Exam success for Edinburgh pupils

The anxious wait is finally over for thousands of pupils across Edinburgh as they received their exam results today (Tuesday 8 August).

Exam results
Students celebrate their exam results

Early indications are positive with candidates once again making improvements on their performances in several areas from last year and the City of Edinburgh Council schools’ overall good performance has been maintained.

A total of 40,141 resulted awards were certificated for 7,965 candidates (includes special schools, adults and mainstream secondary schools) in over 83 subjects ranging from Accounting to Urdu.

A particular strength continues to be attainment of pupils by the end of S5 and S6 where the strong levels of attainment have either been maintained or improved at Highers.

Highlights include:

  • By the end of S4, 44% of the S4 roll achieved 5 qualifications at National 5 level which is an increase of 1 percentage point from last year, and an increase of 6 percentage points since the first National 5 examinations in 2014.
  • By the end of S5, 38% of the S4 roll achieved 3 or more Highers – a 1 percentage point improvement on last year and a 7 percentage point improvement since 2012.
  • By the end of S5, 19% of the S4 roll achieved 5 or more Highers – a 1 percentage point improvement on last year.
  • By the end of S6, 47% of the S4 roll achieved 3 or more Highers – a 1 percentage point increase on last year.
  • By the end of S6, 33% of the S4 roll achieved 5 or more Highers – a 1 percentage point increase on last year.

Liberton High School pupil Calum Arnott, 17-years-old, achieved 7 As in his Highers.

He said: “It was quite difficult during the exam period taking the seven subjects especially as one of them was ‘crash’ Physics but the teachers at Liberton were really supportive. I’m taking five Advanced Highers next year and hoping to do engineering at University.” 

Councillor Ian Perry, Education Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, welcomed today’s results.

He said: “Early indications from the SQA exam results show that 2017 has been another really positive year for our pupils with improvements in several key areas. It’s a real achievement to have not only sustained but built on the successes of previous years.

“By the end of S4, 44% of our pupils have achieved 5 qualifications at National 5 which is up from last year and a 6 percentage point improvement since the exams were first introduced in 2014.

“I want to congratulate all our teaching staff on their commitment to delivering learning experiences of the highest standards. Our pupils should be very proud of themselves too and are to be congratulated on their hard work and successes over the past year. And let’s not forget parents who have supported their children during this difficult time.

“The Council is also committed to making sure all school leavers enter a positive destination of employment, training, or further education through initiatives such as the Edinburgh Guarantee and I look forward to seeing many more placements and positive results.”

Additional information:

1) This is provisional information at this early stage with no national or comparator information available. It is pre-appeal and does not include attainment gained by partnership activity.

2) Analysis

Results by end of S4

5+ awards at level 5 or better – 44% (1 percentage point more than last year and steady improvement year-on-year since the introduction of new National 5 courses in 2014).

Results by end of S5*

1+ award at level 6 or better - 59% (consolidates the improvement made the previous year; which continued a five year improving trend).

3+ awards at level 6 or better - 38% (1 percentage point more than the previous year; continues a five year improving trend and a 7 percentage point improvement since 2012).

5+ awards at level 6 or better - 19% (1 percentage point more than the previous year, an improvement of 3 percentage points since 2012).

This is provisional information at this early stage with no national or comparator information available. It is pre-appeal and does not include attainment gained by partnership activity.

Results by end of S6*

1+ award at level 6 or better - 66% (consolidating last year’s improvement).

3+ awards at level 6 or better - 47% (1 percentage point more than the previous year, a continuing improving trend and a 6 percentage point improvement since 2012).

5+ awards at level 6 or better - 33% (1 percentage point more than the previous year, a continuing improving trend and a 4 percentage point improvement since 2012).

1+ award at level 7 - 25% (1 percentage point fewer than last year, but the second highest figure for the past six sessions).

*based on the percentage of S4 pupil roll.

 

 

 

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