Message from the Principal - exam results

Published on 4 August 2009 Categories: Senior School

Close up of wood carving Knight detail from DoorOnce again I congratulate pupils on their achievements in this year's SQA and A/AS Level examinations. All pupils will have had personal goals and can feel rightly proud of how they have performed. In line with previous years, there has been outstanding success at all levels - Advanced Higher, Higher, Intermediate 2, Intermediate 1 and Standard Grade, as well as in A and AS Level Art and Music.

I am particularly pleased that our open presentation policy has produced, once again, an overall pass rate in S5 Highers of over 90% and that over 50% of entries were at A grade, pre-appeal.

The average number of Highers sat by S5 candidates was 4.51, a pleasing increase on last year’s figure of 4.32. The average number of Highers passed per candidate has increased to 4.06, from last year’s figure of 3.92. This is a reflection of pupils aiming high but still recognising that Higher is not necessarily the right qualification for some at this stage.

In addition, this year saw 42 candidates in S5 gaining straight As in 5 or more Highers/AS Level, which represents 21.5% of the whole year group.

Advanced Highers remain a popular choice amongst S6 students and the percentage of A grades (46.9%) is outstanding - the second highest on record, alongside an overall pass rate of 92% which is our best ever: impressive indeed.

The A Level results in Art and Music have been outstanding with a 100% pass rate and A or B grades accounting for 92% of the passes.

These results are not achieved without considerable hard work and commitment on the pupils' part. The School's dedicated and professional staff has played a vital role too, as of course have parents with their encouragement and support through what can be anxious weeks in the Summer Term.

Well done to everyone involved!

Summary of - pre-appeal - SQA results 2009

All figures are percentages of presentations.

S4 Standard Grade

Grade 1: 56.2

Grade 2: 28.1

Grade 3: 12.5

Grades 1 & 2: 84.3

Grades 1 - 3: 96.8

S4 Intermediate 2

Grade A: 73.7

Grade B: 16.6

Grade C: 7.4

Grades A & B: 90.3

Grades A - C: 97.7

S5 Highers

Grade A: 51.0

Grade B: 24.0

Grade C: 15.2

Grades A & B: 75.0

Grades A - C: 90.2

S6 Highers

Grade A: 22.3

Grade B: 24.1

Grade C: 26.8

Grades A & B: 46.4

Grades A - C: 73.2

S6 Advanced Higher

Grade A: 46.9

Grade B: 29.4

Grade C: 15.7

Grades A & B: 76.3

Grades A - C: 92.0

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