Pupils find out their grades
Indications show good performances
S e co nd a r y pu p i l s in Rutherglen and Cambuslang received their exam results yesterday, with early indications suggesting they performed well.
The postman was welcomed by students at Cathkin, Stonelaw, Trinity and Rutherglen High as they finally discovered their grades after a summer of waiting.
Early indications at Cathkin High suggest an increase in the number of pupils achieving four or five Highers.
The school said yesterday the figure for four Highers had increased to just over 18 per cent while those achieving five increased by five per cent for fifth year pupils.
One delighted five Highers student Melissa McCarroll, was part of the assertive mentoring programme run by the school
She said: “I’m delighted with my results and feel the targeted support that the mentoring programme provided me with helped me get my five Highers, particularly Maths.”
Alana Daly, who also took advantage of the programme and was successful in attaining her five Higher passes, added: “It was important to have support from teachers who were happy to answer any question at any time.”
Head teacher Anne Marie McNair said: “The results reflect the hard work of not only our young people but of staff, parents and carers also. The results are key in ensuring our learners can progress to a positive destination.
“The entry requirements for university are such that pupils need to be attaining four or five Higher passes so it is vital that we have progressed so well in this key area of attainment.”
Chair of Cathkin High School Parent Council, Cheryl Burnett, added: “The supported study makes all the difference and this is down to the commitment that the teachers have for the pupils.
“They go over and above what is expected and they are always there for pupils.”
Stonelaw head teacher, Brenda McClachlan, said it was to early to comment on the overall picture.
But she offered advice for pupils, saying: “We have put out through a mailing to all pupils that if they need support following results that they should call the school and make an appointment for Wednesday - our Pupil Support Team and DHT (S5/S6) will be available on Wednesday for anyone needing support.
“They also at this time (if time allows on Wednesday) make a courtesy call to pupils in their House Group - this is just a general contact/ catch up post results to support all pupils.”
Rutherglen MSP, James Kelly said: “I’d like to congratulate all those who received their results on Tuesday.
“I know how hard pupils and teachers in Rutherglen and Cambuslang will have worked in the run-up to May’s exams, and I’m sure their efforts will have paid off.”
Further advice is available to pupils by either contacting their school or by calling Skills Development Scotland ( SDS) who will operate an Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000 from August 4 from 8am to 8pm and then from 9am to 5pm until August 12, or via www. skillsdevelpomentscotland. co.uk
The SQA candidate advice line will give general information to young people and answer questions about how their Scottish Qualifications Certificate is laid out, and they can be contacted on 0345 279 100 or www.sqa.org.uk
Top grades Alana Daly (left) and Melissa McCarroll from Cathkin High School in Cambuslang celebrate bagging five Highers each