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Published 08 March 2019

West Dunbartonshire has seen record numbers of school leavers going straight into work, further education and training.

Figures released last month show over 94% of pupils go on to positive destinations after finishing school – the highest ever recorded.  

Figures also show West Dunbartonshire ranked in the top twenty for positive destinations of 32 Scottish Local Authorities with Clydebank High School, Dumbarton Academy and Our Lady & St Patrick’s High School all ahead of the national average.

Of the 889 pupils who left school during 2017/2018 37% went on to higher education and 33% to further education.  The stats show 20% of young people found work and 2% went on to further training. Figures show only 4% of leavers were still looking for jobs and a further 1% not seeking training or employment.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “This is a great achievement by our dedicated staff and great commitment from our pupils. It is very encouraging to see the steady increase over the last four years in the number of young people moving on to positive destinations offering a bright future for our pupils.   As a Council we are committed to ensuring all our young people are equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to ensure they can continue their development after leaving West Dunbartonshire schools.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “We want every young person in West Dunbartonshire to be able to realise their full potential and these figures show we are making real progress in achieving this ambition. It is very encouraging to see more than half of our young people went on to a further or higher education after leaving school.  I would like to thank our teachers, staff and Skills Development Scotland for their continued support to our young people which is helping them make the right choices for their future.”