Fife pupils celebrate exam results

Pupils jumping for joy

It's SQA results day today, which means right across the country young people are nervously opening their envelopes, texts and emails to see how they did, and early indications are that in Fife they did really well.

For the students of Auchmuty High School it was even more stressful opening their exam results, as the school welcomed local and national media to record the event, including a live link to the Good Morning Britain studio.

On a day where most 16 to 18 year olds are at home anticipating the arrival  of their Nat 5 and Higher results, this bunch opened their results live on TV, in front of an audience of family, friends and photographers in the school.

Headteacher Pam Davie was understandably really proud of how well her students had done. She said: "We've just come through a really difficult few years and are just slowly getting back to normality. For all these young people this is the first time they have sat exams in this way, which can be really daunting. I'm so proud to say they took it in their stride and have produced some really good results.

"Our young people need to be recognised for the hard work and dedication they have put into their studies throughout their time at school. I’d also like to thank staff who have supported them with such professionalism and parents and carers who have probably borne the brunt of their exam stress and worry. The results speak for themselves about how well they have all done this."

Maria Lloyd, Head of Education and Children's Services (Secondary Schools and Specialist Support), said: "This year saw a return to an exams-based assessment approach, rather than the alternative certification arrangements which were in place the previous two years due to Covid-19.  Our preliminary analysis of this year's results (before the appeals process takes place) shows even more young people sitting exams than in previous years.

"When we compared this year's result to those in previous exam-based assessment cycles ( the years before the pandemic), the overall numbers of awards being achieved by Fife young people and the pass rates have increased. There has also been an improvement in the quality of grades being achieved, with a greater improvement being seen for those achieving grade A passes this year.

"This is thanks to the hard work put in by the students but also to the school staff, and their parents and carers, who have helped them through one of the most difficult times in history, and I'm so proud of everything they have achieved. These results are a cumulative result of dedication from staff from nursery, through primary school and into secondary school “