Glenalmond Pupils Achieve Excellent Higher Results

Pupils at Glenalmond College have achieved excellent results in the 2020 Highers, with a 100% pass rate in 12 subjects.

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According to the results published by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) today, Glenalmond pupils have been awarded particularly good results in languages, with 78% of pupils achieving Grade A in Modern Languages - French, Spanish and German. Classical Studies and Latin also saw excellent results, with 100% of Glenalmond pupils receiving Grade A in these subjects.

The 2020 results follow a consistently strong performance since Highers were reintroduced at Glenalmond in the 2017/18 academic year. 

Pupils at the leading Perthshire school have the flexibility to choose four subjects in their Lower Sixth year, one of which they can take as a Higher at the end of the year, before taking three A-levels the following year. Alternatively, they can opt to sit a full suite of five or six Highers.

A significant number of pupils going on to take A-Levels opt to take a language Higher and around half of Glenalmond pupils also choose to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ sees pupils study a particular area of  interest, effectively giving pupils the experience of writing a mini dissertation. 

According to Dr Michael Alderson, Head of Glenalmond, this opportunity to combine a language Higher, with an EPQ and three A-Levels means pupils are very keenly positioned for university entry and as potential future employees.

“Glenalmond offers a unique opportunity for pupils to opt to take either Highers or A-Levels or combine both and we are delighted that our pupils have performed so well in their Highers, during this very different year for exam results,” said Dr Alderson.

Steve Smith, Head of Sixth Form at Glenalmond, also welcomed today’s results. 

“It is very rewarding to see how well our pupils have done and, despite the very difficult circumstances, we have some excellent exam results. Although they were not able to sit their final exams, these results are based on two years of hard work, including mock exams and coursework showing what they could do.

“The results are also good news for our A-Level pupils who will leave Glenalmond with the benefit of the extra Higher qualification. This will support them in terms of their UCAS applications and make them very attractive university candidates. Having this A-Level/Higher curriculum flexibility also allows  pupils to gain a career-enhancing qualification while pursuing their core A-level choices.”

Dr Caroline Murie, our Head of Modern Languages, congratulates our pupils in this short video.