Local pupils beat national average
Schools excel in curriculum assessments
Rutherglen and Cambuslang pupils are among those achieving above national levels in Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) assessments, proving hard work really does pay off.
Staff and pupils are rising to and above the challenges of the CfE, according to the latest statistics.
The 2016/17 figures show a year-on-year improvement in CfE assessments in literacy and numeracy categories for pupils in P1, P4, P7 and S3 throughout the area.
Councillor Katy Loudon, South Lanarkshire Council chairwoman of education resources, told the Reformer: “These figures are very encouraging and are only to be welcomed. Our pupils’ achievements are testament to their hard work, and that of our school staff.”
The Cambuslang East representative added: “Setting a pupil’s personal progress against expected Curriculum for Excellence levels at these four key stages from primary one to S3 offers South Lanarkshire schools a powerful tool to help track progress as children develop.”
Tony McDaid, executive director of education resources, said: “We are delighted to see the positive progress being made by our schools in taking forward our commitment to improve standards in literacy and numeracy, and in closing the poverty-related gap between the most and least disadvantaged.
“Our schools in the Cambuslang and Rutherglen areas will continue to ensure equity of opportunity for all pupils to become happier, healthier young people who are thriving and achieving their potential.”
Figures available on the three local authority secondary schools – Cathkin, Stonelaw and Trinity – show S3 pupil performance in literacy and numeracy being maintained, and in many cases, dramatically improved.
Figures on Cathkin High indicate a dramatic improvement from the previous year, with the percentage of S3 pupils achieving qualifications up by as much as 20 per cent in some categories.
At Trinity High, pupils achieving qualification at S3 are up 10 per cent in three categories and maintained at the previous year’s levels in the fourth.
Trinity headteacher Peter Bollen was heartened by his school’s performance.
He enthused:“The entire school can be pleased with the work that has been put in. Working alongside other colleagues at other schools, we are happy to have contributed to the strong performance of South Lanarkshire.”
Mr Bollen explained that a strong emphasis on literacy played a part in the success of Trinity pupils.
“It has been all about taking steps to create a culture of reading and then entering into the debates around it,” he said.
“We started at Trinity with the novel Wonder that was read by the entire school, including staff. Next came the very topical My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece, with a terrorism theme, for S1 to S3 and a visit by the author, Annabel Pitcher.”
The head teacher added that the while the publication of the assessment figures is relatively new, they have been used as a guide internally for a number of years.
Of the 18 primary schools in the area, shining stars included Cairns Primary in Halfway – which improved in two of the four criteria areas for its primary one, four and seven pupils combined; and St Anthony’s Primary, which maintained its 2015/2016 figures for the same class groups.
Mr McDaid added: “As well as raising attainment, our schools do excellent work in supporting young people’s health and wellbeing, and our teachers and staff have been working hard over the last year in moderating and assessing the work of pupils whilst developing their interests in reading, writing, and numeracy.”
Delighted Education boss Tony McDaid