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The wait is finally over for around 80 Arran youngsters who received their exam results earlier this week.
Early analysis of the results shows continued success at a range of levels across the North Ayrshire Council area. A higher proportion of S4 pupils who sat National 5 qualifications 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 schools and departments to establish the key highlights and areas for further focused improvement.
Council leader Joe Cullinane said: ‘Young people across North Ayrshire have worked extremely hard over the last year and that is illustrated by the strong results.
‘ 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 schools, pupils can also receive guidance from Skills Development Scotland or via the exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000. This number will be open from 9am to 5pm until Wednesday August 15.