Pupils in S4,5 and 6 received their exam results in the post onTuesday 5th August 2015. A tense time for parents and pupils will for the most part be followed by relief. Gairloch pupils have again achieved success above Highland and national averages.
In S4 all pupils have achieved awards in Maths and English as well as other subjects providing them with a sound base for future learning. Several departments produced good results overall including English, French, Gaelic (learners and fluent), German, Maths, Modern Studies and Music. S4 pupil Anna Cameron achieved an A grade in each of her 8 subjects.
In S5 half of the year group achieved at least 3 passes at Higher Grade with three pupils achieving 5. Freya Baptist, school Dux, achieved A in all five of her exams. Results in Biology, Chemistry and Gaelic were particularly strong with a good number of A passes in Higher English and Maths.
This year we had notable success for several pupils in new vocational courses related to Travel & Tourism, Rural Skills and ASDAN. These awards provide a broader range of qualification to all of our pupils giving business experience as well as academic training.
Gairloch High expects any pupil considering Higher Education to attempt Advanced Higher courses in S6. One third of the pupils in S6 achieved success in these university level courses. Several pupils passed two Advanced Higher courses and Sofie Banister achieved an A passes in each of her three AH subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Art. This year we have, once again, several pupils heading to University to study a wide range of subjects ranging from Engineering through the sciences to Classical History.
60% of S6 pupils were also sitting Highers following on from studies in previous years. Two thirds of the year group achieved 3 or more additional Highers in S6. This reflects an increasing trend in S6 of pupils broadening study and improving their award levels prior to seeking work or pursuing further or higher education. Subjects showing particular success at this level were Biology, Chemistry and Gaelic.
Mr Port congratulates all pupils and thanked the staff whose hard work has supported such good results. “While it is always the case that some pupils might be disappointed with some of their results it seems that overall Gairloch pupils have again had a successful year. And some pupils have done very well attaining the qualifications required to gain access to their chosen University or career.
As always we will analyse the results in depth and look at how we can continue to provide the best support and encouragement for pupils as they make their way through the national exam system.”