Over 90 per cent of Borders pupils pass new exams

The Higher pass rate in the Borders remains above the national average
The Higher pass rate in the Borders remains above the national average

Secondary school pupils received their exam results on Tuesday morning and they have been hailed as ‘positive’ by the council’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.

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.

Pass rates for Higher English have gone up from 77 per cent to almost 80 per cent, and for maths from 70 per cent to 72.5 per cent.

The overall Higher pass rate in the Borders is 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.”

Mr Aitchison added: “If a pupil or parent has any concerns or queries about their results there are a number of places offering advice. They should phone their school in the first instance and staff will be on hand to help.”

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