Exam tables revealed: Find out how your kid's secondary school performed
Friday, 10 March 2017
Two thirds of Glasgow schools are meeting their benchmarks - up from fewer than half last year.
Education Scotland has released performance data for the country's schools and today the Evening Times prints league tables for city secondaries.
These show that 21 out of 30 secondaries met or did better than their "virtual comparator".
Last year 16 out of Glasgow's 30 secondaries did not match or exceed the government's benchmark.
The Scottish Government provides exam attainment data for every school in Scotland on its Education Scotland website.
Information is given for "school leavers" rather than for the previously used fifth year pupils.
This means schools where more pupils stay on for sixth year tend to perform higher than those where pupils leave sooner.
Education bosses have made a priority of persuading pupils to stay on at school and figures show this is working.
Our tables show how many pupils leaving school have earned three or more Highers.
They also show the "virtual comparator" for each secondary. This is a number generated by Education Scotland to show how a school should be performing, given the socio-economic background of pupils.
We show the number of pupils gaining three or more Highers and compare this to the virtual comparator.
The tables also show the percentage of pupils who are from the most impoverished backgrounds.
This is shown by the percentage of youngsters in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) Level 1.
Level 1 is the 20 per cent most deprived postcodes. Where a school has five or fewer children in SIMD Level 1 it is marked with an asterisk.
Glasgow Gaelic School has topped the league table for the third year running.
In fact, the top three schools have not shifted from last year: Glasgow Gaelic School first on the list, followed by Hyndland Secondary and then Notre Dame High School.
While the Gaelic School has a number of SIMD Level 1 pupils that is too low to record, Notre Dame High School has a relatively high level at 48 per cent.
Lochend Community High has lifted itself from the bottom of the league table, where it sat last year, and instead Drumchapel High and St Margaret Mary's Secondary come joint last.
One of the best achievers is Govan High School, which has this year seen 33 per cent of leavers gaining three or more Highers - up from 18 per cent last year.
The school was second bottom of the league table last year but is now on a par with Rosshall Academy, John Paul Academy and Knightswood Secondary.
Headteacher of Govan High School, Nancy Belford, said: "The main thrust of what we have been doing here is to improve the ethos of the school and raising aspirations for every young person - we now have much higher expectations for every young person in the school.
"That's coming from staff but it's also coming from the young people having high expectations of themselves."
Govan High School works with Glasgow Intergenerational Mentoring Network from Strathclyde University to give pupils a mentor to guide them.
It also works with outside agencies to secure work experience and apprenticeships for pupils.
Ms Belford, who has been at Govan High for two years, said an important part of the school's success is encouraging pupils to stay on at school for longer.
The school now encourages more pupils to go forward for Highers and makes sure there are clear paths of progression for all young people, no matter what they hope to go on to do.
Across the city, education bosses credit pupils staying on at school for rising attainment.
Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Lifelong Learning, said: “Over the last 10 years more and more young people are choosing to stay on at school.
“As a result they leave with more qualifications and skills and on to positive destinations.
“The increase in our staying on rates for S5/S6 has risen from 45 per cent in 2006 to almost 70 per cent of pupils and it’s clearly reaping the benefits for Glasgow’s young people.”
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