Pupils across Orkney are today (Tuesday 7 August) receiving their examination results from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Students who signed up for the SQA’s text or email results service should have received their results between 08:00 and 09:00 today, with results on paper delivered by First Class post throughout the day.
James Wylie, Orkney Islands Council’s Head of Education, said: “I wish to offer my congratulations to the pupils and adult learners who received results today, for their commitment to their studies, and thank their families, teachers, lecturers and the wider school and college community who supported them.
“We have a strong overall pass rate at 80%, which is lower than last year’s high figure of 85%, but we do expect some fluctuation year on year. When schools and college staff return from the summer holiday, detailed analysis of the results will take place, subject by subject, enabling us to evaluate trends, build on success and establish where any improvements may be needed.”
From this morning, schools are offering results-day support.
Pupils and parents are welcome to drop in or contact Stromness Academy throughout the day today, and on Wednesday and Thursday, where Head Teacher, Jane Partridge, and Guidance Manager, Marlyn Firth, can provide help and advice.
At Kirkwall Grammar School, Depute Head Teacher Neil Ewing is on hand until 12:00 today (Tuesday) and on Wednesday and Thursday from 09:00 to 12:00 to talk through results and options with pupils.
Skills Development Scotland staff will also be available at KGS until 15:30 today (Tuesday) to give advice on careers, college and university courses, and apprenticeships for students across Orkney. Appointments are on a drop-in basis, but the SDS team can be contacted on 01856872460 if an appointment is required.
SDS staff will also be on hand at the Kirkwall Careers Centre in Albert Street until 15:00 today.
In addition, SDS’ dedicated Exam Results Helpline is manned by qualified advisors who can be contacted on 08081008000. It is open until 20:00 today (Tuesday), from 08:00 to 20:00 on Wednesday, and from09:00 until 17:00 from Thursday until Wednesday 15 August.