Pupils from Scotland’s Oldest Girls School Celebrate Record Breaking SQA Results

Pupils from Scotland’s Oldest Girls School Celebrate Record Breaking SQA Results

9 August 2023

Pupils and teachers from Scotland’s oldest all girls’ school, St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen, are celebrating the best results at Higher level in two decades following the publication of SQA examination results.

While the school’s performance in public examinations is consistently high, this year sees the highest performance in decades for St Margaret’s Higher pupils with an outstanding 99.3% pass rate for fifth year pupils, with 90.1% of these awarded at A or B level.

Pupils in fourth year have also excelled with a 98.5% pass rate (A-C) at National 5 with 93.4% of grades at A or B level. Building on their strong results of earlier years, sixth year leavers attained an excellent 93% pass rate and are heading on to an impressive range of further education pathways.

Headteacher of St Margaret’s School for Girls, Anna Tomlinson, said:

“This year’s results are testament to our pupils’ hard work, motivation, and, of course, to the dedication and skill of our teaching staff.

We are very proud of the achievements of our learners and extend particularly warm wishes to our sixth year leavers who are now taking up places at an impressive range of universities to study subjects as diverse as medicine, economics, computing science and drama to name just a few.”

Among those celebrating today is Abigail, who is about to embark upon an exciting Gap year volunteering to teach English in Costa Rica before taking up her place at the University of Strathclyde to study forensics and analytical chemistry.”

Reflecting on her experience at St Margaret’s Abigail said:

“I have had individual careers advice and support tailored to my talents and interests throughout senior school which made me aware of the world of possibilities available to me. This in turn provided opportunities to enrich my learning beyond the curriculum. Being in a girls school has meant that stereotypes about male and female careers and positions of responsibility bore no relevance to the choices I made. Every pupil at St Margaret’s is encouraged and nurtured to find their own pathway and be their own person.”

Fellow classmate, Alexa is also celebrating the achievement of straight As at Advanced Higher level as she prepares to pursue her course in Fine Art, commenting:

“I believe that the supportive and caring environment provided by St Margaret’s has given me the confidence to follow my dream and pursue my true passion. My artistic talents have always been nurtured and celebrated and I have always been encouraged to experiment creatively, which has led to my happiest times at school. Small class sizes means that individual learners are known well and challenged and supported in a way that is right for them.”

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