More pupils staying on at schools in East Dunbartonshire

Bishopbriggs Academy pupils that got five As.

Bishopbriggs Academy pupils that got five As.

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The number of pupils staying on to study fifth year at schools in East Dunbartonshire has risen further - above the national average.

The figure has grown to 92 per cent, up from 91 per cent the previous year, and above the 84.9 per cent average for Scotland.

Meanwhile, across the district the school roll has increased in S4 from 1,339 pupils to 1,383 in 2012/13, while the national roll has decreased.

Exam results in East Dunbartonshire schools have also improved this year.

A report to the education committee said: “The overall level of achievement bears favourable comparison with previous years and is well above the national average in all categories.

“Performance in all measures is high and compares very favourably with comparator authorities”.

Pupils in S4 gaining five or more Standard Grades at General and Intermediate 1 level was 93 per cent while those passing five or more Standard Grades at Credit level and Intermediate two rose to 59 per cent.

A total of 47 per cent achieved three or more Highers in S5 and 27 per cent of pupils got five or more Highers in S5, with 47 per cent gaining the same in S6.

Meanwhile, 31 per cent passed one or more Advanced Highers.

The Herald recently reported on the success of pupils at Bishopbriggs Academy. Ten S5 pupils got five As at Higher level, while 18 S4 pupils got eight Standard Grades each achieving Credit 1 passes (or equivalent).

Councillor Eric Gotts, convener of education at the council, said: “These results are excellent and show that our staff and pupils are continuing to work hard to get excellent exam results.

“Pupils are also staying on longer at school, meaning more and more are leaving school with good exam results compared to neighbouring areas.”

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