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East Renfrewshire pupils raise the bar with record SQA exam results

Pupils deliver best ever results across the board.

Exam results 2017

Pupils across East Renfrewshire have excelled across the board, with another year of record-breaking exam results. 

Across the council's seven secondary schools, the best ever results in Highers and Advanced Highers have been achieved. An impressive 184 young people across the authority achieved five or more Highers at grade A, with 39% of 6th Years achieving one or more Advanced Higher.

The results for fourth year pupils also continue to show a very strong performance, with 95% of the year group achieving five or more qualifications at National 4 or better and 76% achieving five or more qualifications at National 5 or better - the second highest ever achieved by pupils at East Renfrewshire Council schools. 

As thousands of children from across the authority area celebrate their achievements today (Tuesday 8 August) East Renfrewshire Council's Convener for Education and Equalities, Councillor Paul O'Kane, has welcomed the results.

Once again the hard work of our pupils has paid off as they continue to raise the bar each year. We are proud of these fantastic results, which are made possible thanks to the dedication of all our staff and the support of parents to help their children to achieve their very best. It is also extremely pleasing that the attainment gap has been narrowed again which highlights that our family-centred approach to learning is continuing to deliver strong results. Well done to everyone for another year of excellent results. Councillor Paul O'Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities

Key achievements include:

  • Barrhead, Mearns Castle, Williamwood and Woodfarm recorded their best ever S4 performance at National 5 this year. Across the authority, 271 pupils (20% of the year group) achieved eight or more grade A passes at National 5.
  • The Higher results for S5 pupils are the best ever with increases in all measures. The proportion of pupils that achieved five or more Highers increased to 44% (43% in 2016). 83% of the original roll achieved at least one Higher in S5 (up from 81% last year) and 67% attained three or more Highers - which represents an increase of seven points over the last five years.
  • Barrhead, Eastwood, Mearns Castle, St Ninian's and Woodfarm High Schools had their best ever S5 results. 184 young people across the authority achieved five or more Highers at grade A - with 24% of the original S4 cohort in St Ninian's achieving this exceptionally high standard.
  • At Advanced Higher in S6, the authority also achieved its best ever performance with 39% of the original S4 cohort achieving one or more Advanced Higher awards (up from 38% in 2016). St Luke's, St Ninian's and Williamwood had their best ever results for the proportion of S6 pupils achieving one or more Advanced Highers, with Williamwood's results increasing by 4%.

In working towards East Renfrewshire Council's vision for Education - Everyone attaining, everyone achieving through excellent experiences - a systematic, detailed and rigorous analysis of pupil performance, from nursery through to secondary, is used to ensure a targeted approach for every child.

This rigorous tracking and monitoring system focused on each individual pupil is at the heart of the council's success in raising the bar for all.

Our approach is clearly having an impact as year after year our pupils continue to produce fantastic results. We continue to see improvements right across the board, with children from all backgrounds achieving and reaching their potential. Our approach recognises that all children progress at a different pace and need to be supported appropriately. Each child is an individual and will excel in different areas so we strive to provide a rounded education and a wide range of experiences, which allows all our pupils to achieve. The improvements at S4, S5 and S6 in the 2017 SQA results provide clear evidence that we have focussed on equity and excellence by raising the bar for all and exemplifying the education authority's vision of Everyone Attaining, Everyone Achieving through Excellent Experiences. Mhairi Shaw, Director of Education

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