Exam table doesn’t tell whole story...

Approach to Buckhaven High School
Approach to Buckhaven High School

An East Fife school has featured near the bottom of the Kingdom’s league table - based on pupils’ exam results.

Buckhaven High had just three per cent of its pupils achieving five Highers or more in 2013, according to the figures released by the Scottish Government.

The information allows state schools in Scotland to be ranked based on the percentage of the S4 roll who go on to pass five or more Highers in S5.

Performing only slightly better was Kirkland High School and Community College which had just four percent of pupils attaining five or more Highers.

However, Waid Academy in Anstruther was shown to be a good performer with ten per cent of pupils achieving five or more Higher grades.

The top performing school in Fife was Madras College which had 19 per cent of pupils securing five or more Higher grades and the worst was Viewforth High in Kirkcaldy which only had one per cent.

The tables illustrate the gap between schools in affluent areas and those in more deprived parts. Common among all the best-performing secondaries was the low numbers of children receiving free school meals.

For example while only 10.8 per cent of pupils had free school meals at Madras, there were 34.4 per cent of pupils receiving free dinners at Kirkland High.

Joe Fitzpatrick, head of the Council’s education service, said strategies have been developed to support disadvantaged children achieve their potential.