Calvin,Zac,Laura and Lewis celebrate with Councillors and their Head Teacher
This year's exam results are even better than last year! Pupils from across South Ayrshire are celebrating today (Tuesday 4 August 2015) as exam results are opened.
Once again results have improved on the previous year, helping to drive up the standard of education across South Ayrshire.
Higher results have climbed again with just under two thirds of pupils (60%) now achieving at least one Higher compared with just over half last year. The number of pupils achieving three Highers or more is well over a third at 37% (up 4% from last year) and students achieving five or more Highers increased 1% to 17%.
The number of sixth-year pupils achieving at least one Advanced Higher award has held steady from last year at 19%.
Pupils in fourth-year have also done extremely well. This is the second year of the new National Qualifications, which form part of Curriculum for Excellence, and there has been solid improvement from last year.
Most fourth-year pupils (87%) achieved five or more National 4 qualifications or better which is an improvement of 4% on last year. There was also slight improvement on the number of children achieving five or more National 5 qualifications at 45% (44% last year).
Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, said: "I am delighted to say that once again we have improved on the previous year's exam results and this highlights our ongoing commitment to improve learning in South Ayrshire. I would like to congratulate all the pupils and their hard work and dedication.
"The results also illustrate the hard work undertaken by teaching staff to ensure that school leavers have the necessary qualifications to progress. I know that parents and families have also played their part to support their children during exam time.
"There is a very positive trend in our exam results but we will continue to work hard to ensure that every child can reach their full potential. I want to ensure that young people and parents are proud of our education system."
Pupils from Belmont Academy were delighted with their results.
House Captain, Calvin Finlayson (17) who gained four As, and one B said: "Really happy with my results. I am looking at two options, medicine or mechanical engineering. My brother is doing medicine and he keeps telling me to do the same, but I am undecided at this point."
Zac Lynn (16) was over the moon with his two As and three Bs: "I am really pleased, particularly with an A in maths! My dream would be to play volleyball in the USA on a scholarship."
Lewis Yeardley (16) came away with two Bs, one C and two passes: "I would like to be a train diver possibly down in London; I think that would be amazing. I am hoping for a good Geography grade in my next exams which will help toward this."
Laura Estcourt (17) opened her envelope to find out she had five As. "I could not be happier. In the future I would like to study veterinary medicine at either Glasgow or Edinburgh. This might lead me to specialise on equine medicine."