SENIOR Inverclyde school students achieved the best exam results of eight years.
Inverclyde Council confirmed that Higher results for Fifth Years pupils across all grades are up by 3.4 per cent to 47.6 per cent.
Eighteen candidates are also celebrating five ‘A’ Grade passes at Higher Grade.
There has also been an increase in Fourth Year pupils achieving a qualification in both English and Maths from 95 per cent last year to 97 per cent in 2012.
Five 'A' pupils with Head of Education Wilma Bain and Councillor Terry Loughran. List of names below. Click for bigger photo
Education and Communities Convener Councillor Terry Loughran said: "It is hugely encouraging to see year-on-year improvements and this year has delivered another set of results Inverclyde can be proud of. It is a testament to the amount of hard work and dedication in both the classroom and at home by our young people, their teachers and parents. Everyone can be hugely proud for what has been achieved this year and I congratulate them all.
Other figures include:
Ninety-five per cent of Fourth Year pupils achieved five or more Standard Grades, consistent with results over the last three years.
The number of pupils achieving three or more Highers by the end of Fifth Year has risen to 26 per cent -- also an eight-year high.
Pupils achieving five or more Highers has reached an eight year high at 12.4 per cent, the fourth year in a row to show an increase.
The number of pupils achieving Advanced Higher qualifications by the end of Sixth Year continues to rise with a 2.8 per cent increase this year.
Councillor Loughran added: "For the second year running we have seen improvements at all Higher measures in Fifth Year with nearly half achieving at least one Higher and over a quarter achieving three. We are committed to ensuring the best possible journey through education for all of our children and young people and these results bear witness to the positive impact our investment in our schools estate is having. As always we will help and support anyone who has been left disappointed by their results to achieve the qualifications they are looking for.”
Detailed analysis of the 2012 attainment results will be produced for the Education and Communities Committee.
Five ‘A’ Students [Click for photo]
Clydeview Academy: Marco Demelas, Scott Andrew Edmond, Rachel Foster, Kerry Haggerty, Kirstie Hawthorn, Calum Henderson (unable to attend photocall), Julline Lagorio, Melissa Murdoch, Claire Waugh, Cherie Wong
Notre Dame High School: Iain Beattie, Caitlin Daisley, Amber Ruddy
Port Glasgow High School: Kieran Gilmour
St Stephen’s High School: Claire Marie McGachy
St Columba’s High School: Blane Gordon-McMillan (unable to attend photocall), Adrian Loughlin, Rebecca Anne Smith