Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 11:47 GMT on Wednesday, 8th August 2012.
North Lanarkshire is on ten-high exam performance high

NORTH Lanarkshire’s school teachers and students will be celebrating exam results safely this week in the knowledge that North Lanarkshire’s schools have continued their trend of better exam results.

The SQA results, which arrived through the letterboxes of many students’ on Monday, saw schools across North Lanarkshire reach a 10-year record high in exam passes, with a rise in achievement rates for pupils at Standard Grade, Higher and Advanced Higher levels.

Christine Pollock, North Lanarkshire Council’s Executive Director of Learning and Leisure services, said: "This year's excellent results are testament to the hard work put in by our young people and the dedication and commitment from our staff to encourage pupils and give them the best opportunity to achieve their future ambitions - so congratulations to them all!

“Figures are based on pre-appeal 2012 results so there's still room for further improvement."

The figures show that the number of fourth year pupils gaining five or more awards at credit or intermediate level rose from last year, whilst fifth year pupils gaining one or more and three or more Higher Grade awards, also increased from the 2011 successes, alongside improvements to the S6 pupils’ Higher results.

Councillor Jim Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Services, said: "I am delighted for all the young people and teachers who have worked so hard to achieve these results.

"This council has invested substantially in staff training, equipment and through our Schools and Centres 21 programme to improve the teaching environment for pupils and staff. We will continue to strive towards further educational success in the future."

This year over 2,200 pupils in S3 and S4 undertook vocational courses, with 80% of those taking part in SQA ‘Skills for Work’, a programme designed to focus on skills needed to be a success in the modern workplace. The pass rate was an outstanding 91.5% across all subject areas, a 0.7% improvement on last year.

Secondary pupils from S1 to S6 also achieved nearly 5,000 National Awards in a wide range of courses which develop key skills and positive attitudes among young people. These include the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Youth Achievement, Prince's Trust and Sports Leadership awards.