Midlothian pupils make the grade

Pupils recieved their exam results on Tuesday
Pupils recieved their exam results on Tuesday

With the introduction of the new Highers, attainment levels for S5 pupils are improving in Midlothian, according to this week’s exam results.

In this first year of the new Higher qualifications, 53.41 per cent of pupils achieved one or more award at Higher, an improvement of 7.63 per cent when compared with 2014.

The improvement cent attaining three or more awards at Higher, a staggering improvement of 8.21 per cent when compared with 2014 and 15.33 per cent attaining five or more awards at Higher, an improvement of 5.08 per cent when compared with 2014.

Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), cabinet member for education, said: “These results are very encouraging and show significant improvements in attainment by the end of S5 in the first year of the new Higher qualifications.

“Well done to all the pupils and staff who have made this year such a success. Throughout this period of curricular change we have been impressed by the hard work, commitment and dedication of pupils, staff and parents.”

Councillor Constable went on to praise the Scottish Qualifications Authority for delivering the new Higher qualifications so successfully.

There are now new attainment measures in place with the implementation of the new qualifications.

In the second year of the new national qualifications, 80 per cent of S4 pupils in Midlothian achieved five or more national 4 and 32.71 per cent attained five or more national 5 qualifications or better.

In S6, 56.46 per cent attained one or more Highers by the end of S6 and 37.99 per cent attained three or more Highers, up on last year. For Advanced Highers, 17 per cent of pupils achieved one or more qualifications at this level which is in line with last year’s results.

Pupils or parents who have any queries regarding the results should contact their local school directly.