A for Amazing – local schools near top of the league for exam results

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BRAINY pupils in East Dunbartonshire got the second best exam results in the whole of the country last year.

The latest figures from Education Scotland show that 28 per cent of S5 pupils in the district’s secondary schools gained at least five Highers in 2011/12.

The figure, which represents all eight secondary schools in East Dunbartonshire, was more than double the Scottish average of 13 per cent. Only pupils in East Renfrewshire performed better, with 32 per cent passing five or more subjects, while nearby Glasgow performed worst with just eight per cent reaching the same standard.

Around 8,000 pupils attend secondary schools in East Dunbartonshire.

A council spokesperson said: “Secondary schools throughout East Dunbartonshire have received excellent results in all subjects and levels.

“The education in our schools continues to perform amongst the very best in Scotland and our staff continually strive to provide an excellent experience for all of our young people.

“East Dunbartonshire schools work consistently to ensure the young people’s attainment and achievement is amongst the highest in the country.”

Councillor Eric Gotts, the council’s convener of education, said: “I am delighted that our schools have again excelled this year alongside other comparable schools throughout Scotland.

“Our confidence in the education received by our young people has not diminished and I congratulate all our educators.”

Meanwhile, schools across East Dunbartonshire have received their end-of-year report, with some faring better than others.

Both Bishopbriggs Academy and Lenzie Academy saw a record 31 per cent of S5 pupils achieve at least five Higher exams - up from 25 per cent and 23 per cent respectively last year.

But it was only good enough for joint third spot in the region with 32 per cent of S5 pupils at Boclair Academy, in Bearsden, passing five or more Highers and 35 per cent of Bearsden Academy pupils reaching the same lofty standards.

St Ninian’s High School and Turnbull High School both saw 21 per cent of S5 pupils pass five or more exams - easily beating the Scottish average of 13 per cent.

Kirkintilloch High School fell just short of the national average with a total of 12 per cent of S5 pupils making the grade, up from 11 per cent last year.

However, 28 per cent of Kirkintilloch High S6 pupils attained the five Highers exam benchmark - beating the Scottish average by three per cent.

Full results for all schools are available by going to www.educationscotland.gov.uk

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