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Scottish exam results revealed

Pupils that took Higher and National Four and Five exams before the end of term found out their results today.

It's the first time pupils have sat a new version of Highers.

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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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