Star performers: School where half of candidates got new top grade at A-Level
THIS is the first year A-levels have carried a possible Astar rating, with Scottish independent schools achieving high performances in the grade.
The grading was introduced to help universities in English distinguish between the best candidates.
St Mary’s Music School saw 50 per cent of candidates achieve the new top A* grade, with 40 per cent of Kilgraston pupils achieving the same.
George Heriot’s again performed highly as it did in Highers and in the new Scottish Baccalaureate, with 25 per cent gaining an A*.
The new grade of the Englishbased exam was introduced by qualifications boards south of the Border after complaints that too many achieved As. St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh topped Scotland’s table for A-levels with 51.5 per cent gaining an A-grade and St Mary’s Music School a close second at 50 per cent.
High in the table for Advanced Highers’ passes was St George’s School for Girls with 100 per cent passing the exams and a high 59.3 per cent gaining an A-grade. The Edinburgh Rudolph Steiner School came top but had just three pupils take the qualifications.
Close behind St George’s was high-performing George Heriot’s with 52.3 per cent gaining an A.
Hutchesons’ Grammar in Glasgow also had a good set of results with 92.3 per cent of candidates passing their Highers and 56.3 gaining an A-grade. At Advanced Higher, 89.7 per cent passed and 41.1 per cent gained an A-grade.
Dr Ken Greig, Hutchesons’ headmaster, said: “We are very happy with our results, which show we continue year after year to be one of the topperforming schools.”
Across the sector, nearly three-fifths of all Standardgrade entries and two-fifths of Intermediate 1 entries were awarded the top grade.
Lathallan School in Angus celebrated its first set of Higher examination results with 45 per cent of fifth-year pupils achieving five good Highers. The school is undergoing a process of expansion to upper secondary and this was the first time pupils had reached the Higher exam stage.
Headmaster Richard Toley said: “It is particularly rewarding to see the success that our first cohort has had and supports our emphasis on a curriculum that places as much prominence outside the classroom as in it. We have been especially pleased with pupils who have come to us and succeeded where previously they had not.”