Councillors praise pupils, staff and parents over results

Councillors have praised pupils, staff and parents across Aberdeenshire following a report showing that every academy improved its exam performance over the last year and 5% more S5 pupils gained three or more Highers.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee met recently (Thursday, August 27) at Woodhill House to discuss the performance of pupils across Aberdeenshire’s 17 academies.

The report presented to members showed that 94 S5 pupils attained five Higher qualifications and passed at grade A in one sitting this year compared to 81 in 2014 and there was a 2% increase of S6 and S5 pupils passing five or more Highers.

Committee chair Councillor Alison Evison welcomed the report as “very good news” and asked the committee to acknowledge the hard work of parents, pupils and staff in achieving the results.

Members also praised Aberdeenshire’s four special schools and agreed a letter be sent to congratulate them as senior phase pupils achieved a huge increase at level 1 with nine pupils in 2014 and 35 pupils in 2015 receiving awards.

Some councillors expressed caution over analysis of exam results especially in relation to curricular changes and were advised that the SQA had also highlighted the complex issues of comparison of results from year-to-year too.

Members were assured that longer term trends would be analysed and that the performance in relation to the increase of over 5% of pupils gaining Highers this year demonstrated the collective effort and focus on raising attainment across the area.

Councillors were also advised that the full analysis of Insight data would be available in September.