Anne Everest - Head's Blog - 09-08
We always face the SQA Results Day with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Our students and their teachers work so hard and are often very ambitious for academic success, but we all know that not everyone can achieve grade A, not everyone will pass their examination the first time around and, in the midst of much celebration, there will be some who will be disappointed (with or without justification).
The results have been published this morning, and our girls from Lower and Upper 6 last session have done very well indeed. The pass rate for Advanced Higher is 97%, with 89% of presentations achieving grade A or B. Last session, this level of success made us second in Scotland, and so we shall look forward to finding out whether our 2016 leavers manage first place this year.
Our Higher results are the best since 2012, with 83% being secured at A or B.
Whatever the delight or disappointment the girls may be experiencing, we have staff in school over the next week or so, who will advise on next steps: formal reviews of particular papers are possible; information and advice about courses are available; and universities often honour offers, even when the condition is not quite achieved.
There is expert help here for everyone. Most importantly, we want our girls to feel confident about the next stage of their educational journey, even when the direction of travel is not as straight forward as they might wish.
I congratulate all our students and their teachers on the efforts they made this last session.
Anne C Everest
Head. St George's School for Girls