Scottish private schools lose ground to state secondaries

Scottish private schools have lost ground to secondaries in the state sector, according to the latest national examination figures. This is from Herald Scotland

Statistics from the Scottish Council for Independent Schools (Scis) show a slight narrowing of the gap between the two sectors at Higher level.

This year, private schools recorded an overall pass rate of 90.8% compared to 91.3% in 2012, whereas pass rates for all schools have risen from 76.9% to 77.4% over the same period.

For mainstream schools only, the overall pass rate in the independent sector was 93% – the same as last year – while the proportion of exams passed at A grade was 56%.

The pass rate for Advanced Highers was also the same as last year at 92%, with 49% of exams resulting in A grades compared to 50% last year. The best performing school at Higher, according to The Herald’s league tables, was George Heriot’s, in Edinburgh, with a pass rate of 97.5%. The school, which was founded in 1628, charges £10,299 a year in fees.

…The Scis figures also show there was a significant rise in the number of entries at Advanced Higher level, with 187 more candidates than 2012. Of the 22,120 entries nationally, 3572 or 16% were pupils at independent schools.

The Scottish Baccalaureate results showed a 100% pass rate and the number of candidates from the independent sector also rose to 16, representing 9% of the total nationally.

Significantly, Higher French entries at independent schools rose by 12.3% on last year – from 466 to 531 – compared with a decline of 9.6% nationally.

John Edward, director of Scis, said the figures showed the “purposeful learning environment” at Scotland’s independent schools.

He said: “Pupils and teachers are to be congratulated for their hard work. At Higher and Advanced Higher level, more than 90% of pupils achieved A-C passes which is a fantastic achievement.

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