Celebrating the exam success of Dundee pupils and students
Laurie Bidwell, Labour’s Education Spokesperson in the City
7 August 2012
This morning there will be mixed emotions amongst the many hundreds of pupils and students in our city who will have been opening their SQA exam results.
Whether reading their results in a text, email or in the contents of their SQA envelope received through the post this will be a 'red letter day'.
For many candidates there will be tears of joy and sighs of relief that hard work has been rewarded with passes and grades that will open doors to continuing studies at School or new opportunities and challenges at College, University and in the world of work.
For some there will inevitably be disappointment with the results achieved and the necessity for a rethink.
I should like to congratulate pupils and students on all their successes in their various SQA examinations and assessments.
Like many of our medal winning athletes in the Olympics, these successes will not be a flash in the pan but will be based on hard work over a sustained period of time.
And of course I should not forget to credit the support of the equivalent of the coaches and supporters.
In this case, the inspiration and encouragement of the teachers and parents and carers as well as the wider network of friends and family will also have been part of the story behind these successes.
For those that are disappointed with their results, I would encourage taking to heart the proverb that my late Father used to repeat on those occasions when I hadn't excelled: 'if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.' "
For those who have missed their grades to meet a provisional offer for a place at University this will be anxious time to see whether their grades are still acceptable or whether an alternative place or course might be available through clearing.
Clearing opens today http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ for applicants in Scotland.
Later this week or next, analyses be available from the Director of Education about how the results of our school pupils add up across the city and how these city wide results compare with previous years and with other areas in Scotland.
But for today, the focus should be on celebrating the positive results of our pupils who deserve their day enjoying their successes; their medal winning performances.
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