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Exam Results

Seventh year of improving exam results

07 August
Whitburn Academy

Dedicated pupils at West Lothian Council schools have recorded an amazing seventh consecutive year of exam improvement.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exam results were received by students on Tuesday 6 August, with more local pupils achieving better exam results than ever before.

Early indications show that the results from S5 pupils across West Lothian's 11 secondary schools have improved across a number of key indicators at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6, which includes Highers or equivalent qualifications.

Those achieving five or more passes at this level rose by nine percentage points this year to 41%, and those with three or more passes rising by six percentage points to 58%.

Executive councillor for education, David Dodds, said: "It's another fantastic set of exam results for West Lothian, and a just reward for all the hard work from pupils to achieve them.

"I'm delighted to see a record seventh consecutive year of improving exam results, as we aim to do all we can to support our young people to succeed.

"These superb results will help our young people increase their opportunities for success in their chosen field, whether it's further study, training or employment.

"Huge thanks also to all the families, carers, teachers and school staff who have played a role in supporting our young people through what can be a challenging period in their lives."

Whitburn Academy S5 pupils were among those who performed exceptionally well this year at Higher or equivalent level, with an 11 percentage point increase in those achieving five or more passes and a 12 percentage point increase in those achieving three or more passes.

Whitburn Academy Headteacher Tracey Louden said: "I am incredibly proud of the outstanding achievements of so many of our pupils receiving their exam results today.

"Not only am I delighted for our pupils, who are so deserving of their great results, I am also delighted for our staff too, as they work tirelessly with our young people all year.

"I am so pleased that the hard work, commitment and dedication of both staff and pupils is reflected in our brilliant results."

A total of 71% of S5 pupils in West Lothian now achieve one or more Higher or equivalent level qualification, an incredible rise of 17 percentage points since 2014. Those achieving three or more passes at this level have also risen by six percentage points in the last year to 58%, a 24 percentage point rise over the last five years.

The number of S5 pupils achieving five or more Higher or equivalent level passes has more than doubled over the last five years to an impressive 42% in West Lothian.

Council Leader Lawrence Fitzpatrick added: "I'm delighted to see exam results improve in West Lothian for a record seventh consecutive year, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our pupils and the quality of teaching.

"It's vital we support their achievements by giving them the best possible platform for learning, such as continuing to invest in our school estate to ensure it remains one of the best in Scotland.

 "Whilst it's important we celebrate those who have done well in their exams, we aim to support all our pupils to achieve their best regardless of their level in our schools.  We recognise that not every young person is academically-minded, and that's why our schools offer a broad range of opportunities, such as vocational training, to help everyone achieve their full potential.

"A total of 93.3% of West Lothian pupils went onto sustained positive destinations after leaving school last year, such as education, training or employment, and we hope this will also continue to improve again this year.

"For anyone who didn't achieve the results they hoped for: Don't panic, help is available from a wide range of organisations as detailed below."

Talk to your school: School staff will be available after the exam results are released to offer advice and help, particularly for pupils who intend to continue in school education.

Skills Development Scotland: For careers advice contact the special free helpline on 0808 100 8000,which is open 9am to 5pm weekdays until Wednesday 14 August. Or visit Skills Development Scotland Centre, Cairngorm House, Almondvale Boulevard, Livingston, EH54 6QN, open 9.45am to 5pm on Mondays and 9am to 5pm,  Tuesdays to Fridays.

West Lothian College: For information about courses visit:, contact the admissions Office: 01506 427605 or email:

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS): If you are undecided about your future there is a wealth of advice and information and options available on



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