Pupils praised for their success in a wide range of courses 

Aberdeen pupils celebrate their exam successes. Photo shows pupils from Northfield Academy, Cults Academy, Lochside Academy, Aberdeen Grammar School, Oldmachar Academy, St Machar Academy, Dyce Academy and Hazelhead Academy with Councillors Martin Greig and Miranda Radley

ABERDEEN pupils were praised today for their achievements in SQA national awards this morning.

The results showed that not only are more pupils being presented for SQA Awards but that there is an increased number of presentations per pupil from 4.87% per pupil in 2022 to 5.37% per pupil in 2023.

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A total of 23,022 SQA presentations were made in 2023 alongside a wide range of vocational courses such as National Progression Awards and Foundation Apprenticeships, which are not reported in SQA data.  

There were 1,295 more presentations at National 5 compared to 2022 with 74.5% of those presenting achieving an A-C pass. 

There were 275 more presentations made at Higher compared to 2022 with 75% of those presented achieved an A-C pass.  33% of those presented for Higher achieved an A pass. 

At Advanced Higher 74 more presentations were made compared to 2022 with 79.5% of those presented securing an A-C pass.  32% of all young people presented secured an A pass.  

There is also evidence of increased ambition for those with additional support needs with over 1,000 additional presentations. 

Councillor Martin Greig, Convener of Education and Children’s Services Committee said: “I congratulate everyone who has received their SQA results today. I especially thank the school communities, families, and friends for giving the students so much encouragement and support through the year.

“More and more young people are undertaking alternative pathways including National Progression Awards, Foundation Apprenticeships and Higher National Certificates. It is important to offer a range of learning opportunities. I look forward to finding out results from those who have participated in the city’s ABZ Campus which has expanded options for learning.”

Vice Convener of Education and Children’s Services Committee, Councillor Jessica Mennie, said: “My congratulations to all our pupils and support staff for their fantastic efforts in this year’s SQA exams.  

“I also look forward to seeing our young people are going on to positive destinations and different career paths.  I am delighted to see many more young people taking advantage of wider achievement opportunities this year, which I’m pleased have now returned to pre-pandemic levels.”

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