Record exam improvements for local pupils

Students opened their exam results this week
Students opened their exam results this week

Midlothian Council is delighted to report some record improvements in exam results this year across the county’s schools.

In S4 some of the highlights included an improvement at National 5 level with 38.5 per cent of pupils achieving five or more awards at this level, up 5.7 per cent on last year.

In the results, announced on Tuesday, higher level and advanced higher level, by the end of S6, showed record grades with 29 per cent of pupils achieving five or more highers, 41 per cent achieving three or more highers and 61 per cent achieving one or more higher by the end of S6.

Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), cabinet member for education was impressed.

He said: “These results are very encouraging and show significant improvements in attainment by the end of S6 building on last year’s hard work.

“Well done to all the pupils and staff who have made this year such a success.

“Again, throughout this period of ongoing curricular change we have been impressed by the hard work, commitment and dedication of pupils, staff and parents.

“We want pupils to know staff members are here to offer advice and support.

“The ongoing implementation of the new qualifications as part of Curriculum for Excellence is continuing to improve opportunities for young people to build on the experiences and qualifications they have gained in order to move into a ‘positive destination’ such as university, a college place, apprenticeship or work experience.”