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SQA results arrive for school pupils

Posted on 9 Aug 2022

 SQA exams returned to our schools this year after two years of alternative certification models brought about by the pandemic.

Almost 3,400 senior pupils in North Ayrshire received their long-awaited exam results today.

Early analysis of the results shows that the majority of our learners have achieved success at a range of levels across the authority.

In 2022, North Ayrshire senior phase learners were awarded at total of 15,011 qualifications. This is over 100 awards more than were achieved overall in 2021.

In S4 this year more National 5 awards were gained than last year. Almost half of all learners in S4 achieved at least four National 5 qualifications, while 22 per cent of our learners achieved at least seven National 5 qualifications – a significant improvement on pre-pandemic levels.

In 2022, a total of 3,764 Higher awards were achieved, which is in line with the six-year average at this level. Further success was also achieved at Advanced Higher level, with a total of 552 awards gained, surpassing previous achievements at this level.

Further analysis of this year’s attainment is ongoing and a report on the attainment levels of all school leavers will be presented to North Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet later in the session.

Councillor Shaun Macaulay, Cabinet Member for Education and Young People, said: “The pandemic has made it another challenging year for our young people and their families. The Omicron variant caused disruption across the country and yet I have been struck by how determined our young people and school staff have been to ensure that this year’s results were as strong as possible.

“This was a unique year, because everyone from S4-S6 who sat SQA exams this summer was doing so for the first time. I know many of our pupils were anxious, but I also know about the incredible support they received from their families and the staff in our schools.

“Today I would like to congratulate all our pupils receiving their results – I am immensely proud of their achievements. And I would also like to thank our teachers and support staff for all they have continued to do to help our young people achieve success.

“Of course, I recognise that a number of pupils will be disappointed with their results today, but we want to make sure that every pupil in North Ayrshire is supported with their next steps.

“Teachers and school leadership teams will be available to discuss options over the coming days and at the start of term. We are promoting the message that there is ‘no wrong path’ and that there are many routes to future success beyond school, regardless of what appeared on certificates today.

“If you need to talk to someone about your results there are numerous groups and people out there who can listen and provide excellent advice and support.

“The Skills Development Scotland national exam result helpline is free to contact and staff at your school are there to help too.”

The SDS Results Helpline number is 0808 100 8000. Advisers will have access to information on course vacancies at colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships and jobs, volunteering, training or staying on at school.

The dedicated SDS Exam Results Helpline will be open:

  • Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 August – 8am to 8pm 
  • Thursday 11 and Friday 12 August – 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 August – 9am to 5pm

Other helpful numbers:

  • ChildLine - 0800 11 11
  • Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87
  • Samaritans - 116 123
  • Parentline - 0808 028 22 33