• Ayrshire Daily News

Delight across North Ayrshire as pupils celebrate positive exam results

OVER 3000 young people from across North Ayrshire have been opening their exam results today (Tuesday).

 Early analysis of the results shows continued success at a range of levels across the authority.

 A higher proportion of S4 pupils who sat National 5 qualificiations in 2018 achieved an award at grades A-D than in 2017.

 Passes at Higher remain strong and consistent with last year’s performance, and the pass rate at Advanced Higher level also continues to improve with a greater proportion of candidates achieving success at this level than last year.

 Further analysis will be undertaken in the coming weeks and months within and across our schools and departments to establish the key highlights and areas for further focused improvement.

 Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education and Employment, said:

 “This is obviously an exciting and stressful day – we wish all our young people the very best of luck. A huge congratulations to those who have received the results they are looking for. A special mention must go to all the teachers and staff that care so much and put so much work in over the course of a year.

 “Whatever results come through the door today, I know that our staff in schools have been and will continue to work hard to support all our young people with planning their next steps, whether that is in school, at further or higher education, in employment or training.”

 Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, added: "Young people across North Ayrshire have worked extremely hard over the last year and that is illustrated by today's strong results. 

 "It was a pleasure to meet many pupils and get the chance to congratulate those who have achieved the results they wanted.

 "On a day like today I want to remind those who may not have got the results they hoped for that this is just the start. Many before you have gone through the same and many after you will too. Experience has shown us there are different paths that can lead you to where you want to get to in life and no path is wrong. Please seek advice and support on what options are available now and most importantly keep working hard and you will reach your goal."

 As well as the support at home and within our schools, you can also receive guidance from Skills Development Scotland at or via the exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000. This number will be open from 8am until 8pm on the 7 and 8 August and from 9am until 5pm from 9 until 15 August.