Pupils achieve record exam results
Pupils in West Lothian have recorded the best ever set of exam results for the area for a fantastic 6th consecutive year.
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exam results were received by students on Tuesday 7 August, with more local pupils achieving great results than ever before.
Early indications show that the results across West Lothian have improved by 3% or more in every key area.
All eleven secondary schools in West Lothian recorded increases in key results, with West Calder High and Livingston's Deans and Inveralmond Community High schools achieving especially strong results this year.
Executive councillor for education, David Dodds said: "We would like to thank all the students on their hard work in their Nationals and Highers, who have helped deliver another amazing set of exam results for West Lothian.
"Their hard work has paid off and will stand them in good stead for the future. Many thanks must also go to all the families, carers, teachers and school staff who have played a vital role in helping our young people achieve these fantastic results.
"It's fantastic to see exam results continuing to improve in West Lothian, with our best ever set of exam results for a sixth consecutive year. We are also supporting pupils to achieve their best regardless of their level in our schools.
"For anyone who didn't achieve the results they hoped: Don't panic, help is available from a wide range of organisations. Please speak to your school, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), West Lothian College or the University and College Admission Scheme (UCAS), who can all offer help and support."
Over 70% of pupils in West Lothian now achieve one or more Higher, a rise of 3% since last year and a rise of 27% since 2012. Those achieving three or more Highers have also risen by 5% in the last year to 52%, a 20 percentage page rise over the last six years.
The number of pupils passing five or more Highers has more than doubled over the last six years to 32%, a 5% rise in the last year alone.
Council Leader Lawrence Fitzpatrick added: "I'm delighted to see exam results improve in West Lothian for a record 6th consecutive year, with the success is down to the dedication of the pupils and the quality of teaching.
"It's vital we play our part to 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."
A wide range of advice is available for pupils looking to discuss their results further or plan their next steps:
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 helpline on 0808 100 8000. It will be open from 8am until 8pm on 7 and 8 August and from 9am until 5pm from 9 until 15 August. Or visit, Skills Development Scotland Centre, Cairngorm House, Almondvale Boulevard, Livingston, EH54 6QN, which is open from 9.00am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
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 UCAS