EXAM performance by Moray’s secondary students has been praised by education chiefs.
In seven out of 11 ‘key areas’, performance had improved from last year, and it was equalled in a further three.
However, the number of students with one or more Advanced Highers by the end of S6 had declined by 2% from 2011. Targets to increase attainment in Higher exams were met.
Chair of the children and young peoples services committee, Anne Skene, welcomed the results as a “good news story”. And Laurence Findlay, head of schools and curriculum development, said: “Overall, this was a very positive year for the attainment of our young people in Moray.” Mr Findlay added, however, that there is always room for improvement.
A planned change in reporting that will see achievements as well as attainment recognised was welcomed by the committee.
Gary Coull, Keith and Cullen, said: “Congratulations to the young people and the staff for these results, I know how hard it is to go through Standard Grades and Highers. I also welcome the changes that we’re going to have in reporting these statistics; I’ve had difficulties in the past because we need to recognise achievement as well as attainment.”
Under the move, participation in schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the John Muir scheme would also be recognised.