Aug 5 2011 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Friday
SECONDARY school pupils in Stirling and Clackmannanshire are celebrating another year of excellent examination results.
At Stirling, the council’s education service is delighted with the high standard of academic attainment achieved by young people this year.
Education spokesperson Councillor Graham Lambie said: “Congratulations to all the young people who received their results. They should feel very proud of their achievements.
“It is also important to acknowledge the key role of their teachers, non teaching staff and of course the vital support and encouragement of their parents in ensuring success.”
Stirling pupils from S2 to S6 sat more than 14,000 exams this year and early indications are that more than 93% of these exams received an award.
There was an increase in the number of S3 pupils presented for exams in English and Maths this year and more than 94% of those sitting exams received an award.
Results at S4 are consistent with previous years and are showing an improving pattern. In particular, performance in Standard Grade exams has improved by 2% this year and results show that 44% of this year group achieved five or more Standard Grades with Credit passes, the highest figure over the last 10 years.
In S5 results overall have improved from last year. Standard Grade Credit and Higher exams are showing the best results for the last 10 years. In 2011, 56% of this year group achieved five or more Standard Grades with Credit passes and 34% achieved three or more Highers.
1n 2010 S6 results in Stirling last year were amongst the highest in Scotland and this year performance has continued to improve. Results have increased further by up to 4% for Standard Grade exams and up to 3% for Higher exams. Advanced Higher results were the only S6 measure this year where performance dipped slightly. Last year’s record figure of 23% of the year group achieving one or more Advanced Higher has fallen to 20% this year, however, this is still the second highest figure for Stirling over the last 10 years.
In the Wee County, early indications are of a positive and improving picture with almost all areas showing a steady improvement on last year’s performance. There has been improvement in five of the seven national measures compared to last year.
In S4 there has been an increase in the number of young people gaining five or more Standard Grades at Credit and General levels. And in Higher qualifications there has been improvements across the board.
Achievements of particular note this year are:
The percentage of pupils achieving five or more Standard Grades at Credit level by the end of S4 has risen 4%.
The percentage of pupils achieving five or more awards at Standard Grade at General level by the end of S4 has risen by 2%.
The percentage of pupils in S4 who have achieved a pass at Higher has risen by almost 1.5%.
The number of S5 pupils achieving at least one award at Higher level has risen by 1.5%, while the number of those achieving three or more awards at this level has risen by 2%. Those achieving five Highers has risen by more than 1.2%.
Inclusion portfolio holder Councillor George Matchett said: “The pre-appeal analysis looks very encouraging with improvement from last year’s performance across the board.
“These results reflect the continued commitment of schools and of the local authority to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our young people, and they provide a platform on which to build further in the future.
“I am very proud of our pupils and teachers and am pleased that their commitment and hard work has paid off for so many of them, my congratulations go to them all. We are making consistent improvements in our exam performance and pushing these numbers up remains a central priority for Clackmannanshire Council.”
For those who don’t get the results they had been hoping for, help is at hand on the Skills Development Scotland Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. The helpline will run from 8am-8pm today, from 9am-5pm from tomorrow (Saturday) until August 26 and from 9am-noon on August 27.