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Falkirk schools show signs of improvement

Falkirk Council schools continue to show signs of improvement

Falkirk Council schools continue to show signs of improvement

 

Figures just released show the Falkirk district comes 13th equal in a league table of how Scottish schools performed in last year’s Scottish Qualification Authority examinations.

The statistics take account of the percentage of pupils receiving free school meals which is routinely used as a poverty indicator.

Falkirk Council had an average of 13 pupils attaining five or more Highers, while 14.8 per cent of youngsters receive free meals.

Across Scotland the figures are 13 and 15.5 per cent respectively.

In the table of top performing schools, Larbert High is the highest placed local establishment, equal 45th with 21 pupils passing five or more Highers.

The figures show none of the top 50 schools have more pupils getting free meals than the Scottish average.

The country’s top four schools, St Ninian’s, Williamwood, Mearns Castle, all in East Renfrewshire, and Glasgow’s Jordanhill, average 5.1 per cent.

In the Falkirk Council area, Falkirk High has most pupils receiving free lunches (22.2 per cent), but in recent years has climbed the performance table and now takes second spot.

A spokesperson for Falkirk Council said: “As ever, our pupils have put in a great effort and their results across every school are to be welcomed.

“It is early to interpret the results as there are appeals still be heard that could affect the numbers, however, over a number of years we are generally seeing an improvement in results and positive destinations.”

Number of pupils achieving five or more Highers in 2013:

Larbert High....................21

Falkirk High.....................16

Denny High......................13

Bo’ness Academy..............12

St Mungo’s.....................11

Graeme High.................9

Braes High...................8

Grangemouth High...........6

The Falkirk average is 13.

Larbert , at 65, also had the most pupils gaining three or more Highers

 

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