MSP Praises Students, Teachers and Parents after Record Year for Inverclyde Exam Results

The whole of Inverclyde should be proud of the qualifications gained by Inverclyde’s young people, Stuart McMillan MSP has said, after today’s SQA results have revealed that the number of pupils gaining three or five Higher awards in S5 in Inverclyde’s schools is the highest ever.

In S5 33.5% achieved three passes and the number gaining five rose to 13.8%. Results for S6 pupils show another record year with almost two out of three – 64.5% – Inverclyde pupils leaving school with at least one Higher qualification. That figure has risen year-on-year for over 10 years.

The number of S4 pupils achieving five or more National 5 passes is at a 10 year high at 38.2%

Inverclyde schools have also achieved their best ever performance at Higher with 43.4% of S6 pupils leaving school with three awards, almost equalling last year’s record (28.9%) with 28.7% leaving school with five awards.

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Commenting on the figures, Stuart said:

“I would like to congratulate our young people for their excellence and achievement. Their teachers, parents and carers also deserve praise for their hard work and effort. Each and every one of them should be rightly proud of their achievements.

“We expect to see small variations in pass rates year-on-year, which demonstrate the high standards, strength and integrity of our national qualifications. This is of paramount importance.

“The much greater range of qualifications and skills-based awards demonstrates Curriculum for Excellence is successfully meeting the needs of young people and giving them the best chance of success in further learning, life and work. It is the right reform for Scottish education.

“The further steps we have set out to close the attainment gap and raise standards for all will build on these solid foundations.”

Stuart also highlighted that a free national helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents has now gone live.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a free helpline which will be open from 8am until 8pm on 8 and 9 August and from 9am until 5pm from 10 to 16 August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000.

Stuart said:

“If you get the results you are looking for, then that is fantastic. If you do better than expected or don’t get the grades you need this time round, then be certain that there are a huge number of options for you to consider and that there are a number of people available to support you.

“Whatever happens when the results come in, remember that it will be a beginning, rather than an end point and if you are not sure or are looking for some advice then please do use this free helpline.”

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