Pupils find out their grades

In­di­ca­tions show good per­for­mances

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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