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I’m de­lighted that when I’ve picked up my copy of the Re­former in re­cent weeks I have seen this news­pa­per fo­cus­ing on the achieve­ments of lo­cal school pupils.

Quite right too – our young peo­ple con­tinue to make their families proud by work­ing hard to get good re­sults.

Just last week, the Re­former car­ried a re­port fol­low­ing the awards cer­e­mony which was held at the end of last term to mark the prizes won by Stonelaw High School pupils.

In the weeks be­fore that it was the turn of the young folk of Trin­ity and Cathkin High - and this news­pa­per fre­quently fea­tures pupils at th­ese and our other lo­cal schools who have done well aca­dem­i­cally or in some other no­table way.

And I’m pleased to say that there is lots to cel­e­brate across South La­nark­shire af­ter this year’s exam re­sults were posted, with the num­ber of Higher exam passes at a record high.

An over­all pass rate of 77 per cent was achieved across South La­nark­shire for the first time, while at Na­tional 4 and Na­tional 5 level, the re­spec­tive pass rates were 88.4 per cent and 83.2 per cent.

This was the first year of those new ex­ams un­der changes to the na­tional cur­ricu­lum, and it’s worth not­ing how much ef­fort teach­ers have put in to make th­ese changes work lo­cally.

The good exam re­sults re­flect re­ally well on our lo­cal teach­ers.

Of course, first and fore­most, th­ese re­sults are ter­rific for the pupils them­selves. It takes a lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to get good grades, and the bet­ter our kids do at school the bet­ter their prospects will be when they en­ter the job mar­ket.

It goes with­out say­ing, too, that the sup­port of par­ents and car­ers is in­valu­able to young peo­ple as they ap­proach their ex­ams - from of­fer­ing words of en­cour­age­ment to putting up with the oc­ca­sional teenage tantrum! Well done par­ents too, for that!

In fact, I’d say this year’s exam re­sults should bring a sense of pride to all of us in South La­nark­shire, where we can jus­ti­fi­ably claim we have cre­ated the best schools es­tate in Scot­land, if not the best in Bri­tain.

Re­former read­ers al­ready know how proud I am of the way your coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion is ful­fill­ing its pledge to re­build and re­fur­bish South La­nark­shire’s schools.

Ev­ery sec­ondary school has al­ready been mod­ernised, cre­at­ing a first-class learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for al­most 19,000 pupils. I firmly be­lieve that nur­tur­ing young peo­ple in fit-for-pur­pose class­rooms is be­ing re­warded with exam re­sults like those ob­tained this year.

The ben­e­fits will only grow, year af­ter year as more pupils en­joy more of their time in our mod­ern schools. We’re cur­rently about 80 per cent through our pri­mary school mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme, with 18,600 younger pupils al­ready in the best, mod­ern class­rooms. We will soon open our 100th new or re­fur­bished pri­mary school.

Our school im­prove­ments ben­e­fit ev­ery­one. They are plac­ing at­trac­tive new build­ings in neigh­bour­hoods across South La­nark­shire, and they are help­ing cre­ate gen­er­a­tions who are geared up for aca­demic suc­cess and who have real rea­sons to be proud of where they come from.

De­lighted Coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy is tak­ing pride in school re­sults

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