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Pupils deliver record-breaking SQA exam results

Another year of outstanding exam results.

Exam results 2018

Across the council's seven secondary schools, the best ever results for pupils achieving five or more Highers have been recorded.  Students have also achieved the best ever Advanced Higher results in East Renfrewshire. An impressive 45% of 5th Year pupils achieved five or more Highers, with 41% of 6th Years achieving one or more Advanced Highers.

The results for fourth year pupils also continue to show a very strong performance, with 93% of the year group achieving five or more qualifications at National 4 or better and 75% achieving five or more qualifications at National 5 or better - the third highest ever achieved by pupils at East Renfrewshire Council schools. 

As thousands of children from across the authority area celebrate their achievements today (Tuesday 7 August) East Renfrewshire Council's Convener for Education and Equalities, Councillor Paul O'Kane, has welcomed the results.

Councillor O'Kane said: "It takes hard work and dedication to achieve such fantastic results and once again our pupils across the whole area have raised the bar. With record-breaking Higher and Advanced Higher results, as well as another extremely strong performance in National 4 and 5, the achievements of our pupils never cease to impress me. These results are a tribute to the hard work of pupils, exceptionally well supported by our staff and parents, all of whom contribute to this impressive performance across the area. It is also extremely pleasing that the S5 attainment gap has been narrowed which highlights that our approaches to learning and teaching from the earliest stages is continuing to deliver strong results. Well done to everyone for another year of excellent results."

Key achievements include:

·         Across the authority, 283 4th Year pupils (21% of the year group) achieved eight or more grade A passes at National 5.

·         Barrhead High and Williamwood High had their best ever S5 results, with Eastwood, Mearns Castle and Woodfarm also showing increases in key measures.

·         168 young people across the authority achieved 5 or more Highers at grade A.

·         The Higher results for S5 pupils are very strong across all measures, with 81% of the original roll achieving at least one Higher.

·         There was an increase in the proportion of pupils registered for free school meals achieving the three key S5 Higher measures.

·         St Luke's and St Ninian's had their best ever results for the proportion of S6 pupils achieving one or more Advanced Highers, with St Ninian's results increasing by nearly 5%.

In working towards East Renfrewshire Council's vision for Education - Everyone attaining, everyone achieving through excellent experiences - a systematic, detailed and rigorous analysis of pupil performance, from nursery through to secondary, is used to ensure a targeted approach for every child.

This rigorous tracking and monitoring system focused on each individual pupil is at the heart of the council's success in raising the bar for all.

Mhairi Shaw, Director of Education at East Renfrewshire Council, said: "Our approach is clearly having an impact as year after year our pupils continue to produce outstanding results. We continue to see improvements right across the board, with children from all backgrounds achieving and reaching their potential. Our approach recognises that all children progress at a different pace and need to be supported appropriately. We take a rounded, holistic approach to develop the whole young person.  A hugely successful vocational training programme is also in place across all our schools we are continuing to provide more opportunities for pupils to access courses and qualifications through college, as well as apprenticeships. This allows us to support all our pupils to make the best choices for them, preparing them effectively for their future career path. These results are testament to the hard work of pupils, teachers and parents and I congratulate you all."


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