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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.

Of young people are leaving school with five or more Highers
Increase from 2014
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

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

Watch: SQA advice for Scottish pupils on results day

The Scottish Qualifications Authority has made a video to help pupils who have questions about their exam results, and what to do next.

You can watch it here.


The exam results are out for Scottish students - but how did they do?

The wait is over for thousands of students in the region after the Scottish Highers and National qualification exam results were published today.

Nationally, the number of students gaining a C-grade or above in their Highers was 77.1 per cent In the Borders that figure was 80 per cent, while in Dumfries and Galloway had it's best result for Highers for a decade, with a 78.4 per cent pass rate.

Depending on their exams results, pupils will now have to make a choice about what to do when they leave school.

They can choose to go on to higher education, start an apprenticeship or even go straight into work.

Lori Carnochan met two young men who want the same job, but have chosen very different career paths.

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