Star per­form­ers: School where half of can­di­dates got new top grade at A-Level

The Scotsman - - News -

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.”

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