STIRLING Council’s young people are continuing to perform highly as today’s (August 6) SQA results show consistent levels of attainment in the region’s schools.

The local authority has praised the hard work of pupils, and the tireless support of staff, parents and carers, after 2018’s impressive results were maintained.

Figures show the percentage of fourth year pupils achieving five awards at National 5 level is in line with last year’s results, while there is a similar picture for those in S5 gaining five Highers or a minimum of three Highers.

Young people have also celebrated success in a wide range of vocational courses being delivered both at school and college, with a high number moving into modern apprenticeships, work-based training or employment.

As of June 2019, 94.7% of school leavers in Stirling were in a positive destination, which is the highest-ever figure recorded*.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “I would like to congratulate everyone in our schools for helping our young people achieve such success, not only our dedicated education staff, but our parents and carers who make such an important contribution.

“These excellent results ensure our young people are fulfilling their potential and able to reach a range of positive destinations, whether that’s a modern apprenticeship, the world of work or further education.”

An area of improvement was the percentage of pupils securing a minimum of three Highers in S6 – the highest since the introduction of the new qualifications.

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Margaret Brisley said: “We are all really proud of our young people, staff, parents and carers for maintaining the impressive performance levels across all aspects of the curriculum.

“While for some, this will be time to celebrate academic or vocational success, it can also be a stressful period for pupils as they ponder their next steps, but we would reassure them that help and support is available via the dedicated helplines.”

Two helplines are open for candidates following the issuing of the exam results.

Skills Development Scotland has a helpline for candidates whose results were either better or worse than they had expected. Their advisers can offer information on college and university vacancies, employment and training.

Their helpline - 0808 100 8000 – will be open 8am-8pm on 6 and 7 August, and then from 9am-5pm from 8-14 August. For more information, visit:

The SQA Candidate Advice Line - 0345 279 1000 - provides information for candidates on the content and layout of their certificate. It will be open from 8am until 6pm on 6 August, and between 8:30am and 5pm from 7-9 August.