Independent school pupils celebrate GCSE success

PUPILS at St Leonards School in St Andrews and Strathallan School in Perthshire are among those celebrating after receiving their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) results.

The independent schools are among several in Scotland where pupils sit the English qualifications, which are the broad equivalent of the National 5 examinations in Scotland.

National 5s, which were introduced in the 2013-14 school year, in turn replaced a “credit pass” at Standard Grade or a “good pass” in the old Ordinary Grade.

At St Leonards School, 54.5% of pupils achieved grades seven to nine in their GCSEs.

High-scoring pupils included: Sophie Clarke from St Andrews; Madelaine Gavine from Balmullo; Charlotte McFadyen from Inchture; Ismini Mcleod Dorizas from Leven; local pupil Nicholas Müller; Ailsa White from Guardbridge; and Julia-Eva Wiegand.

Academic deputy head Will Gaisford said: “Pupils at St Leonards have once again shown they have the appetite for success.

“This year’s results are evidence of the hard work of our young people, with well over half of grades awarded nine, eight, or seven.

“Pupils are brilliantly positioned to progress through to our exciting sixth form pathways – the International Baccalaureate career-related or diploma programmes – which offer unparalleled preparation for university, apprenticeships, and beyond.

“Our leavers this year achieved exceptional results, securing places in world-class universities across Scotland, the rest of the UK, and beyond.”

Strathallan School reported a “significant improvement” on grades compared with 2019, with pupils posting “the school’s best-ever pass rate and highest proportion of top grades”.

The school said 90% of pupils achieved grades four to nine.

Headmaster Mark Lauder said: “We are thrilled to see our students receive their tremendous results.

“Strathallan continues to make huge strides forward academically despite our non-selective approach to education.

“To maintain this trajectory through covid is testament to our staff and pupils’ hard work.”

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