The only way is up for Ar­ran High School pupils

The school saw its over­all at­tain­ment im­prove for the third suc­ces­sive year

The Arran Banner - - News - Words and pic­tures by HUGH BOAG

More pupils than ever be­fore passed higher and ad­vance higher ex­ams at Ar­ran High School this year as the school saw its over­all at­tain­ment im­prove for the third suc­ces­sive year.

That was the pos­i­tive mes­sage head teacher Barry Smith gave at the school’s an­nual award cer­e­mony held on Wed­nes­day Set­pem­ber 6. As re­ported in last week’s Ban­ner the school this year has a joint dux in Ali­son Provan and Rachel Janse Van Rens­burg.

Giv­ing his ad­dress to par­ents at the awards night Mr Smith said: ‘Ar­ran High School’s at­tain­ment has con­tin­ued on an im­prov­ing trend for the third straight year and this year we can cel­e­brate not only a fur­ther in­crease in the av­er­age num­ber of Na­tional 5 qual­i­fi­ca­tions achieved by our S4 stu­dents, but also the best at­tain­ment at higher and ad­vanced higher level across S5 and S6, that the school has seen.

‘This year more than 60 per cent of our stu­dents left to go to uni­ver­sity or col­lege, with an even split be­tween em­ploy­ment and ap­pren­tice­ships for the re­main­der. These suc­cess­ful school leaver des­ti­na­tions rely on part­ner­ships and I con­tinue to be very grate­ful for the de­gree of en­gage­ment from the busi­ness com­mu­nity on Ar­ran, in par­tic­u­lar through our school-em­ployer fo­rum and Visit-Ar­ran which work to de­velop the path­ways that pro­vide greater and more var­ied op­por­tu­ni­ties for our young peo­ple to de­velop skills for life and work.

‘The achieve­ment of our young peo­ple be­yond the aca­demic realm con­tin­ues to be a huge strength of our school. Last year saw a num­ber of our young­sters con­tinue the tra­di­tion of mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence by per­form­ing with the North Ayr­shire schools and West of Scot­land schools orches­tra, as well as hav­ing the win­ner of the NAC young tra­di­tional mu­si­cian of the year Bethany Walsh and the run­ner up in the NAC young rock and pop mu­si­cian Emily Di­vine. Ex­cep­tional achieve­ments for these stu­dents.

‘Sport con­tin­ues to be a ma­jor strength in our school and our young sports lead­ers are sec­ond to none, plan­ning and lead­ing lunchtime and af­ter school sports ses­sions for both high school and pri­mary school stu­dents. In all 25 sep­a­rate sports were of­fered over the past year. The strength of their com­mit­ment has led to fur­ther lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and the qual­ity of their work be­ing recog­nised with a Na­tional Sport Scot­land Award. One of our young am­bas­sadors, Ross Dob­son, is part of the sport-Scot­land young am­bas­sadors con­fer­ence team and was recog­nised as the first young am­bas­sador of the month for Scot­land in Jan­uary 2017.

‘Last year, 80 per cent of our high school stu­dents at­tended at least one ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar sport­ing ac­tiv­ity, the high­est level of en­gage­ment across all

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Head teacher Barry Smith praised the work of the school cap­tains be­hind him.

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