Scotland’s schools named best and worst for performance in 2022 league table



Scotland’s top performing secondary state schools have been named in the latest league table.

The Times Scotland’s 2022 High School League Table calculates a percentage of the number of pupils that achieved the Scottish Government’s so-called ‘gold standard’ of five Highers in 2021.

And it was Jordanhill School in Glasgow that was named the best performing school for a sixth year in a row – with 91 per cent of pupils hitting the gold standard.

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Bearsden Academy, East Dunbartonshire, and St Ninian’s High School, East Renfrewshire, come second and third respectively.

Braes High School near Falkirk was Scotland’s most improved school, according to the study.

However, there are concerns that the school is now becoming “increasingly elitist”, with figures showing an increasing number of pupils coming from more affluent areas.

Figures show that 80 per cent of pupils were from the most affluent neighbourhoods, with 10 per cent from middle class areas.

The Times noted that there were no pupils from the most deprived areas at Jordanhill School in 2021.

Mark McLaughlin, education correspondent at The Times Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government claims it ‘does not do league tables’ but this is disingenuous.

“It discloses an annual school-by-school breakdown of the proportion of pupils who earn qualifications at each level of the curriculum – a league table in all but name.

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“By publishing this information in an accessible and fully searchable guide, we seek to empower parents with information around the performance of their local schools.

“Five Highers is a good measure of success, but not the only measure.

“For that reason, The Times has also published the socioeconomic profile of the top and bottom schools, which shows some punch above their weight.”

The top 10 schools in reaching ‘gold standard’ in Highers

League position 2021 school Council 2020 2021
1 Jordanhill School grant aided 86% 91%
two Bearsden Academy East Dunbartonshire 76% 81%
3 St Ninian’s High School East Renfrewshire 80% 78%
4 Cult Academy Aberdeen City 76% 78%
5 Williamwood High School East Renfrewshire 76% 77%
6 Glasgow Gaelic School glasgow-city 65% 76%
7 Dunblane High School Stirling 79% 75%
8 Gryffe High School Renfrewshire 80% 74%
9 Boroughmuir High School Edinburgh City 76% 73%
10 Bishopbriggs Academy East Dunbartonshire 74% 73%

The bottom 10 schools in reaching ‘gold standard’ in Highers

League position 2021 school Council 2020 2021
340 Tiree High School Argyll & Bute N/A 0%
339 Northfield Academy Aberdeen City 10% 7%
338 Braeview Academy Dundee City 13% 12%
337 Inverness High School Highland 13% 12%
336 Northwest Community Campus Dumfries & Galloway N/A 13%
335 Wester Hailes Education Center Edinburgh City eleven% 14%
334 St Paul’s High School glasgow-city 17% 14%
333 Lochside Academy Aberdeen City twenty-one% 14%
332 Beath High School Fife 25% 17%
331 Levenmouth Academy Fife 25% 17%

The full list published by The Times can be found here.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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