Langholm Academy head delighted with exam results

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The headteacher of Langholm Academy says she is delighted with the grades achieved by pupils sitting their National and Higher exams.

The school said that exams were particularly pleasing in English, maths and numeracy exams, with almost all pupils achieving an award from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in key area.

The number of pupils achieving five Higher passes is also continuing to increase year on year.

Headteacher Lindsay Brown, said: "Pupils in our S5 year group have done very well indeed.

"The number of pupils achieving five Higher passes has increased year on year for the last seven years, giving our most academic pupils access to the best university courses in Scotland.

"We will be working closely with colleagues at Lockerbie and Annan academies to offer these pupils a wide range of subjects at Advanced Higher level in S6."

Mrs Brown added that pupils leaving this year are heading off to a range of destinations including universities in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and across the border in Cumbria.

Others are going to the Barony Campus at Scotland's Rural Collefge, Borders College, Carlisle College and the RAF Police.

Mrs Brown said: "We wish all of the young people leaving us at this time every success in this next important stage of their lives - please keep in touch and let us know how you get on."

She also reassured pupils who did not achieve the grades that they were hoping for that staff would be at school on August 17 and 18 to offer advice.

Skills Development Scotland's exam results helpline will also be open from 9am until 8pm today for those pupils who did not achieve their desired grades.

The SDS, which can be contacted on 0808 100 8000, will also be open from 9am until 5pm between August 10 and August 16.

In a joint statement, Jeff Leaver - chairman of the children, young peoplke and lifelong learning committee at Dumfries and Galloway Council - and vice-chair Ros Surtees, said: "Attainment in the senior phase is now looked at over a three-year period with achievement at point of exit being a key performance indicator.

"This year's results show a positive with 31 per cent of young people leaving school with five or more Highers by the end of S6.

"This achievement, along with our youth guarantee, where our highest ever percentage of young people moved to work, further or higher education, highlights the positive learning environment Dumfries and Galloway schools provide.

"Young people, parents and staff should be congratulated for the hard work and commitment these results reflect."

Carol Hamilton, executive member for children and young people at Scottish Borders Council added: "In my first year in the role of elected member, I am delighted to be able to congratulate the young people of the Scottish Borders on the results that have been attained this year.

"Along with the teachers, parents and carers who have taught, encouraged and supported them to strive for their personal best, they are to be commended for all their hard work and should be very proud of what they have been able to achieve.

"Overall, the picture is extremely encouraging with record numbers of pupils presenting for examinations and more pupils than ever receiving a course award."

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 4:33PM
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