Pupils and teachers from Scotland’s oldest girls’ school are today celebrating the achievements of their pupils and congratulate all those who have received SQA results in these most unusual of circumstances.
This has been a year like no other with the 2020 examination diet cancelled and an alternative certification model put in place by the SQA. Before the post-certification review procedure (appeals), St Margaret’s pupils have achieved an impressive 96% pass rate (A-C) at National 5 with 90% awarded at A or B; a 92% (A-C) pass rate at Higher with 83% awarded at A or B level and a 97% pass rate at Advanced Higher with 88% awarded at A or B level. (*please click here for revised 2019/20 SQA Results following SQA announcement on 11th August).
Sixth year students will now be moving on to an impressive range of universities.
Head teacher Anna Tomlinson said “we are particularly proud of our senior girls’ achievements following a very challenging year. Our girls have risen to the challenges and their results are testament to their commitment and hard work and, of course, to the dedication and skill of our teaching staff”.
“We are delighted that so many have secured places on high tariff courses to read subjects as diverse as medicine, veterinary medicine, geology, law, computing science, dentistry and engineering to name but a few”.
“Our girls’ outstanding achievements at Higher level last summer meant that many of them were holding enviable university offers and together with their performance at Advanced Higher this year, have secured their places. When the country went into lockdown in March our pupils continued to work tirelessly and with such dedication”.
Once SQA courses were complete, St Margaret’s launched a bespoke sixth year programme which saw pupils engage in core sessions focussing on wellbeing and enrichment in addition to elective studies on topics as diverse as sign language and forensic science.
St Margaret’s has significantly increased the footprint of the school campus so that all pupils can return safely to full time schooling in August. The impressive premises at 3-5 Albyn Place provide wonderful large spaces where our pupils can enjoy the freedom of learning in their already small class sizes. Supporting physical and mental wellbeing is at the heart of our curriculum and this spacious environment is conducive to health and wellbeing at a time when these measures are so important.