The Council has praised Clackmannanshire’s young people, and thanked school staff and parents and carers, on a successful set of SQA results for this year’s exam diet.
Our results this year reflect the huge amount of diversity in young peoples’ pathways through our education system with no learner journey being the same. Our schools ensure that each young person is able to fulfil their potential by attaining the highest level of qualifications possible with better option choice and support so they receive the best possible experience and follow the appropriate learner journey to help them reach a positive destination. This year’s results reporting an increase in the range of qualification levels our young people have achieved from National 2 to Advanced Higher.
This year almost 1000 young people were awarded at least one SQA qualification. Over 1500 National 5 qualifications were awarded across our senior phase with 30% achieving an ‘A’ pass. There was more variety in the choice of qualifications with consortia arrangements across all three secondary schools for studying Highers / Advanced Highers proving to be successful. In particular there were 28% more Advanced Highers awarded this year than last. These qualifications can lead to college, university or Technical Apprenticeships.
The overall pass rate improved within the S4 cohort (4th Year) reflecting the investment from the Scottish Attainment Challenge and Pupil Equity Funding (PEF), as well as additional support from teaching staff during extra support sessions in schools. More young people achieved 3 or more Highers with increased numbers of young people choosing to study Foundation Apprenticeships alongside Highers across all our schools.
Our most disadvantaged young people had some notable successes. Despite adverse circumstances, some of our young people have gained qualifications which will lead to apprenticeships, further education, training and employment.
This year a number of our young people have successfully achieved Foundation Apprenticeships, National Certificates and Higher National Certificates as part of their Senior Phase in our schools and in partnership with Forth Valley College. More than half who completed their course passed, which is an improvement on last year. A significant increase of our young people studied a wide range of subjects with around a third successfully returning for a second year as part of their Foundation Apprenticeship. In particular, the number of young people choosing to study for a Foundation Apprenticeship increased last year from 2 to 29.
Education spokesperson Councillor Graham Lindsay said: “I am delighted to see this set of results for our young people in Clackmannanshire. They reflect the increasing range of qualifications and awards that are now being made available across the Senior Phase in our schools, and in partnership with the College. This improving trend in education demonstrates the hard work and commitment from all our schools staff and parents and carers. I would like to congratulate the pupils on their success and thank everyone involved."