Campbeltown Grammar School’s Higher pass rate rises

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Campbeltown Grammar School.

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Campbeltown Grammar School’s 2021 Higher exam pass rate has risen from the year before.

The school’s Higher pass rate increased from 83.8 per cent in 2020 to 91.1 per cent this year.

The school’s National 5 pass rate dropped, however, from 89.3 per cent in 2020 to 85.2 per cent this year, while the 2021 Advanced Higher pass rate was 84.6 per cent, down from 93.3 per cent in 2020.

But the school retained its 100 per cent pass rate at National 4 level, which applied to all 10 council secondary schools in Argyll and Bute for the fifth year in a row.

As a whole, the council’s 10 secondary schools returned pass rates that were above the national average.

A school-by-school breakdown of results has been made available for a virtual meeting of the authority’s community services committee on Wednesday, August 25.

For the second year running, the exam diet did not take place due to the pandemic, with grades awarded based on teacher estimates and previous evidence.

Council executive director Douglas Hendry said in the report: ‘The council received SQA [Scottish Qualifications Authority] awards for all pupils entered for formal qualifications in session 2020/21 in August 2021.

‘This provided comprehensive information on the outcome of the alternative certification model performance for all pupils across each of the 10 Argyll and Bute secondary schools.

‘Following the cancellation of the formal SQA examination diet due to Covid-19, schools submitted provisional results relating to each presentation and level made on behalf of each young person.

‘The SQA also developed an appeals process for any young person unhappy with their provisional result(s).

‘This report presents an update to elected members on both the authority and school outcomes at National 4 (pass only) and at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher awards (A-C) and (A-D) based on provisional results as outlined above.

‘The 2021 presentation pass rates at both school and authority level cannot be used for comparison with previous years’ outcomes as the method of awarding grades is completely different.’

Mr Hendry added: ‘Our young people have the opportunity to be presented at different levels throughout their chosen senior phase pathway.

‘This means a young person can undertake subjects at different levels of qualifications e.g. two Advanced Highers, two Highers and one National 5. Therefore, the outcomes include young people across S4, S5 and S6.

‘Any young person that was unhappy with their provisional results could appeal directly to the SQA on their website.

‘The registration service for appeals opened on Friday, June 25, and closed on Thursday, August 12. Appeals were processed by the SQA after results day on Tuesday, August 10.’