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Exam success as Argyll and Bute pupils outperform national averages

Secondary pupils across Argyll and Bute are celebrating today after achieving top marks in their exams and outperforming national averages.

Figures for Argyll and Bute this year show the following pass rates:

  • National 5 results are 87.33% – 1.5% above the national average.
  • Higher results are 90.15% – 2.9% above the national average.
  • Advanced Highers are 91.41% – 1.2% above the national average.
  • All 10 secondary schools maintained their 100% pass rate for National 4 – 13.9% higher than the national average.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “Congratulations to each and every one of our senior pupils who have received their exam results today. I never cease to be amazed by the talent and ability shown by our young people here in Argyll and Bute.

“The last 18 months have been a difficult and uncertain time for everyone but our young people, with the support of their parents and teachers, have overcome any barriers and continued to work hard to achieve success. Their commitment and sheer determination to do well has clearly paid off and I am delighted for them.

“I know there will be some young people who might be a bit disappointed because they perhaps didn’t get the results they had hoped for, but I want them to know that help and support is available. Exam results are only one way of progressing onto positive destinations.

“There are many, many ways that young people can access appropriate pathways into work, even if they didn’t get the grades they wanted. Should anyone need further support or advice at this time, I would urge them to get in touch with their school in the first instance.”

Notes to editor

This year’s results were marked using the Alternative Certification Model (ACM).

The Alternative Certification Model (ACM) was originally developed for National 5 courses, in response to the Deputy First Minister’s announcement on 7 October 2020 of the cancellation of National 5 exams.

Following the cancellation of Higher and Advanced Higher exams on 8 December, it was decided that the ACM would be expanded to cover Higher and Advanced Higher, as well as National 5.

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