Pupils achieve higher pass rates

The agonising wait for thousands of Angus school pupils was over on Tuesday as exam results dropped through letter boxes across the county.

And this year’s results have again proven overall that Scotland’s pupils are high achievers with overall pass rates increasing in Standard Grades, Highers and Advanced Highers.

Advanced Highers have seen an increase of two percentage points to 82.1 per cent, Highers passes have increased by 0.5 percentage points to 77.4 per cent while Intermediate levels one and two passes have increased to 77.8 and 81.8 per cent respectively. At Standard Grade level, passes have increased by 0.1 percentage points to 98.9 per cent and overall pass rates for Access levels two and three have increased to 71 and 93.6 per cent respectively.

Angela Constance, minister for youth employment, congratulated the 151,000 candidates who sat exams this year, and emphasised that there is help available for those who hadn’t achieved what they had hoped

She said: “The wait for tens of thousands of Scotland’s pupils and their families is finally over, and I am delighted that so many have come out with strong grades, leaving them well positioned for whatever they choose to do next.”