Success for island pupils in SQA exams

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Western Isles Schools show an encouraging trend of improvement at almost all levels, according to SQA examination data released in August 2013.

Whole school figures for Eilean Siar indicate that progress has been made in a number of key measures, ensuring that performance across the authority is above the last available national and comparator authorities’ average at almost all levels.

S4 Standard Grade and Intermediate 2 examination results show progress in English and Mathematics in a number of schools. Standard Grade English results show an increase of students achieving Grades 1 or 2 of 43% to 49% and 53% to 70% in the Nicolson Institute and Sir E Scott respectively. Performance in Standard Grade Mathematics in Sir E Scott indicates an increase of 35% to 53% in those achieving Grades 1 or 2. Sgoil Lionacleit S4 Intermediate 2 English data indicates increases of 54% to 85% in those achieving As or Bs.

SQA Higher results indicate improving trends in some key areas. The total number achieving As and Bs in Higher English in The Nicolson Institute rose from 26% to 42%. Sgoil Lionacleit A passes at Higher English increased from 11% to 29% and in Mathematics, numbers achieving A or B passes increased from 46% to 60%.

Advanced Higher data indicates that, although fewer students across the authority were presented at this level in 2013, overall pass rates (A-C Grades) increased in almost all schools.

Miller MacDonald, Head Teacher of Sgoil Lionacleit, remarked: “I was very pleased with the performance of the pupils in their SQA Examinations. As well as good results in academic subjects many pupils have done well in vocational subjects too; most of the S4 pupils gained eight qualifications overall. These results are testimony to the hard work of the pupils, the commitment and dedication of the staff and the support of the parents and wider community.”

Cllr. Catriona Stewart, Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: “I congratulate all pupils who took part in this year’s SQA examinations on their various successes. They are a credit to their respective schools and subject teachers as well as their families. It is gratifying to learn that performance across the Authority is above the last available national and comparator authorities’ average at almost all levels. We are not complacent about the results and look forward to continuing to improve levels of attainment across all subjects in all schools throughout our Islands.”

In conclusion, 2013 SQA results indicate reassuring signs of improved performance at all levels in almost all schools. However, school staff and management, working with officers at departmental level, will continue to strive for further improvements to enable all students to achieve their potential.