Pupils in Aberdeenshire have been celebrating receiving their exam results, with initial analysis indicating that the exam pass rate for Aberdeen has risen to a five-year high.
Some 6,900 pupils across Aberdeenshire received their exam certificates for Highers, Advanced Highers, Standard Grades and intermediate qualifications last week from the Scottish Qualifications Authority. A total of 78 pupils in S5 classes across Aberdeenshire achieved straight A passes in five or more Highers - the highest number since 2006.
Ellon Academy Rector Tim Mackay said he was “absolutely delighted” with the high academic standards demonstrated in the school’s results. “The fantastic results are a combination of hard work from our pupils and support from teachers parents and carers”, he said. “It is clear to see that in most cases pupils have worked hard and achieved well.
“For the first time ever, we presented 55 pupils for their Standard Grade English examination a year earlier than normal. All 55 of these third year candidates gained a credit pass – a truly outstanding achievement.
“In fourth year, a wide range of attainment was achieved at Standard, Access and Intermediate Grades with, in addition, vocational passes in our Skills for Work courses which are taught in partnership with Banff and Buchan College. I was particularly pleased to note that a number of our most able pupils, presented for Higher Grade Accounting in fourth year, also passed with flying colours.
“In fifth year our students excelled with, statistically, the best ever recorded set of Higher Grade passes for Ellon Academy. Ten students achieved five A Grade passes and almost half of our fifth year pupils achieved three or more Higher Grade passes. Our sixth year pupils continued the upward trends of attainment with many achieving further Higher and Advanced Higher passes.
“However, it must be said that I am extremely proud of all our pupils achievements not just those who gain the highest academic standards. What is important is that a child achieves the best they can – if this is the case then every parent will be as proud of their child as I am.”
Across Scotland, there was a similar pattern, with pass rates increasing across all categories of qualifications. Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell, welcomed the results and offered his congratulations to pupils for what he described as their “outstanding achievements.”
“The increased attainment levels shows that all the hours of hard work and study students put in can really pay off”, he said. “Scotland’s young people clearly have high ambitions and are achieving great success. We want to build on this and deliver further improvements because better skills means better jobs and better jobs mean a wealthier Scotland for all.
“The attainment and achievements of Scottish pupils that we are seeing today are a real cause for celebration and will go a long way in improving their life chances. I want to use this as a platform to move forward and realise the ambitions of each and every young person in Scotland.”
Aberdeenshire Education Committee Vice-chair, Cllr Isobel Davidson, also offered her congratulations to pupils, adding “It is very encouraging to see the improvements in pass rates, which continue to demonstrate the high levels of achievement in national qualifications in Aberdeenshire.”
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