Pupils set high standard with exam results

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STANDARD Grade passes at the high school are the highest since the government began recording statistics in 1999.

But temporary head teacher Susan Oliver revealed that while Higher results had improved, pupils achieving three or more Higher passes has fallen by two per cent – although she stressed this was before any appeals have been submitted.

The nervous wait for youngsters was over on Tuesday as the annual exam results – Standard Grade, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher – were revealed.

A total of 93 per cent of Hawick pupils passed at least five Standard Grade subjects and 33 per cent achieved five or more passes at Credit 
level.

Mrs Oliver, who has taken temporary charge following the departure of Alan Williamson at the end of last term, told the Hawick News this week she was pleased with the results attained.

She said: “We’re proud of the excellent achievements of so many of our young people, as a result of their hard work, the support of their families, and the time and effort put in by school staff.

“I’m looking forward to working with all members of the school community to ensure progress continues in the new session.”

The Borders-wide picture shows an overall pass rate of 91 per cent.

Glenn Rodger, director of education at Scottish Borders Council, said: “This is particularly pleasing in a year where teachers and school management teams have been working intensively on the creation and implementation of new courses for S1-S3 pupils alongside preparing the new S4-S6 senior 
phase.”

At Higher level, the pass-rate across all nine secondary schools and subject areas varied between 72 per cent and 84 per cent.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, executive member for education, said: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to pupils across the region for their achievements in their exams and across their course work.”

Any pupils who have concerns or queries about their results can visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/examresults for more information or advice.