More Falkirk pupils making the grade

Nigel Fletcher
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Falkirk’s high school pupils are tops – and that is official.

Latest figures show the number of youngsters attending the district’s secondaries who made the grade after this year’s exams is better than the national average.

At its meeting on Tuesday the council’s education executive was told over 82 per cent earned National 5 marks at Grade A to C while over 95 per cent who sat National 4 qualifications achieved a pass.

The figures compare with the average across the country of 81 and 93 per cent respectively and underline an impressive turnaround for local schools which were consistently ‘bottom of class’ in the exam stakes less than 10 years ago.

Nigel Fletcher, joint acting director of education, said: “These are clearly very encouraging results and it is pleasing to see the steady improving trend.

“We have an awful lot in Falkirk to be proud of.”

In 2009 only 39 per cent of pupils had passed one or more Higher by the end of their fifth year compared with 50 per cent today. Overall, the results produced by pupils at the end of their fifth or sixth years show the number of passes at record levels in four of the six categories.