WTA Making Headlines
Elspeth Dugdale | March 1, 2015
Although it is true to say that "exam results aren't everything", at times they really do help. Obviously for the successful individuals they're a brilliant achievement, not to mention a clear step up to the next level. But for the school behind such students, they're an important marker post and also vital - in a grade and assessment obsessed country - for raising the profile of the school and making a mark in the educational community.
S4 results came out early February and once again, there were some high performing WTA students with overall Division 1 grades - holds similar resonance to a clutch of A*s at GCSE. Most notably this year, several also scored highly in Science subjects - which is a real sign of progress. Grades were 'higher' overall than last year's WTA 'high' grades. More students scored Division 2s and all other marks were a reasonably healthy number of Division 3s & 4s. Every student scored an overall pass (all 9 subjects), which gives access either to A levels or to other training/vocational centres. There is still a long way to go - especially in Science and Maths, but the "bulge" of overall pass grades is slowly shifting upwards. At the time of writing, we know that A' level results are just out - but no details yet.
And sometimes it is good to make it into the national papers, as it really makes other schools and parents sit up and pay attention.