Figures show the number of pupils achieving a minimum of 3 Highers has slightly increased from 12 months ago.
The percentage of those in S5 securing 5 Highers is comparable to last year’s results, and there is a similar picture for the number of S4 pupils attaining five awards at National 5 level. In S6, results also remain broadly similar to previous years.
Along with the SQA awards, Stirling’s young people have also celebrated success in a wide range of vocational courses being delivered both at school and at college.
The results reflect the hard work of young people, teachers and school staff, and the unstinting support of parents and carers, particularly over the past five months with the uncertainty and challenges of the pandemic.
Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “This year, more than ever, we are proud of our young people for achieving such excellent results which maintain an impressive level of consistency.
“The last five months has been a tough time for families and our education staff, and this success is a welcome boost ahead of the reopening of schools this month as we look forward to a return to a full-time education.”
Vice Convener, Cllr Christine Simpson said: “These academic and vocational awards recognise the commitment, work ethic and resilience of our young people, and I would also like to pay tribute to the crucial contribution of teachers, parents and carers.
“We know some of our young people will be stressed or worried and may have questions about their results and next steps. This is perfectly understandable. Please be reassured and support and help is available.”
Helplines for candidates
Two helplines are open for candidates following the issuing of the exam results.
Skills Development Scotland has a helpline for young people whose results were either better or worse than expected. Their advisers can offer information on college and university vacancies, employment and training.
The Helpline (0808 100 8000) will be open 8am-8pm on 4 and 5 August, and then from 9am-5pm, 6-12 August. For more info, visit the my world of work website.
The SQA Candidate Advice Line (0345 279 1000) provides information for candidates on the content and layout of their certificate.
This will be open from 8am- 6pm on Tuesday 4 August, and from 8.30am-5pm, 5-7 August.
Stirling Council also operates a Wellbeing Service for young people to speak confidentially about a variety of issues.
You can call the freephone number on 0800 015 3320 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1.30pm to 4pm). Get more info on the Stirling Council website here.