Exam results show 5% increase in S5 pupils getting three or more Highers

Students open their exam results this morning
Students open their exam results this morning

Thousands of people across Aberdeenshire will be receiving their exam results today and this year’s figures show a 5% increase in S5 pupils getting three or more Higher qualifications when compared to last year.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Alison Evison said: “I congratulate everyone who is receiving their exam results and who will now be thinking ahead to the future as this marks a journey towards further or higher education and employment opportunities.

“The great results this year show the hard work and dedication of the pupils and the support networks around them at home and at school to help them achieve all they can in life.”

Vice chair Councillor Charles Buchan added: “This is one of the highest rates in Scotland for exam success and I am sure everyone receiving results will be as proud as I am of their achievements.

“The qualifications young people undertake make a positive difference and are a milestone in the progression to the workplace or further study.

“I wish all Aberdeenshire’s students future success in whatever they choose to do.”

Aberdeenshire Council recently improved the way attainment is monitored in schools throughout the year.

The local authority uses a programme called ‘Insight’ that is used by authorities across Scotland as a fairer way of measuring pupil achievement.

The data for this year’s results was compared against the results from the previous year using ‘legacy measures’ over three key areas.

The percentage of S4 pupils who were awarded five or more National 5 qualifications in 2014 was 44% and in 2015 rose to 45%.

The percentage of S5 pupils who were awarded three or more Higher qualifications in one sitting was 33% in 2014 and this year was 38%.

The percentage of S6 pupils who achieved five or more Higher qualifications by the end of S6 was 25% in 2014 and this year was 27%.

The figure for S5 pupils who attained five Higher qualifications and passed at grade A in one sitting this year was 94 compared to 81 in 2014.

Over 6,000 students took exams in over 60 subjects, while just under 4,000 students sat National 5 qualifications in 39 subjects ranging from English and Maths to Practical Cake Craft and Philosophy.

A number of students took part in vocational courses, in areas such as Engineering and Construction either at their own school or through partnership arrangements between local Further Education colleges.

Aberdeenshire school leavers consistently move on to further or higher education, to a training place or directly into employment.

In 2014 93.7% of pupils went onto positive destinations and figures on this from Skills Development Scotland will be available later in the year.

For any pupils who received results and need further advice there is an Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000 and lots of information on the Scottish Qualifications Authority website at www.sqa.org.uk.