Attainment levels for S4 pupils are improving in Midlothian according to exam results published this week.
In what is the first year of the new S4 National Qualifications, 36.21 per cent of S4 pupils passed five or more National 5 passes while 80.54 per cent of S4s attained five National 4 passes or more.
Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), cabinet member for education, said: “These are really encouraging results for the county. Well done to all the pupils and staff who have made this year, the first for the S4 National Qualifications, such a success.
“These are very different qualifications from Standard Grade, with N4 being internally assessed by schools and the externally assessed N5 covering new course work. However, while we can’t make a straight comparison between last year’s Standard Grades at Credit and Intermediate levels and while recognising the challenges faced by both staff and pupils this year, compared with 2013 and 2012, performance has definitely improved.”
In 2013, 33.40 per cent of S4 pupils achieved five or more Standard Grades at Credit level or better, the same percentage as in 2012. A total of 78.98 per cent of S4 pupils attained five or more Standard Grades at Intermediate level or better compared with 77.38 per cent in 2012.
The percentage of S5 pupils attaining five or more Highers is 10.14 per cent this year, roughly consistent with last year’s figure of 10.26 per cent. In 2012, the figure was 9.16 per cent.
Pupils or parents who have any queries regarding the results should contact their local school directly.
Mr Constable said: “We want pupils to know staff members are here to offer advice and support. The Curriculum for Excellence has significantly improved opportunities for young people to build on the qualifications they have gained and to develop further academic qualifications or vocational experience to secure a ‘positive destination’ such as a college place, apprenticeship or work experience.”