Ar­ran pupils pro­duce some ex­cel­lent re­sults

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Ar­ran High School head teacher Barry Smith has praised the ef­forts of pupils and staff at the school as they once again cel­e­brate a suc­cess­ful year of ex­em­plary re­sults from pupils tak­ing their SQA ex­ams.

With the pupils back at school fol­low­ing their exam re­sults last week, early in­di­ca­tions are that the Higher re­sults per­for­mance is the best for at least five years.

Mr Smith said: ‘Although we do not yet have the of­fi­cial data re­lease from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment In­sight Bench­mark­ing tool, our own cal­cu­la­tions tell us that once again this year the per­for­mance of our young peo­ple in SQA ex­am­i­na­tions has been very strong. For the third year in suc­ces­sion we have in­creased the num­ber of Level 5 (Na­tional 5) and Level 6 (Higher) qual­i­fi­ca­tions be­ing at­tempted by our stu­dents, which demon­strates the high as­pi­ra­tions and am­bi­tions we have for the young peo­ple of Ar­ran. Whilst there is still room for fur­ther im­prove­ment in all ar­eas, the qual­ity of qual­i­fi­ca­tions our stu­dents at­tained in S4, S5 and S6 has im­proved again this year.

‘The over­all per­for­mance of our young peo­ple at Higher is at the high­est level for at least five years. This is as a di­rect re­sult of the tire­less ef­fort of all of our staff through­out some very chal­leng­ing times, the hard work and ap­pli­ca­tion of our young peo­ple and the tremen­dous sup­port of par­ents and the wider com­mu­nity. I would like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved with the school for help­ing us to con­tinue to at­tain the high stan­dards we ex­pect, en­sur­ing ev­ery young per­son who leaves Ar­ran High School can do so know­ing they have the skills, at­tributes and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, sup­ported by rel­e­vant SQA qual­i­fi­ca­tions, to con­fi­dently take their next steps in life.’

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Achiev­ing five Highers or six Na­tional Fives are S6 pupils Ben Down­ing, Lewis Coyne, Ross Kerr and Bethany Walsh and S5 pupils Rachel Janse van Rens­burg, Ab­bie McKelvie, Ali­son Provan and Cailean Robert­son. The suc­cess­ful pupils are pic­tured with head teacher Barry Smith.

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