Rector hails ‘significant improvements’

High school rector Kevin McClory has welcomed “significantly improved” exam results and says the best ever advanced higher figures are down to the hard work of pupils and staff.

Speaking this week, the rector said that although final analysis wasn’t available, he would be happy to provide a comprehensive breakdown in the next week or two.

And he added: “Our school is making continued and steady progress in improving attainment and this is due to the hard work of our staff and pupils with the ongoing support of our parents and carers.

“In S4 we have improved on the number of our young people achieving five qualifications in their National 5 exams. Our S5 results last year were the best Higher results in the past eight years. This year we have improved on these results yet again.”

And he added that the best improvement was the impressive results at Higher and Advanced Higher: “Our S6 Higher and Advanced Higher results have improved significantly and are the highest ever achieved.”

Mr McClory continued: “As a school we are working hard to develop the quality of our teaching and our systems and structures which I believe will ensure we continue to improve the attainment of all our young people.”

Across the Borders there has been an increase in the number of pupils obtaining Advanced Highers with more young people achieving qualifications compared to 2014. Significantly, there has been a nine per cent increase in the number of pupils achieving A Grade passes and a continued positive overall pass rate at grades A-D of 90 per cent.

All key performance measures have improved for sixth-year pupils in 2015 compared to 2014, and the number of pupils receiving A Grade passes at Higher level rose by four per cent to 39 per cent, compared to 35 per cent in 2014, while 88 per cent of pupils received an overall pass rate at A-D level.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s executive member for education, said: “These results are a strong testament to the commitment, dedication and hard work that has been shown over the past year.”