today.”

Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Congratulations to all our young people on the success they have achieved in their SQA results today. Our schools have improved their performance in SQA Higher Courses, with the pass rate at their highest in 5 years. And pass rates at grade A in Higher Maths and English also at their highest level in 5 years. These are great results for our young people and they will really help to set them up for the next phase of their journeys. For this effort I would like to thank all our teachers for their hard work over the past year and to all our parents and carers for their continued support.”


Published: Tuesday, 7th August 2018