Laura Mason, students and Karen Connaghan.

By Democrat reporter

West Dunbartonshire pupils are celebrating after achieving their best ever National 5 exam results since the introduction of the new National qualifications.

Figures out today show West Dunbartonshire schools are performing above the national average, with a local pass rate of 81.63% for National 5 and 76.70% at Highers compared to the Scottish average of 78.20% and 74.80% respectively.

2,117 pupils sat exams this year in West Dunbartonshire with 2,087 ­- 99% – achieving one or more qualification.

The results also show a record number of pupils passed their National 5 exams.  Of the 1,366, young people presented, 86% of pupils achieved one or more passes—up 2% from last year.

Figures also show 94% of students at National 4 and 90% of National 3 pupils gained an award.

After a year of hard work and studying, 925 students sitting Highers, 84% achieved one or more passes and 159 Advanced Higher pupils—78% achieved one or more passes—an increase of 2% on last year’s results.

Schools and our partner West College Scotland have introduced a range of new courses including: Computer Games Design; Enterprise and Employability; Leadership and Foundation Apprenticeships offering modern routes to employment or education beyond school.

Some highlights across West Dunbartonshire include:

  • Strong presentation and percentage pass rate – S4 N5 –Administration, Computing, Music and PE
  • Strong presentation and percentage pass rate – S5&6 Higher – Music, Administration and Accounting

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our pupils. It is very encouraging to see the progress made, in particular by the students who achieved record results in their National 5 exams.  I’m pleased that our continuing and successful partnership working has enabled us to increase the range of courses and qualifications available to our young people to meet their needs and offer students the next step on their educational journey. As Convener it is reassuring to see schools maintaining their consistently good performance. This reflects both the hard work of our pupils and the dedication of the teachers who support them.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “The progress being made at National 5 level will open up new opportunities for our pupils.  I would like to thank all of our partners who have worked with us to increase the opportunities we offer for our pupils. I want to congratulate all our of pupils on their achievements this year in national qualifications and wish them every success in the future”

Laura Mason, Chief Education Officer, said: “I would like to congratulate all our pupils for their hard work over the last year and also thanks our dedicated teaching staff who are committed to ensuring every pupil is educated, motivated and inspired to reach their goals. We are extremely proud of our pupils whose hard work throughout the year has seen them achieve positive results which will allow them to move onto the next stage of their education.”

Exam results in Argyll and Bute

The majority of pupils in Argyll and Bute are celebrating today, having gained the qualifications they were hoping for.

Nationally there has been a reduction in pass rates and we are analysing what this means for young people in Argyll and Bute. A report will be put to Community Services Committee later in the year.

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Yvonne McNeilly

The council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said:  “Pupils and teachers should be proud of their efforts and I would like to congratulate them all and thank them for their hard work.

“We are determined to do everything we can to ensure that our children and young people are given every opportunity to achieve success in their lives and to move onto positive destinations.

“There are many ways that our young people can make positive progress and access appropriate pathways into work, even if they did not receive the results they were hoping for.

“We work very closely with our partners at Skills Development Scotland and the Job Centre to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, and to help our young people raise their ambitions so that they can develop and succeed. The council has also developed its own award-winning modern apprenticeship scheme.

“Should any young person need further support or advice at this time direct contact can be made to their school.”

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