Figures show that young people have continued to achieve academic and vocational success, despite a period of significant challenge over the past year.
The percentage of S4 pupils achieving five awards at National 5 level remains positive and in line with previous attainment. Meanwhile, the percentage of pupils in S5 achieving either one, three or five Highers has increased, while in S6 the number of young people gaining either one, three or five Highers has also risen.
In addition to 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.
Stirling's schools show resilience and commitment
Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Councillor Susan McGill said: “Today’s results are a credit to everyone involved with our schools and demonstrate a high level of commitment and resilience they have all shown during a period of significant challenge in relation to SQA awards and qualifications.
“I would like to congratulate everyone in our schools for helping our young people achieve such excellent results. These achievements will help ensure our young people are fulfilling their potential and able to reach a range of positive destinations, whether that’s a modern apprenticeship, the world of work or further education.”
Proud of pupils, staff, parents and carers
Vice Convener, Councillor Christine Simpson said: “We are all really proud of our young people, staff, parents and carers for maintaining the impressive performance levels across all aspects of the curriculum.
“We also know that this time of year can be stressful and this morning’s results may leave many pupils with further questions about their future. As pupils ponder their next steps, we would like to reassure them that help and support is available via the dedicated helplines to help them plan ahead.”
Helplines for candidates
Two helplines are open for candidates following the issuing of the 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 10 and 11 August, from 9am-5pm, 12 and 13 August, and then 9am-5pm, 16 to 18 August.
Results information and advice is also available from My World of Work. This site provides practical help and links to SQA, UCAS, SAAS and Young Scot.
Meanwhile the SQA have a dedicated information section which provides information on appeals and offers a range of resources to support those receiving their results.
The SQA can also be contacted on their Candidate Advice Line: 0345 279 1000.