Midlothian’s exam results are showing a “positive trend” with 24 per cent of students gaining three or more Highers.
However, the county is below the national average.
Scottish Government 2012-13 figures revealed that 45 per cent gained one or more Higher in Midlothian and 10 per cent gained five Highers.
This compared with the national average of 48 per cent passing one or more passes at the Higher level, 28 per cent achieving three or more, while 13 per cent attained passes in five or more.
Midlothian’s education spokesman Councillor Bob Constable (SNP) said the results show a strong improvement. Praising the “positive trend” he said: “Larger numbers of pupils are remaining at school to complete a sixth year.
“However, we must mention those who are achieving positive destinations through other means, for example, those who take part in apprenticeship.”