More than 4,500 young people across the Highlands received their SQA exams results today, with improved attainment in several key areas.
Chair of the Council’s Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson said:
“This year candidates returned to normality by sitting traditional exams for the first time since 2019, as the past two years were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Therefore, students have been awarded grades based on their exam results and related submitted course work.
“The positive SQA results come on the back of yet another challenging year for pupils, parents and staff and they confirm the hard work and dedication of all to maintain and improve attainment and I would like to congratulate all pupils and other key stakeholders for the positive results that have been achieved across Highland.”
Fourth year young people have helped achieve the highest pass rate in the last 3 years for those attaining 5 or more National 5 qualifications, an increase of 4.9% from 2019.
Results in Maths at the same level have seen significant improvement from 2019 with entries increased by 5%, with 93% of pupils achieving overall pass marks.
At Higher level for S5 learners, there was an increase in those achieving 1 or more Higher awards. 19% of pupils gained at least 1 Advanced Higher, an increase of 1.8% from 2019 and an increase of 6% in grade A passes.
A fuller picture will be available later in the year when other accreditation including college courses, foundation apprenticeships and wider achievement accreditation are finalised.
Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning, Nicky Grant said:
“This is fantastic news.
“This signals a real shift in the levels of exam results coming through in the Highlands.
“I am particularly pleased that an important key subject such as Maths has dramatically improved as it demonstrates that the range of targeted actions and improvement has really paid off.
“These results mean that many young people will be able to follow their dreams and ambitions.
“I wish to thank all the parents and carers for their support and encouragement.
“I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to all the staff, our support staff, teaching staff, specialist staff and central staff.
“The awards that our young people achieved today, offers them a solid foundation to thrive, strive and flourish whether they are living, studying and working in our communities or further afield.”
Nicky Grant added:
“For pupils who perhaps did not receive the results they were hoping for, I would encourage you to contact your school or the national Skills Development Scotland and/or SQA helpline as they can provide valuable advice to support you in the next steps for your future.”
SQA’s Candidate Advice Line service is free of charge and opens at 9am on Results Day.
The line can be reached on 0345 279 1000.
More information has been sent to learners’ homes and is available at sqa.org.uk/appeals
Skills Development Scotland’s Results Helpline: 0808 100 8000.
UCAS: 0371 468 0468 / Clearing resources can be found at ucas.com/clearing-launch