Good scores but do exam tables tell whole story?

Auchmuty High School
Auchmuty High School

A Glenrothes school has proved to be a top performer in a nationwide league table based on exam results which was published recently.

Auchmuty High had 14 per cent of its pupils achieving five Highers or more in 2013, according to the figures released annually by the Scottish Government. The figures allow state schools to be ranked based on the percentage of the S4 roll who go on to pass five or more Highers in S5.

Glenwood High and Glenrothes High didn’t fare too badly in the Fife league table either with seven per cent of pupils at Glenwood attaining five or more Highers and six per cent of pupils at Glenrothes.

The top performing school in Fife was Madras College which had 19 per cent of pupils securing five or more Higher grades.

The tables illustrated the gap between schools in affluent areas and those in more deprived parts of the country.

Common among all the best-performing secondaries was the relatively low numbers of children receiving free school meals. For example while only 10.8 per cent of pupils received free school meals at Madras, there were 22.3 per cent of pupils taking free dinners at Glenrothes High.

Joe Fitzpatrick, head of the Council’s education service, said Fife’s schools were making good progress.

He said short, medium and long-term strategies have been developed which will help close the educational gap between them, and support children from more disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential.

He said: “In Fife we should be proud of the progress made and the continuing improvements in raising attainment and achievement for more young Fifers. This year’s SQA results and Curriculum for Excellence in the primary sector showed improvement across all levels which we regard as positive indicators of our approach. We have a lot of hard work ahead but we are already showing positive gains in our results. We will continue to develop Fife’s approach and assess the impact regularly to ensure maximum gains in attainment.”