Bearsden and Milngavie secondary schools are best performers in league tables

ALL three secondary schools in Milngavie and Bearsden have made it into the top 20 of a recently published league table for 2012 exam results.

Bearsden Academy was most successful out of East Dunbartonshire schools in tenth place with 35 per cent of pupils achieving five or more Highers. Followed by Boclair Academy at 13th position and 32 per cent of pupils achieving five or more Highers and Douglas Academy at 19th with 30 per cent pupils gaining five or more Highers.

Balfron High School in Stirlingshire came 15th and had 32 per cent of pupils obtaining five or more Highers.

All eight secondary schools throughout East Dunbartonshire, which cater for 8,000 pupils, received excellent results in all subjects and levels, with 28 per cent of pupils across the district achieving five or more Highers last year.

Councillor Eric Gotts, East Dunbartonshire convener of education, said: “I am delighted that our schools have again excelled this year alongside other comparable schools throughout Scotland. Our confidence in the education received by our young people has not diminished and I congratulate all our educators.”

But Hugh Henry, education spokesman for Scottish Labour, voiced concerns that the figures highlighted a two-tier system of education with one for the better-off and another for the poorest - and he believes the gap is growing in too many places.

And well known affluent areas, Bearsden and Milngavie, certainly seem to back this up with a lower percentage of pupils on free school meals at their secondary schools - only 3.9 per cent take free school meals at Bearsden Academy, 7.9 per cent at Boclair and 5.9 at Douglas Academy.

Private school The High School of Glasgow in Anniesland, which takes many pupils from Bearsden and Milngavie, had an increase in pupil achievement for 2012 to 93 per cent of pupils achieving five or more Highers - 92 out of 103 pupils.

Rector Colin Mair said; “Our pupils and their teachers deserve tremendous credit for their outstanding exam performances in 2012.

“We are delighted that all our pupils enjoy success not just in their academic studies but through participation in a wide range of extra-curricula activities.”