East Ren bucks trend with best Scottish schools

Barrhead High headteacher Andy Sinclair is delighted with the results
Barrhead High headteacher Andy Sinclair is delighted with the results

Figures recently released by Education Scotland have shown that East Renfrewshire has three of the top performing five schools across Scotland.

The figures also reveal an incredible performance from two schools in East Ren’s more disadvantaged areas.

The two Barrhead high schools saw a major increase in the number of pupils attaining five or more Highers - with 44 per cent of St Luke’s pupils and 39 per cent of Barrhead High pupils achieving this standard. These figures represent a huge increase from last year’s results with a 12 per cent increase at Barrhead High and a seven per cent increase at St Luke’s.

Amazingly, the 2014-15 results also show that overall 60 per cent of ERC school leavers achieved five or more Highers, which is almost double the national average of 32 per cent.

East Renfrewshire’s director of education, Mhairi Shaw said: “These results are a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our pupils, teachers, education staff and parents. Our ambition for every young person to leave school and go on to further or higher education, employment or training is being realised through the excellent standards achieved by our senior pupils in the SQA examinations. The improvements we have made in both attainment and leaver destinations provides clear evidence we have raised the bar for all.

“Our intention is always to equip our children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need for life-long learning and employment.”