Pupils across Falkirk Council secondary schools have once again performed well in this year’s examinations.

Overall figures in 5th year attainment at Higher grade shows 34% of pupils achieved at least three highers, up from 30% in 2015. Pupils achieving at least five highers stayed the same as last year at 15%.  57% of pupils achieved at least one higher, an increase of 5% since 2015.

A small number of pupils also sat at least one Higher exam in fourth year. This year the success rate rose from 69 pupils in 2016 to 79 this year.

Councillor Adanna McCue, spokesperson for Education said: “There is much to celebrate for the pupils and teachers across Falkirk Council schools with another strong performance in the SQA exams.

“I appreciate all of the hard work by the staff and pupils who are continuing to raise standards of attainment and achievement, well done to everyone.”

By the end of sixth year, pupils showed significant improvement, with 45% of pupils gaining at least three highers compared to 40% in 2016. Pupils gaining at least five highers increased to 31% this year compared to 29% in 2016. The numbers gaining at least one Advanced Higher also increased.

S4 pupils also did well in the Nationals. The percentage of those achieving five or more National 5s (the most demanding National grade) remains high at 38%. 81% of pupils in fourth year gained five or more National 4 grades, a 2% increase from 2016.

Robert Naylor, Director of Children’s Services said: “This year’s SQA examination results shows continuous improvement and high levels of attainment within our secondary schools. The hard work put in by pupils, staff and parents has delivered a good set of results.  Our young people should be very proud of their achievements.”

Any parents or pupils involved in this year’s diet of exams who have queries about the results should contact their school directly.

SQA Candidate Advice Line 0345 279 1000.

Skills Development Scotland also has a helpline for pupils seeking advice on 0808 100 8000 for advice and support.