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Exam performance hailed as ‘positive’

L-r, Kayley Hart, Fraser Knight, Lily Brunton, Kyle Barlow and Jessica Simpson outside Hawick High School with their exam results. Fraser and Kyle both received their results through a text from the SQA.

L-r, Kayley Hart, Fraser Knight, Lily Brunton, Kyle Barlow and Jessica Simpson outside Hawick High School with their exam results. Fraser and Kyle both received their results through a text from the SQA.

Secondary school pupils received their exam results on Tuesday morning and they have welcomed by SBC’s executive member for education.

In the first year of the National 4 qualifications 92 per cent of local pupils passed, with a pass rate of just under 90 per cent for the new National 5 exams.

This put the Borders one per cent below and nine per cent above the Scottish average respectively.

The number of students passing Higher exams fell slightly, from 81 per cent last year to 80 per cent this year, but there was a 1.5 per cent increase in the Advanced Higher pass rate in the Borders. Both are above the national average.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison said: “The results paint a positive picture and that really is testament to the dedication, hard work and commitment of our pupils, teachers, staff, parents and carers.

“However we can’t be complacent and will continue to do all we can to support our pupils and make sure that every young person has the best possible future.

“This is especially crucial given the new national qualifications that are in force this session.”

At National 4 level Hawick High School pupils achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, followed closely by those at Galashiels Academy with 97 per cent and Earlston High with 93 per cent.

In the National 5 qualifications, 61 per cent of students at Peebles High achieved A grades, with an overall pass rate of 95 per cent.

Half of Earlston pupils were also awarded A grades, with the next best performing school Selkirk, with 40 per cent A-passes.

At Higher, Earlston recorded an 85 per cent overall pass rate, with 40 per cent of all pupils picking up an A grade.

And 49 per cent of Hawick students who took Advanced Highers achieved a pass at the top grade, with 30 per cent picking up B or C grades.

Mr Aitchison said: “If a pupil or parent has any concerns or queries about their results there are a number of places offering advice.”

Support is available through Skills Development Scotland’s helpline - 0808 100 8000.

This is open 9am until 5pm on weekdays and 10am until 4pm at weekends until August 13.

 

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