Pupils praised for exam successes

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Angus Council’s Education convener has congratulated pupils, staff and parents on their achievements following the release of this year’s SQA results.

Councillor Sheena Welsh said: “An initial analysis of Angus results in the 2012 SQA diet reveals a pleasing overall performance which reflects the sustained hard work of pupils and the quality of the support offered in Angus schools, and from parents, to help them achieve their best.”

The results reveal a continuing upwards trend in the proportion of young people who, by the end of S4, gained five or more awards at SCQF Level 3 (equivalent to Access 3 or Foundation level at Standard Grade) continued with a rise of 1% to 94%.

“This is the best performance in this measure for at least eight years and mirrors similarly positive trends in performance in Maths and English at the same level,” commented Councillor Welsh.

More than three quarters of S4 pupils (77%) achieved five or more awards at SCQF Level 4 (equivalent to Intermediate 1 or General level at Standard Grade), in line with the average performance over the last five years.

The overall proportion achieving five or more awards at SCQF Level 5 (equivalent to Intermediate 2 or credit level at Standard Grade) is, at 33%, the same as last year. This year’s performance includes significant improvements in a small number of schools.

The proportions in Angus achieving one, three and five or more awards at Higher level (SCQF Level 6), at 44%, 23% and 10% respectively, maintain the improvements made in 2011.

Although the result for three or more Highers is marginally down on last year, in the remaining two measures this year’s performance equals the best achieved since 2007.

There was even better news for S6 pupils. A small dip of 1% to 21% in the number achieving five or more Highers was offset by the increase in the number attaining one and three or more Highers.

Compared to 2011, the proportion achieving one or more Highers rose by 3% to 50%, the best performance since at least 2004. Similarly, the number attaining three or more Highers increased by 2% to 35%, the best performance since 2005.

“The performance of pupils in S6 in this year’s diet is testament to the hard work of young people in the final year of their school careers and will provide a sound foundation for their next steps, whether to further study, training or employment,” added Councillor Welsh.

“We are committed to continuous improvement in our schools, and we will build on these results to ensure our young people get the best possible experience as they make their journey through education in Angus.”