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Year-on-year improvement for South Ayrshire schools and nurseries

 25 February 2016  |  

Standards and Quality Report for education

Standards and Quality Report for education

In December 2015 there were 14,126 pupils using South Ayrshire's 41 primary schools, eight secondary schools, and two special schools. Provision for pupils with additional support needs is made through six centres in mainstream schools. 

Educational services in South Ayrshire have shown a year-on-year improvement, according to the Council's latest Standards and Quality Report for education. The figures for 2014/15 highlight good progress against local targets and national objectives.   

The report, which coincided with the introduction of the new National Qualifications, highlights a number of areas including: high levels of attainment in national exams; an increase in nursery places; and a rise in the number of young people achieving external recognition through activity such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder, said the results were encouraging, "I'm extremely proud of the many achievements children, young people and their families have made in the last twelve months.

"We're seeing year-on-year improvements across our schools and nurseries and we're committed to providing the highest quality education for our young people.

"Despite working in a time of unprecedented financial challenge, our teachers continue to provide first-class support, while also helping to shape lives and future careers."

Highlights for 2014/15 include:

  • Educational Services expenditure was within budget
  • Work progressing on new schools for Ayr Academy, Dailly Primary, and Tarbolton primary; with work underway on modernisation of Marr College
  • 2,476 three and four year olds had access to high quality pre-school provision through nurseries and partnership centres – up 5.3%
  • In January 2015, 95% of children in nursery classes had access to at least an hour of physical activity – up 6%
  • Broadly stable performance recorded across all primary school levels for reading and mathematics
  • Above average attainment levels for reading and maths in secondary schools and a strong showing for sciences
  • Exam attainment above virtual comparators in all measures at S4, S5 and S6.
  • Below average levels of exclusions at both primary and secondary
  • 73 of 74 young people at risk of not making the transition from school to work took positive steps through the More Choices, More Chances partnership
  • More young people in S4 chose to stay at school for longer
  • 11% rise in the number of young people achieving the Award of Ambition
  • 7% rise in the number of young people achieving the Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • 9% rise in the number of young people achieving the John Muir Award
  • 2,300 children and young people took part in Cultural Rucksack projects with organisations including Scottish Opera  

The full report can be found: here