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Edinburgh proves to be top of the class with exam results above national average

Edinburgh pupils are performing well. Picture: Getty By LAURA CUMMINGS

Published on 08/12/2012 12:01
EDINBURGH’S schools have been declared top class after achieving exam results above the national average, with improvements made at some of the Capital’s poorest performing schools. New figures reveal exam results in Standard Grades, Highers and Advanced Highers in some of the city’s most deprived areas have improved, while schools in affluent areas continue to outperform the rest of the country. A breakdown of the city’s 23 high schools showed some of the best results being attained at Boroughmuir, Currie, Firrhill, James Gillespie’s, the Royal High and St Thomas of Aquin’s, with significant improvements also achieved at Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC) and Craigroyston Community High School. A report on how Edinburgh schools have performed over the last year will be discussed by councillors at the education, children and families committee meeting on Tuesday. The city’s education leader, Councillor Paul Godzik, said the report highlighted how much was being achieved across the city. “It’s clear from this report that some schools are making significant improvements and I would like to congratulate them for that,” he said. “We will be looking to all our schools and continuing to work closely with them to ensure the upward trend continues.”

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Council chiefs underlined that Edinburgh schools are.” he said. with 93 per cent of pupils achieving Standard Grades at grade 5-6 or above by the end of sixth year.” Among the highlights in the report is improved performance in PE by the end of fourth year. this year Craigroyston achieved its best set of results across all exams in 11 years.com Like 3 Tweet 6 0 2 2 of 2 19/06/2013 00:25 . WHEC has seen its Standard Grade success rate soar. numeracy and literacy. performing above the national average. Headteacher Sheila Paton has undoubtedly played a key role in helping to achieve the best Standard Grade exam results in the school’s history. physics. with Edinburgh pupils now sitting above the national average. which the council said is linked to health and wellbeing education under the Curriculum for Excellence and the emphasis on two hours of PE every week. Melanie Main. “There’s been some particular successes. in the majority of indicators.. as well as improvements in maths and English by the end of fourth year. Tory education spokesman councillor Jason Rust said the recent exam results across the city were “very encouraging”. “We also need to get better at maths and reading in primary school. including talking and listening. Our schools need to be about equal opportunity as much as excellence. recorded improvements in Standard Grade English and maths. as well as other members of staff. including depute head Stuart Heggie and Ms Paton’s predecessor. Alex Wood. education spokeswoman for the Scottish Greens. with 17 per cent of fifth-year pupils achieving at least one Higher. with Boroughmuir being at the top of the whole of Scotland in terms of state schools.. Boroughmuir was honoured partly for moving up three places from 12th to ninth in the state secondary league table over the last year..” laura. which the council plans to close next summer following poor exam results and a falling school roll.cummings@edinburghnews. computing and German. Edinburgh’s schools rank with the best in Scotland. and it’s going to be a case of keeping going in this direction for all schools. It’s very encouraging and particularly good to see schools like Wester Hailes making such great progress. French. some of the lowest achieving pupils have improved to within one per cent of the national performance level.com/edinburgh-evening-news/education/edinburg.Edinburgh proves to be top of the class with exam results above nationa. A record 21 per cent of S4 pupils at the school achieved five or more Standard Grades at credit level in their recent results – up from two per cent in 2009 and nine per cent last year. Meanwhile. compared with 84 per cent in 2008. However. It was also the only Edinburgh state school to make the top ten. Castlebrae in Craigmillar and Craigroyston in Muirhouse – all areas of deprivation. http://www. from whom she took over in August last year.scotsman. There was also a “very good” performance across the city in Higher exams including English. The school achieved the accolade in the new Sunday Times list – the first time an Edinburgh state school had won. Last month. One of the key areas for improvement identified in the report for primary schools is improving attainment in maths. despite pupils being taught in a building branded one of the country’s worst. Over the last three years. “Wester Hailes Education Centre has clearly done extremely well as well in terms of making really positive progress. compared with just eight per cent last year and two per cent in 2010. maths. But we are still letting down those pupils who struggle most at school and we need a real focus on improving their attainment and closing the gap. said: “These reports show that for many of our schools and our most able pupils.. the News told how Boroughmuir had been named Scottish State Secondary of the Year. The three secondary schools that have consistently achieved poor results over the years are WHEC. Castlebrae Community High.

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