Positive results for performance, attainment and achievement for primary and secondary schools in wards 15 and 16 were widely approved when they were presented to the Glenrothes Area Committee, reports NEIL HENDERSON.
Latest figures point to a number of ‘positive indicators’ which highlight that at least 30 per cent of all secondary pupils are achieving a minimum of five credits, the first time since 2004 that schools have been meeting the national average figures.
But councillors were told that while the amount of pupils achieving more than five highers had increased from three to six per cent since 2009, the potential was there to achieve the 10 per cent target originally planned for.
Committee members were also told that “the die is cast in fourth year” and that better results in this year is the key and by the fifth and sixth years it is difficult to improve.
The report also highlighted a need to focus on raising the aspirations of both pupils and parents at Auchmuty High School.
Plans to build on improvements by focusing on a wider range of extracurricular clubs and activities which make a huge impact on the attainment of the pupil were also discussed.
Councillor Bill Kay highlighted the need to concentrate on the pupils in the centre who have average attainment of three highers with a view to increasing their chances of reaching five highers.
Council Leader, Peter Grant, reflecting on the report agreed with Councillor Kay’s sentiments said: “There is still too many pupils who are accepted as ‘average’, there must now be a greater push to improve and we must intervene earlier in life to stop the 10 - 20 per cent of pupils failing.
“I am reassured we have targeted the wider curriculum, which is so important.
“Pupils have to prove a wider involvement and engagement in activities outside of the class room, these make a huge difference to life chances while improving other skills.”