A toast to the highest level of Highers recorded - ever

Linlithgow Academy's Jamie Mason and Hannah Cudmore.
Linlithgow Academy's Jamie Mason and Hannah Cudmore.
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Thirty per cent of S5 pupils in West Lothian are now passing at least three Highers or more – a one percent increase on last year’s results.

And the news was even better in West Lothian – the region scored its highest level of results ever.

West Lothian Council has now fully analysed exam statistics following May’s exams and there are a number of positives for pupils, parents and teachers.

One of the key highlights is that West Lothian’s 4th year pupils adjusted well to the new Curriculum for Excellence National Qualification (NQ) exam.

The NQ has replaced Standard Grade and Intermediate Qualifications, and focuses on grading courses at two different levels.

Statistics show that out of 12,828 4th year NQ entries, there was an overall pass rate of 87 per cent.

Students taking level five courses succeeded the national average pass mark of 81.1 per cent, with an outstanding pass rate of 83 per cent; that’s 6,611 A-C passes.

Meanwhile, S5 and S6 students continued to thrive in Higher and Advanced Higher exams.

The Higher results saw successful outcomes for students in S5.

The pass mark for one or more Highers achieved rose by three percent from the previous year to 52 per cent.

The percentage of S5 pupils passing five or more Highers was marked at 14 per cent – equal to the previous year’s highest ever level.

The number of S6 pupils gaining one or more Advanced Higher also increased to 18 per cent, one per cent more than last year’s results.

And locally, Linlithgow Academy saw some excellent results.

Those students attaining higher numbers of pass grades continued to be well above the national average.

Linlithgow Academy head teacher Karen Jarvis said: “I’d like to congratulate our pupils for their hard work and commitment during the exam period.

“As we all know, it can be a tense and nervous time for pupils. We are very pleased that the school continues to perform well and our attainment at higher level continues to be well above the national average.

“However, we will strive to ensure that we continually look to improve and build upon our hard work to date.”