HUNDREDS of pupils across Clydebank received their exam results for 2017 yesterday.

West Dunbartonshire Council said 98 per cent of the 2,165 pupils who sat exams achieved one or more awards.

Education bosses praised the results as “fantastic” and said they were committed to ensure youngsters left school with the qualifications they needed.

Across West Dunbartonshire secondaries, 81 per cent of 285 advanced higher candidates achieved one or more passes. A full 85 per cent of 976 pupils who sat highers got one or more passes, while 88 per cent of 1,424 candidates for Nat 5s got one or more passes.

At the Nat 4 level, there were 1,051 pupils sitting exams and 98 per cent got one or more passes.

For Nat 3s, which do not include exams, there were 244 candidates and all got one or more passes.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, convener of educational services, said: “The fact that so many of our pupils have achieved one or more qualifications in this year’s exams is fantastic.

“We are committed to ensuring all of our pupils leave our schools with the skills, experience and qualifications they need to succeed in future.

“These results go a long way towards that and are testament to the hard work of our pupils, the support of their parents and carers and the commitment of our education staff.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, vice convener, added: “One of the most important elements of that is the literacy and numeracy, and I’m delighted to see really strong results in that area.”

Laura Mason, the council’s chief education officer, added: “These results are also testimony to our dedicated teaching staff who continue to motivate our students.

“Over the last five years we have made steady progress in raising attainment across West Dunbartonshire and we are all committed to maintaining that focus going forward and ensuring that all of our young people reach their potential.

“We are particularly pleased that we are steadily closing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged young people.”

The pass rate for higher exams across Scotland has dipped slightly but the total number is still above 150,000 for the third straight year. A national pass rate for Nat 4s was 92.8 per cent, but there was a significant drop in entries.

A number of pupils received their results late by email or text, prompting complaints to exam body SQA. By 11.30am Tuesday, they insisted 90 per cent of youngsters had received their results.

More than 49,000 pupils sat exams across Glasgow.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, Glasgow’s convener for education, skills and early years, said: “The results of our S5 pupils have increased across all indicators with the number of young people with one higher or more up to 51 per cent. At the same stage in 2006, only 26 per cent of pupils passed one or more higher.

“The number of S5 young people with three or more highers has also increased to 25.7 per cent - from only 12 per cent at the same stage in 2006.”

A spokeswoman for Colleges Scotland said there were many opportunities available for young people even if they were unsuccessful in their exam results.

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