Praise as youngsters prove hard work pays off with results that are better than the national average
Thousands of Fife pupils received their long-awaited exam results through the post on Tuesday.
For some the grades will mark the start of further years of study while others, who may not have got the results they wished for, are being told not to panic but to contact their schools for guidance on the next steps.
Kirkcaldy’s secondary schools expressed initial optimism about this year’s results, although they said that more time would be needed for analysis, particularly with the introduction of the new National examinations this year.
At Balwearie High School, rector James More said: “Our analysis of the S4 results is at an early stage but pupil performance in the new National qualifications looks very good. The commitment of pupils and staff to extra study sessions has clearly had a positive impact on the results and our pupils should be very proud of their achievements. We would like to thank parents for their encouragement in this first year of National 3, 4 and 5 qualifications.
“The S5 and S6 results are very good with some outstanding individual performances and the majority of candidates showing improvement from their prelim grades.
“The school is open between now and the start of term for pupils or parents who need advice on any aspect of the SQA results.”
At Viewforth High, rector Adrian Watt added: “It is a bit early to be specific at the first glance, but things are looking very good and there will be many happy homes in Dysart and the east of Kirkcaldy this week.”
Ashlie Falconer (15), of Jean Armour Gardens, Kirkcaldy, is an S4 pupil at St Andrews High School.
She was delighted with her results at National 5 level and is looking forward to going on to study Highers next year.
Ashlie (pictured) said: “The Nationals include assignments which we do during the school year as well as an exam, so they give a better picture of how we are doing.
“I am really pleased as I wasn’t well for part of the term and we didn’t have a lot of time to fit in all our course work. I want to study astrophysics when I leave school.”
Region’s results are up, bucking national trend
More young Fifers than ever achieved the exam results they wanted this year – bucking the national trend which saw a slight drop in grades.
Results from S5 to S6 showed an improvement in Fife this year while initial feedback on the new S4 National results indicate an improving trend according to Fife Council.
Councillor Bryan Poole, executive spokesman for education, said: “Congratulations to all the young people who have worked hard and done their very best to get the results they were hoping for. I’d also like to thank staff who have supported our young people with such professionalism. This year has required staff to balance a new approach to the curriculum and exams with the existing framework. The results speak for themselves about how well they have done this.”
Donna Manson, head of education for west Fife, said: “Our aim is to support students to go on to do what they want, whether that is training, further education, apprenticeships or the world of work.
“This year we reviewed our curriculum and course models in secondary schools to accommodate the new exams.
‘‘We feel that our S4 pupils are now better placed to build on their skills and knowledge than ever before, having followed a more appropriate curriculum.
‘‘We are also confident that our approach is delivering well for all students including those from more disadvantaged backgrounds.
“We are pleased attainment in numeracy and literacy is up across the board at both Primary and Secondary level. It is important that these basics for life are built on steadily throughout a child’s education.”