Scottish schools rated: Where do Kintyre’s come?

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A Kintyre school is one of the top 50 Scottish state secondary schools according to the annual league table results, published by The Times last week.

Tarbert Academy was ranked 42 out of 339 schools, while Campbeltown Grammar School was placed 258, with Islay High School just behind at 259. Nearby Lochgilphead High School came in at 232 and Oban High School was placed 242.

While the results are both positive and slightly less positive for Argyll and Bute, a council spokesperson said the figures could be ‘very misleading’.

The spokesperson said: ‘These league table comparisons are based solely on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and can be very misleading.

‘The results are based on only one aspect of attainment and it is therefore a crude tool of performance.

‘Schools currently measure their attainment performance using the Insight tool which incorporates a range of attainment measures and is used nationally to benchmark attainment.’

The spokesperson added that across SCQF measures, Argyll and Bute schools are generally above the national average in most categories, with 100 per cent of National 3 and 4 students passing in 2018, and a rise in the number of Higher and Advanced Higher pupils achieving pass marks this year.

The spokesperson added: ‘Attainment needs to be considered more widely – for example, a number of our young people go on to achieve alternative non-SCQF qualifications which are most suited to their career aspirations than just SCQF qualifications.

‘Participation measure figures from Skills Development Scotland also show that 94.2 per cent of young people in Argyll and Bute aged between 16 and 19 are currently in employment, education or training – the national average being 91.8 per cent.

‘This puts Argyll and Bute in the top eight of 32 local authority areas.’