East Ren rocks results

EAST Renfrewshire has once again come out on top for Scottish exam results.

And among that result, Williamwood High school in Clarkston was the best in the country for fifth year pupils attaining five Highers.

Due to official figures released by Education Scotland showed that some 45 per cent of S5 pupils at Williamwood and 43% pupils from St Ninian’s High school passed five Highers.

A third of pupils across all schools in East Renfrewshire attained five or more Highers and of those 119 S5 pupils passed five with an A grade.

And it was even better news for the community’s S4 pupils.

They achieved their highest ever results with 67% attaining five or more qualifications at intermediate 2 level or better – up from 61% last years.

The S4 pupils at St Ninian’s and Williamwood helped the schools achieve their best ever Standard Grade results.

Eastwood High school, Mearns Castle High school, St Luke’s High school and Woodfarm High school all saw an increase in the proportion achieving five or more intermediate 2 awards.

And this year Barrhead High school achieved their best ever performance for five or more Highers at 15%.

Some 247 pupils achieved eight or more grade A passes at intermediate 2 — up from 15% in the 2011 examinations.

Headteacher of Williamwood High school, John Sinclair said: “We’re not surprised by the results — we’ve got very able pupils.

“The levels they’ve achieved this year are not different from the level of achievements from the last four or five years.

“We’ve got very able and capable young people who take their studies seriously.

“That’s matched by some equally talented and hard-working staff who are not complacent about what they do but who are determined each year to improve on what they’ve done in the past.

“It’s the combination of those two fundamental things.”

Locla MSP Ken Macintosh was quick to welcome the results.

Mr Macintosh told The Extra: “I am delighted that once again we can see just how good our schools here in East Renfrewshire are.

“This is a testament to the huge effort put in every day by teachers, classroom assistants, parents and of course by our young people themselves.

“League tables do not tell the whole story, but I know from visiting many local schools that we have some of the most enthusiastic teachers who install a passion for learning in young people which is so important.

“Well done to them all.”

Stewart Maxwell, convenor of the Scottish parliament’s Education and Culture committee, said: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to all the students in East Renfrewshire who worked so hard to achieve these excellent results.

“Particular credit must go to Williamwood High school and St Ninian’s High school for being placed first and second in the Herald’s school league table.

“East Renfrewshire’s consistently high placing on the table is also testament to the high quality of the teaching staff and I wish all students the best of luck with their studies for the remainder of the academic year.”