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Edinburgh pupils outperform rivals

posted 26 Nov 2009, 03:54 by David Rintoul   [ updated 26 Nov 2009, 04:07 ]

Pupils in Edinburgh's schools are widening their gap on the rest of Scotland after once again outperforming the national average in this year's SQA exams, new figures reveal.

Youngsters who sat their exams in May have also surpassed Edinburgh's results from the previous year, with those who took Advanced Highers gaining the best marks in six years.

A total of 12 per cent of pupils gained five Highers by the end of S5, compared with a Scottish average of 10 per cent.

But while the improvements have been welcomed by education chiefs, the figures highlight a stark contrast between schools in the city's more affluent areas and those in deprived communities.

So the best performing schools include Boroughmuir in Viewforth, St Thomas of Aquin's in Lauriston, James Gillespie's in Marchmont and The Royal High in Barnton – all affluent areas.