Pupils pass with flying colours ...

Kirkcaldy High School
Kirkcaldy High School

KIRKCALDY’S four secondary schools have recorded improved exam performances this year.

But while results at Standard grade are generally above both the Fife and Scottish averages, there’s still room for improvement at Higher level.

St Andrew's High School

St Andrew's High School

Across Fife, pass rates are below the Scottish average, and the Council has already announced plans to invest more money to improve attainment.

Balwearie, St Andrew’s, Viewforth and Kirkcaldy all recorded a higher percentage of S4 pupils passing five or more Standard grades compared to last year, with the first three outperforming the Scottish average.

Slight drop

However, Kirkcaldy High recorded a drop in the percentage of S4 pupils who went on to pass three or more Highers in S5. Although the other three recorded increases, only Balwearie was above average.

Details of pass rates for schools across Scotland were published this month.

Previously, Craig Munro, Fife Council’s head of education, and Councillor Bryan Poole, executive spokesman for education, praised pupils for their efforts in their exams.

Mr Munro said: “Special praise must go to the 282 pupils in Fife who achieved straight As in their Higher exams – that’s the highest it has ever been – and to the 125 candidates who achieved straight 1s at Standard Grade.”

Cllr Poole added: “As well as the efforts of the pupils themselves, I would like to acknowledge the support and encouragement of their parents, carers, family, and their teachers.”

Education investment

Efforts to improve exam performance levels have been included in Fife Council’s draft budget, with the Labour administration proposing a £2.5m investment targeted at raising the attainment of the lowest performing pupils.

Council leader Alex Rowley said: “Too many of our young people in Fife fail to reach their full potential because of the corrosive impacts of poverty. We want to target additional resources towards schools which serve children most at risk of the negative effects of deprivation.

“This will reduce the gap between the lowest performing 20 per cent of pupils and their peers.

“These young people need to experience high quality learning, to be taught by highly motivated teachers and to receive encouragement in a climate of the highest expectations.”