604 secondary pupils in Shetland will receive their grades today by text, email or post from the Scottish Qualifications Agency (SQA).
The awards include results for National, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications taken by pupils in the Senior Phase, Secondary Four to Six.
Pupils completed exams for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications for this first time since 2019. The return to the exam diet this year followed two years of awarding through the Alternative Certification Model in 2020 and in 2021, when the Scottish Government cancelled exams due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
For Graded Qualifications:
- The A-C pass rate at National 5 is 86.6%. In 2019, this figure was 82.3%. The Scottish average this year is 80.8%.
- The A-C pass rate at Higher is 79.5%. In 2019, this figure was 81.9%. The Scottish average this year is 78.9%.
- The A-C pass rate at Advanced Higher is 88.2%. In 2019, this figure was 78.2%. The Scottish average this year is 81.3%.
On non-graded qualifications:
- National 4 Pass Rate is 92.8%.
- National 3 pass rate is 84.2%.
- There were two passes at National 2.
Pupils may appeal if any of their grades don’t seem right or if they have not performed as well as the school had expected. Pupils can submit an appeal directly to the SQA but they are encouraged to speak to their school to determine whether the estimate and alternative assessment evidence can support an appeal.
Davie Sandison, Chair of the Council’s Education and Families Committee said, “I’d like to congratulate all the pupils on their achievements, after sitting exams for the first time in three years. They’ve shown remarkable resilience in the face of the uncertainty and disruption caused by the pandemic. I would like to thank all the teachers, head teachers and support staff who have helped prepare our young people for exams this year and who have provided them with the health and wellbeing support to help them achieve their potential.”
Flight delays at Sumburgh airport this morning have caused a late arrival of mail today, including some exam results. Postal deliveries are however expected to most, if not all, of Shetland this afternoon. Attempting to collect mail from the sorting office is not advised as this will interrupt the sorting of mail. Pupils who have not signed up to MySQA and who are expecting their results by post, can contact their school today to receive their results directly.