Campbeltown Grammar climbs school league ladder

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Campbeltown Grammar School’s position on a league table of Scottish secondary schools has improved by 54 places.

The school received widespread criticism from parents, a former teacher and elected representatives last year for placing seventh from the bottom – 334th out of 340 schools – in The Times Scotland School League Table 2021.

In this year’s league table, published last week, Campbeltown Grammar School now sits 280th out of 342, an improvement that has been welcomed, although some remain concerned that the school still sits towards the bottom of the table.

‘While I welcome the slight improvement in the school’s results, it is still a long way off where we would expect it to be,’ said Councillor Donald Kelly.

‘I fully appreciate there has been a lot of hard work by staff over the past year but the marked improvement requires to continue at a faster pace in order that confidence in the school continues to grow.’

Councillor John Armour said: ‘I think staff pupils and parents have worked very hard over the last year to turn around the difficulties that school has suffered over the last few years and while I don’t think league tables give a proper reflection on the way a school is performing, I’m sure everyone will be pleased to see the school heading in the right direction in the table.’

The Times claims the league table is not ‘Scotland’s schools ranked from best to worst’; instead, it lists schools by the percentage of pupils who gained five Highers, or equivalent, that year.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: ‘Campbeltown Grammar continues to develop and drive forward improvement, and we welcome its rise in position in this year’s league table.

‘It is important to remember, however, that the league table only measures success through the number of passes at National 5 and Higher and are not reflective of the broad range of wider achievements that young people access nor how schools evaluate and analyse successful outcomes for their pupils. They are only part of the story.

‘We have young people to be proud of at Campbeltown Grammar and we will continue to provide them with the support, guidance and personalised learner pathways they need to achieve their goals, both in school and in life.’

Councillor Tommy Macpherson added: ‘As schooling returns to normality from Covid, there are broader factors to consider here.

‘The Grammar has transitioned to a new facility and a transfer of headship in recent years. In short, a stable teaching environment and leadership team is essential.

‘The pupils, the teachers and support staff have shown their resilience and, with the right measures and support, will continue to climb. Congratulations, Campbeltown Grammar School.’