Banchory Academy top of the class!

At least one student from all secondary schools in Aberdeenshire has achieved straight A Higher results, the first time this has happened in 10 years.

Around 9,000 students received their SQA exam results, either through the post or by text, email or online this week.

A total of 99 pupils will be celebrating straight A Higher results, the highest number in Aberdeenshire for a decade. Banchory Academy pupils have achieved the highest number of straight A students (22), followed by Westhill Academy (15), while Mackie Academy in Stonehaven and Meldrum Academy each have 12 straight-A students.

Aberdeenshire’s overall Higher exam pass rate has risen for the second successive year, according to initial analysis of the 2012 exam results figures. For the 2,600 students who sat Higher examinations, the pass rate has risen to 77%, up from 76% in 2011 and 75% in 2010.

The overall pass rate across the different levels of qualifications for 2012 remains in line with figures for recent years.

There were nearly 800 fewer exam entries this year than in 2011, thought to be due to a reduction in school rolls at S4 level and a wider range of curricular provision from other education partners, which is not necessarily reflected in the SQA results.

Around 2,600 pupils sat Higher exams in 36 different subjects, including English, Maths, Languages, Science, Politics, Photography, Russian and Health & Food Technology.

Just under 3,000 students took 15,500 Standard Grade exams, in 26 subjects, while more than 4,000 pupils sat 8,000 Intermediate 1 and 2 qualifications in 44 subjects ranging from English and Maths to Managing Environmental Resources and Creative Cake Production.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said: “For many students across Aberdeenshire, the grades they receive today come as the result of years of hard work and dedication throughout their school career.