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Another very good set of results

AS ENVELOPES containing exams results drop through letter boxes across Shetland on Thursday morning, the isles’ schools service said they were delighted with pupils’ achievements this year.

Pass rates for highers at 80 per cent continue to be above the Scottish average of 74.6 per cent.

Shetland Islands Council said that 655 pupils had sat exams in standard, intermediate 2, highers and advanced highers grades.

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The school service said it was too early to give a detailed response to the figures, but initial analysis showed “another very good set of results for Shetland schools”.

“Initial analysis of the data indicates that the high standards of previous years continue to be maintained,” a spokeswoman said.

Fifty eight per cent of candidates sitting standard grades achieved a credit grade (grade 1 or 2), compared with 56 per cent in 2009.

Eighty two per cent of candidates sitting Intermediate 2 qualifications achieved a C grade or better in at least one subject compared with 80 per cent in 2009.  There was also a four per cent increase in those achieving an A grade at Intermediate 2.

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Eighty per cent of candidates sitting highers achieved at least one C grade or better in at least one subject compared with 79 per cent last year.

As with standard grade and intermediate 2, there was an increase in top achievers with 34 more candidates (five per cent) achieving an A grade compared with 2009.

There was also a five per cent increase in A grades at advanced higher level. The numbers of those taking advanced higher was 105, the same as last year.

SIC services committee chairman Gussie Angus praised local pupils. “The results show a consistent improvement, particularly in those attaining the top grades at all levels,” he said.

“I want to congratulate all the young folk and staff who have worked very hard throughout last session to gain these good results.”

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