Kingussie Exam Success 2018
Pupils from ‘the Straths’ largest secondary school had a lot to celebrate as they opened their exam results on Tuesday morning.
“Once again we are really pleased with our results,” said headteacher Ollie Bray, “the pupils from Kingussie High school who sat exams this year have a lot to be proud of.”
“Overall and accumulatively attainment has risen again this year (creating a five year positive trend) and we are confident that our attainment also has the capacity to grow in future years. A massive thanks needs to go to all of the very hard working staff that we have at Kingussie who have worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to ensure that all of our pupils achieved their potential in this year's exam diet.”
This is the first year that pupils had the opportunity to sit the revised National 5 Examinations, which put more of an emphasis on the external exam and externally assessed coursework, rather than internal assessment.
“Overall we are very pleased with both our National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results,” said Depute Head Teacher and SQA Co-ordinator Mr Andy Brown, “Staff are now very comfortable delivering the new qualifications and although there has definitely been a ‘raising of the bar’ when you compare National 5 to the old Standard Grade system. The pupils at Kingussie have certainly risen to the challenge as our data now shows over a number of years as we continue to comfortably outperform our virtual comparator as well as the Highland and National average.
Attainment is also on the rise at Higher and Advanced Higher Level with notable subject successes in English, Gaidhlig, PE and Languages. Depute Head Ian Adamson adds, “It is great to see our pupils continue to raise to the challenge of Higher and Advanced Higher level courses. In the build up to the examinations I noticed a real sense of our young people wanting to do well and ‘upping their game’ after the preliminary examinations in February. Our Advanced Higher Results are once again very good this is down to a lot of hard work from both pupils and staff, as well as support from home.
Many of the outgoing S6 will also be delighted with their performance and as a result have secured places in a number of Scottish Universities. These universities include University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow St. Andrews University, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Stirling University and Edinburgh Napier. Suzy Adam (outgoing S6) will also be spending the next years at the University of Tanjin in China having successfully being awarded one of a handful of Confucius Institute of Scotland (CISS) Scholarships,