The only way is up for Arran High School pupils
The school saw its overall attainment improve for the third successive year
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
Head teacher Barry Smith praised the work of the school captains behind him.