Exam results continue to improve

ANGUS Council’s education convener has congratulated pupils, staff and parents after local SQA results this year continue to improve.

The results reveal a continuing upwards trend in the proportion of young people who, by the end of S4, gained five or more awards at SCQF level three, equivalent to Access 3 or Foundation level at Standard Grade, with a rise of 1 per cent to 94 per cent.

Convener and Arbroath member Councillor Sheena Welsh was delighted with this.

She said: “This is the best performance in this measure for at least eight years and mirrors similarly positive trends in performance in maths and English at the same level.”

More than three quarters of S4 pupils achieved five or more awards at SCQF level four , equivalent to Intermediate 1 or General level at Standard Grade, in line with the average performance over the last five years.

The overall proportion achieving five or more awards at SCQF Level five, equivalent to Intermediate 2 or credit level at Standard Grade is, at 33per cent, the same as last year.

This year’s performance also includes significant improvements in a small number of schools.

The proportions in Angus achieving one, three and five or more awards at Higher level , were at 44 per cent, 23 per cent and 10 per cent respectively, maintaining the improvements made in 2011.

Although the result for three or more Highers is marginally down on last year, in the remaining two measures this year’s performance equals the best achieved since 2007.

There was even better news for S6 pupils. A small dip of one per cent to 21 per cent in the number achieving five or more Highers was offset by the increase in the number attaining three or more Highers.

Compared to 2011, the proportion achieving one or more Highers rose by three per cent to 50 per cent, the best performance since at least 2004.

Similarly, the number attaining three or more Highers increased by two per cent to 35 per cent, the best performance since 2005.

“The performance of pupils in S6 in this year’s diet is testament to the hard work of young people in the final year of their school careers and will provide a sound foundation for their next steps, whether to further study, training or employment,” added Councillor Welsh.

“We are committed to continuous improvement in our schools, and we will build on these results to ensure our young people get the best possible experience as they make their journey through education in Angus.

“An initial analysis of Angus results in the 2012 SQA diet reveals a pleasing overall performance which reflects the sustained hard work of pupils and the quality of the support offered in Angus schools, and from parents, to help them achieve their best.”

And remember here at the Arbroath Herald/Guide & Gazette we want to celebrate your exam success and achievements!

Next week will publish messages from pupils who want to share their amazing results and we would also love to know what local youngsters are planning to do next whether it be university, college, training or employment.

Parents will have also been just as nervous as their children and we also want to hear from any mums, dads or even grandparents who are just bursting with pride with the results too.

So if you want to see your message in the newspaper next week, email us on arbroath.herald@jnscotland.co.uk.

You can also tweet us @Arbroath_Herald or @GuideGazette or leave us a message on Facebook, remembering to tell us which school you attended.

Then we will tell our readers all about your hard work!