Arran pupils produce some excellent results
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.’
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.