Hard-working pupils score top class results in exams

Councillor Eric Gotts
Councillor Eric Gotts

Pupils attending East Dunbartonshire’s secondary schools have delivered an outstanding set of results in the new National exams.

This year saw pupils sit the new exams for the first time as part of the Curriculum for Excellence programme.

These are different qualifications from Standard Grade, with all National courses covering new content.

National 2, 3 and 4 course work was internally assessed by schools while National 5 course work was externally assessed.

Across East Dunbartonshire 66.5 per cent of S4 pupils obtained five or more National 5 qualifications, while 95.6 per cent achieved five or more passes at National 4 and 96.8 per cent at National 3.

A council spokesperson said: “Due to the difference between the new National Qualifications and Standard Grade exams a comparison with previous years is not possible.

“Initial analysis of SQA exam result data shows that overall achievement rates among East Dunbartonshire secondary school students continue to improve.

“There has been further noticeable improvement in all the National indicators at Advanced Higher and Higher levels.

“Compared to both the 2013 and 2012 results, performance levels at Higher level continue to be very strong with outstanding results for schools within the authority.”

Councillor Eric Gotts, convener of the council’s education committee, said: “As an education authority East Dunbartonshire is consistently among the top performing areas in Scotland when it comes to pupil attainment and we are rightly proud of our excellent reputation.

“The council appreciates the hard work of our employees and pupils in this the first year of the new S4 National qualifications.”

Councillor Gotts added: “Our schools will continue to build on this platform for future years as the new qualifications framework is implemented. Once again I would like to pass on my congratulations to pupils and teachers on the high quality of results and the continuing hard work undertaken.”

“Any parents of pupils involved in this year’s diet of exams who have queries regarding the results should contact their school directly.”