Across Scotland young people received news of their SQA results today Tuesday 6th August. I want to use this blog for 3 purposes; to say thank you to those who helped prepare our pupils for today, to give families a broad indication of how the school got on. Other items on the website indicate who to contact if you have any questions/concerns about the results.
Thank you: Preparations for SQA exams involves a great many people all who deserve to be acknowledged. The pupils, their families and their teachers will have shown the keenest interest in the results which are a measure of performance against a National Standard. Thinking back over the year there are also numerous non teaching staff who have contributed to the coursework and the exams running smoothly. Amongst these are our pupil support assistants, technicians, office staff, janitors, librarian, canteen staff and cleaners. We also had a team of invigilators who ensured pupils were calm on the day and the exams ran smoothly. Some of our pupils also benefit from the support of a counsellor, a youth worker, a home school worker and a careers adviser all who help individual pupils to develop the confidence, resilience and sense of purpose needed to complete coursework or sit an examination. A key person who links between the school and SQA is Laura Murray our School Support Services Manager her co-ordination of everything needed to run the exams and ensure all of the information is submitted on time is crucial. All of these people and more deserve a massive thank you for ensuring that the pupils at Harlaw Academy were well prepared for their SQA exams and were able to receive their exam results earlier today.
How the school got on: We will not have a full analysis of the data until later this month. Indeed it will not be until mid/late September until we get detailed analysis in relation to National data. However, we have had a brief look at the headline figures for Harlaw. In broad terms our National 5 (level 5) results are a good bit better than 2018 and our Higher (level 6) results are also better than the 2018 results for Harlaw Academy – the actual figures for Harlaw Academy are shown here SQA results summary 2019 . We have been working hard for a few years to increase expectations of all pupils and to bring in alternative courses to better meet the needs of all pupils. It can however take time for the hard work to produce results and as a result I had hoped we would see modest improvement in some measures this session. To see improvement across all the main measures and such big improvement in level 5 is really encouraging.
I wish to close with 3 general points about the day the SQA results come out:
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