School news 19th August 2016

SQA Exam Results – Pupils in S4, S5 and S6 received their exam results in the post on Tuesday 9th August 2016.  Gairloch pupils have again achieved success above Highland and national averages.

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In S4 all pupils 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 National 5 English with 14 A passes. All pupils sitting Nat 5 Chemistry, Design & Manufacture, Engineering Science, French, German and Gaelic (learners and fluent) achieved an A pass.  In National 5 Maths 13 pupils out of 17 achieved A passes.  The majority of pupils in S4 sat the maximum of 6 exams with success at various levels.  In National 5 Art and Design, Modern Studies, Computing all pupils passed with either an A or a B grade.  This year three S4 pupils successfully achieved A passes at Higher level one year ahead of expectation.  Hannah Wood achieved an A pass in Higher Art.


In S5 results in Chemistry and Gaelic Learners were particularly strong with a good number of A passes in Higher English and Maths.  All pupils sitting Higher Music achieved an A pass including Caitlin Mitchell and Sara Johnston from S4.  S5 pupils also performed well in Higher French and Maths.  Overall more than half of S5 and S6 pupils achieved at least two or more awards at Higher.  Several pupils achieved 5 Highers with Mark McLean gaining five A passes.


Gairloch High expects any pupil considering Higher Education to attempt Advanced Higher courses in S6.  Former Dux and Head Girl, Freya Baptist achieved an A passes in each of her three Advanced Higher subjects:  Maths, Chemistry and Music.  This is roughly equivalent to success in a first year university course.  Other pupils gained Advanced Higher awards in Art and Biology.


Pupils sitting exams in National 5 Drama and Higher Psychology, supported by West Highland College staff, all passed.  In Drama the class of 9 achieved 7 A and 2 B passes.  This year the school is offering Higher Drama on the basis of this success.


Mr Port congratulated all pupils and thanked the staff whose hard work has supported such good results.  “While it is always the case that some pupils will be disappointed with some of their results, overall Gairloch pupils have had another very successful year in the exams.  These SQA results are an important factor in measuring personal performance at a national level however many pupils have achieved additional awards in other areas.  The development of vocational courses such as Hospitality, Outdoor Education and Rural Skills among others now provides pupils with a range of experiences and certificates such as NICAS and ASDAN, which assist along with Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to give each pupil a broad portfolio of qualifications to take to colleges, universities and possible future employers.


Any pupil (even those who have now left) can discuss their situation with school staff and get advice about possible pathways.   Universities and colleges often take more than exam passes into account including other activities and experiences that pupils have.


The analyses of results continues now that school has resumed to make sure we provide the best support and encouragement for pupils as they make their way through the national exam system.