Strong Higher Performance by Glenalmond College Pupils

Glenalmond College has performed strongly in the 2019 Highers, with pupils achieving a 100% pass rate, grade C and above, in several subjects including English and History, according to the results published by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) today.

Glenalmond re-introduced SQA qualifications into its curriculum during the 2017/18 academic year as an option for all pupils and the 2019 results follow a very encouraging performance in August 2018.

The results also saw a particularly strong performance by Glenalmond pupils in languages, with 75% of pupils who took French Higher achieving grade A, compared with the national average of 49% achieving grade A in French.

The pupils’ results underpin Glenalmond’s decision, during the 2017/18 academic year, to re-introduce Highers as an option for pupils, alongside the English GCSE and A-level exams.

The 2019 results followed a strong start last year when Highers were reintroduced for the first time since the turn of the century. Pupils  can now choose four subjects in Lower Sixth, one of which they can take as a Higher at the end of their Lower Sixth year, before continuing to take three A-levels the following year or they can opt for a full suite of five or six Highers.

Results Day 19

Warden Hugh Ouston, Head of Glenalmond, said he was delighted with the Higher results for 2019 which he said further reinforce the decision last year to re-introduce Highers into the range of qualifications offered by the school.

“Our aim at Glenalmond is to ensure pupils have the best possible learning environment which ensures there is space and time to fully realise the potential of every pupil. The positive performance of our pupils who sat Highers this year is a reflection of the inspiring learning environment our team of staff has established,” said Mr Ouston.

Steve Smith, Head of Sixth Form at Glenalmond, also welcomed the results. “I am delighted that we are sending Upper Sixth pupils off to university through the SQA Highers route as well as the A-Level route for the first time in many years. This is also fantastic news for our Lower Sixth A Level pupils who have completed an extra Higher qualification. 

“This will support them in terms of their UCAS applications and make them very attractive university candidates. Having this curriculum flexibility is also allowing pupils to gain a career-enhancing qualification whilst pursuing their core A-level choices.”