Exam re­sults show im­prove­ment

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Many young peo­ple across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang cel­e­brated when they re­ceived their exam re­sults yes­ter­day (Tues­day).

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said early anal­y­sis of the re­sults – which were dis­trib­uted by post, text mes­sage and email – showed there had been im­prove­ment across all ar­eas.

Stu­dents aged 15 to 18 re­ceived re­sults for Na­tional 5, Higher and Ad­vanced higher tests com­pleted in May and June.

Jim Gil­hooly, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing time of the year for young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies as they re­ceive their exam re­sults from the SQA. I of­fer my con­grat­u­la­tions to all this year’s can­di­dates on their achieve­ments.

“Early in­di­ca­tions are that young peo­ple in South La­nark­shire have per­formed very well and re­sults across all ar­eas con­tinue to im­prove. This is tes­ta­ment to the hard work of the pupils and their teach­ers and the lev­els of sup­port pro­vided by par­ents and car­ers and clearly demon­strates that our young peo­ple have high am­bi­tions and are achiev­ing suc­cess.”

He added: “Exam re­sults are im­por­tant but they need to be con­sid­ered in the con­text of the devel­op­ment of a range of skills and com­pe­ten­cies as these are also im­por­tant fac­tors in en­abling young peo­ple to en­ter the world of work or to move into fur­ther or higher ed­u­ca­tion.

“Whilst the ma­jor­ity will re­ceive the grades they were hop­ing for we should also re­mem­ber that even if there has been some dis­ap­point­ment there is al­ways sup­port and guid­ance on hand to help ev­ery­one build on their achieve­ments in a pos­i­tive way.”

Coun­cil­lor Jean McKe­own, chair of the ed­u­ca­tion re­sources com­mit­tee, said: “It is great to see so many young peo­ple achieve the suc­cess they de­serve and my con­grat­u­la­tions go to all pupils who gained a wide range of na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions and awards. It is a re­ward for all their hard work and the sup­port pro­vided by our teach­ers.”

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