Barra pupils perform well in exams

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed results which have shown that there has been an overall improvement in Western Isles pupils’ exam performance this year.

Among the schools which saw an improvement in exam performance was Castlebay Community School in Barra. Improvements in the school’s education provision had already been noted earlier this year when an HMIe report commended the progress that had been made, and these latest exam results provide further confirmation of this progress. The pass rate for Higher English in the school – an area which had come under particular criticism – was almost 90%.

Welcoming the results, councillor Morag Munro, Chair of the Comhairle’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: “This is a good outcome for pupils, parents and the hardworking teachers and support staff who have made these results possible. I’d like to congratulate all these individuals for the hard work they’ve put into making sure that our schools continue to offer such a high standard of education. It is the pupils themselves of course who deserve the highest praise: we can all remember the stress of sitting exams, and it’s to our pupils’ credit that they’ve managed to do so well.

Mrs Munro added, “We now look forward to the opening of a number of new schools in the Western Isles, which will improve education provision and ensure that our children are educated in the best possible learning environments. It is important that we continue to sustain and build upon the positive outcomes that we’ve seen over the last year, and do everything that we can to ensure that our young people are well prepared for the world of work.”