Tuesday was red letter day for thousands of Fife teenagers who received the results of Standard Grades, Highers and Advanced Highers.
And initial indications from Kirkcaldy’s four high schools – Kirkcaldy, Balwearie, Viewforth and St Andrews – indicate great success with further increases in the number of pupils gaining the qualifications they need to hopefully go on to positive futures.
Results across the board from S4 to S6 showed an improvement in Fife and across Scotland this year, meaning even more competition for further education places than ever before.
James More, rector of Balwearie High School, said: “Our initial analysis shows a very good performance from our S4 pupils in their S-grade courses, considerably better than predicted from their P7 assessments and an excellent performance from our S5/6 pupils with an increased number of pupils achieving three or more Highers and indeed 5 or more Highers.”
Lynn Porter, head teacher at Viewforth High, said: “I am delighted that all of the hard work and commitment of pupils, parents and staff have resulted in very positive exam results. Our S6 results are the best that the school has achieved and the percentage of pupils achieving 5+ Credit passes in S4 exceeded the ambitious target we had set for our pupils. Our pupils worked hard and they should be proud of their achievements.”
Derek Allan rector of Kirkcaldy High School, said: “I’m very pleased with the trends, which show a strong overall improvement in both Standard Grade and Higher attainment. The percentage leaving school in S6 with three or more Highers is our highest figure in recent years. Our young people have been well supported by their teachers and support staff and the vast majority have met their personal targets, allowing them to access employment or apprenticeship opportunities or make the standard for college or university.”
Patrick Callaghan head teacher at St Andrews High, added: “I am extremely happy with the overall results this year achieved by S4, 5 and 6 pupils. Particularly impressive has been the large increase in S4 pupils achieving five Credit passes or more in this, the last year for Standard Grade exams. Pupils in S5 achieving at least one Higher pass is at its highest for five years and, as well as an increase in the number of pupils in S6 gaining an Advanced Higher pass, we were delighted that some of our most academic pupils achieved an additional Baccalaureate qualification to add to their successes.”
All four schools provided staff to help advise pupils on what to do next if they did not do as well as they had hoped.
Congratulating Fife’s young people, Councillor Bryan Poole, Fife Council’s spokesman for education, said: “Exam success isn’t just the result of secondary school teachers and pupils working hard to pass exams, it’s a cumulative result of dedication from staff across Fife Council’s education service. From the time our children enter nursery, through primary school and into secondary school we have committed staff who are striving to help them.”