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Post-results helpline set up for students in Scotland

Over 240,000 students from S4 to S6 got their marks this morning Credit: ITV Border

Students across the South of Scotland learned their fate this morning as exam results were delivered either through the letter box, or by text.

Across the region, over 240,000 students from S4 to S6 got their marks this morning, however some student might not have gained the results they were expecting.

Skills Development Scotland have set up an exam results helpline for students seeking advice. The helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000 and is open from 8am to 8pm on 9 and 10 August and 9am to 5pm on weekdays until 12 August.

Royal mail will deliver thousands of exam results to pupils in Scotland this morning

Around 136,500 certificates will be posted Credit: PA

Royal Mail is delivering thousands of exam results on behalf of the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) today, Tuesday 8 August.

Around 136,500 certificates will be dropping through the letterboxes of pupils all across Scotland. Over 2,500 will be delivered to pupils in the TD postcode area.

Royal Mail say this is a massive day for pupils awaing results:

All of our postmen and women, many of whom have children themselves, understand just how important this day is for families. Our people pull out all the stops to ensure the results are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible. We have worked successfully with the SQA on exam result delivery for many years now and we are delighted to be playing our part in this special day once again.”

– Derek Keir, Head of Special Events Planning, Royal Mail

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Top marks for Border youngsters

There's been a record number of pupils gaining a Higher qualification in Scotland, with many pupils taking on the new-look Highers. Jenny Longden has been finding out if youngsters at Peebles High School have been getting top marks.

Peebles pupils celebrating exam success

The anxious wait is now over for thousands of pupils in the south of Scotland.

Those who took Higher and National Four and Five exams before the end of term found out their results this morning.

It's the first time pupils have sat a new version of the Highers exam, and a record number of Highers have been awarded.

Pupils at Peebles High School were amongst those celebrating:

I'm very pleased I got two As a B and a C.

I can do my advanced highers that I chose to do and I'm looking forward to it.

I want to go to university and study media and communications, hopefully go on to do radio when I'm older."

– Leia Devlin, Peebles High School

Borders pupils get best ever Higher results

Peebles pupils celebrate exam success Credit: ITV Border

Pupils in the Scottish Borders have recorded the region's best ever Higher pass rate.

34%
Of young people are leaving school with five or more Highers
4%
Increase from 2014
88%
Of pupils received an overall pass rate of A to D level

There was also an increase in the number of pupils achieving Advanced Highers, with a 9% jump in the number of school leavers who got A grade passes, and a 90% pass rate of grades between A and D.

This is the first year of the new curriculum for Scottish Highers, and Scottish Borders Council says the strong performance of its pupils demonstrates that the changes are working.

These results paint a highly positive picture for the young people of the Scottish Borders and are a strong testament to the commitment, dedication and hard work that has been shown over the past year by pupils, teachers, parents and carers alike.

What these results clearly show is that more young people are leaving education in the Scottish Borders with higher levels of qualifications and attainment and moving on to positive and sustained destinations. We have an increased number of qualifications being achieved by many more young people. Our teachers are more ambitious for our pupils and the adoption of an inclusive approach is providing them with greater employment or higher education opportunities."

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s Executive Member for Education

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Test results 'can't be compared with previous years'

Test results received by pupils in Dumfries and Galloway shouldn't be compared to last year's, because of changes to the system, according to the Chairman of the Council's Education Committee.

Councillor Jeff Leaver says the S4 results shouldn't be compared to previous years, but that in other categories schools and colleges in the region have improved:

Given the significant changes made to the exam system by the Scottish Government, this year’s S4 results can’t be compared with previous years as new exams and structures apply and these results will, therefore, need more time to assess.

However, in those areas which are directly comparable with previous years there has again been a very positive rise in attainment. For S5/S6 Highers and Advanced Highers there is an improvement in 6 out of 7 measures. So, I’d like to say well done to our pupils and thank you to our staff.”

– Councillor Jeff Leaver
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