Record breaking results for Fife’s hard-working pupils

Jumping for joy - Catriona Fyffe (16), Jo Hamilton (15), Lewis Bissett (16) and Gillian Ness (16). Pic: FPA
Jumping for joy - Catriona Fyffe (16), Jo Hamilton (15), Lewis Bissett (16) and Gillian Ness (16). Pic: FPA

The wait is over for hundreds of anxious Fife school pupils who received their exam results on Tuesday.

And the Class of 2015 can take a bow after recording a record number of passes - 800 more Higher successes than last year!

Almost 350 (40 per cent) more S5 pupils got a pass in Higher English compared to 2014, while 85 (15 per cent) more got their Higher Maths.

And with more than ever achieving the results they wanted, universities and colleges have been swamped with a greater number of requests for places.

The new system for Highers, which was introduced this year through the Curriculum for Excellence reforms, show a record number of passes throughout Scotland.

Derek Allan, rector of Kirkcaldy High School told the Press: “We have a great number of pupils who will be delighted to have done so well.

“It is a reward for their hard work and also a tribute to the support they have received from their teachers and at home – it’s a team effort.

“It is difficult to interpret trends at this time, especially when there have been significant changes to the system, but I am pleased to report the key indicators look good - for example, the proportion of pupils gaining one, three or five Highers in their fifth year have all risen, and currently stand at best ever levels.”

Viewforth High school pupils gathered at the school on Tuesday to congratulate each other.

The school’s tracking and monitoring systems had given an early indication that 2015 would see a “bumper crop” of results as its widely admired Curriculum for Excellence provision begins to reap rewards, especially in S4.

Pupil Gillian Ness who lives in East Wemyss said she was “over the moon” with her Higher Chemistry as well as her five other top National 5 awards. She plans to take further Highers and Advanced Highers in S5 and S6 before going to university.

Jo Hamilton from S4 who lives in Dysart Road, admitted that the highlight of her very successful morning was the A grade in her Higher, while Catriona Fyfe of Bandon Avenue, who plans to study International Business after S6, admitted that she had had a sleepless night awaiting the results, but said that her parents were “really pleased” with the bumper crop of top Higher grades achieved by both herself and her brother Stewart.

Adrian Watt, rector, commented: “With this level of exam success and with another year of record numbers enrolling in the new S1, Viewforth has much to look forward as we start the final year before moving to our new building.

“Even for those who expect to do well, the build up to the publication of the exam results can be an anxious time.

“Many schools will have arrangements in place to support youngsters who wish to reconsider their next steps. Youngsters should be encouraged to seek support where they feel advice and support is needed.”

James More, rector at Balwearie High, said: “Our S4 pupils performed very well in their National 4 and National 5 qualifications building a broad and sound foundation for study in S5 - I spoke to a family celebrating the success of their son who achieved eight qualifications despite his dyslexic type difficulties and he has secured a place to study Construction at Fife College.

“The S5 performance was outstanding with 66 pupils achieving five Highers and a truly remarkable 17 achieving five A passes.

“One of our pupils who started in the Department of Additional Support achieved an Intermediate 2 pass - a fantastic achievement for him and credit to his parents and all the staff who supported him.”

Stats behind exams ...

The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) awarded 150,000 Higher passes - up 5.5 per cent on last year.

17.7% per cent rise on Higher English passes

15.2% per cent rise in Higher modern languages passes.

4% rise in Advanced Higher passes to a record level of 18,899.

70% passed the Higher Maths paper criticised for being too tough

107,000 students sat the new-style Higher exam

45,000 opted to get their results by text or email - but everyone got a certificates by post.

And if it didn’t go to plan ...

Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the skills body charity which supports people and businesses, is offering post-results advice this week.

It has a helpline on 0808 100 8000 until August 12, giving advice and support to youngsters and their parents about what to do next.

Youngsters who didn’t get an offer from a higher education institution can also turn to Undergraduate Courses at University and College (UCAS) website which points them in the right direction when it comes to filling out applications forms and picking the right course.