Pupils achieve best ever exam results in West Dunbartonshire
West Dunbartonshire pupils have achieved their best ever exam results this year, and there have also been some outstanding achievements by individuals and schools.
In S5, almost every measure is the highest ever recorded, while
in S6 there was a remarkable 5% rise in a single year in the
percentage of candidates gaining at least one and at least three
The number of S6 students achieving five Higher passes and at
least one Advanced Higher are also at their highest ever
In S4, the percentage of pupils achieving five or more Credit
level passes stands at 32%, the highest figure ever achieved by
West Dunbartonshire schools.
Each of the 5 secondary schools achieved their best ever awards
in at least some of the measures. Some examples are:
- Clydebank High School achieved their highest ever pass rate in
6th year for pupils gaining one, three or five Highers. One 5th
year pupil gained five Highers at band A.
- For the second year in a row every pupil at Dumbarton Academy
achieved a Standard Grade in English and 99% achieved a Standard
Grade in Maths. The school achieved its best ever results in all
measures in S5, with four S5 pupils passing five Highers at band A
and two of these pupils gaining band 1 in all five.
- Vale of Leven Academy achieved their highest ever pass rate for
one or more Highers in S5 and three or more Highers in S6. One
pupil gained five A passes at Higher.
- At St Peter the Apostle High School the percentage of pupils in
6th year passing one, three or five Highers was their highest on
record. Two pupils in 5th year achieved 5 Highers at band A.
- Pupils at Our Lady & St Patrick's High School achieved
their highest ever pass rate at Standard Grade Credit. Of the 19
pupils in West Dunbartonshire to attain eight band 1 Standard
Grades or their equivalent, eight were from Our Lady & St
Patrick's. Six pupils gained five Highers at band A and the
school's S6 results were its best ever in all measures.
Chloe Allison, 17, from Dumbarton ,was one of the nine Our Lady
of St Patrick's pupils to pick up five A highers and was absolutely
thrilled: "I was really nervous and couldn't sleep at all the night
before. I read the text from the SQA about 8.30am and was just
screaming and so happy when I saw I'd got five A's. That's what I'd
got in the prelims but that puts a bit of pressure on you to do
Fionnuala Boyle, 16, from Old Kilpatrick, was one of two St
Peter the Apostle High School pupils to get five A highers and
said: "I'm just so shocked and really really happy. My family
couldn't believe it and we'll all be going out tonight to
celebrate. I thought all the exams had gone well although there
were some tricky questions in the English paper. Now I'm
going to stay on another year and then hopefully go and study
English and Languages at Glasgow University."
Executive Director of Educational Services, Terry Lanagan,
welcomed the figures saying: "Educational Services and all five
secondary schools have placed a huge emphasis on raising attainment
over recent years and it is very gratifying to see the efforts of
pupils and staff beginning to bear fruit.
"With increasing numbers of our young people choosing to stay on
at school for a sixth year, it is particularly pleasing to see
record numbers of S6 students achieving Higher and Advanced Higher
"I would like to congratulate our young people on their
achievements. I can also assure parents and pupils that we will
continue to build on these successes and to tackle any areas where
we believe we can do better. Raising attainment and achievement for
all our young people remains our number one priority."
Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Patrick McGlinchey,
added: "This is a fantastic achievement for the young people of
West Dunbartonshire and shows that our Raising Attainment Strategy
is beginning to impact on results. I would like to congratulate the
pupils and the teachers for their achievements. The new Council
administration is committed to continuing to support our schools in
the key goal of raising attainment levels and the 2012 results will
provide a solid base on which to build further improvements."
Michelle Stewart, Depute Convener of Educational Services, said:
"This Council is committed to ensuring we support every pupil to
achieve the best results that they can. These strong results show
that we are moving in the right direction and I'd like to
congratulate all the pupils, teachers and other staff who have
helped make this happen."
Page last update:
08 August 2012