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EXAM RESULTS

Exam results

"Best Scottish Boarding School by A Level, 2017"*

Our exam results show both the consistency and excellence of an education at Merchiston, which place us annually at the top of the league tables of Scottish schools.

The Interim Academic Results 2016-17 may be downloaded here.

GCSE and A level results 2012-2017

GCSE 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
% Pass (A*-C) 97 95  96 98 97 94
% A* grades 38 29  22 35  28 36
% A grades 27 31  35 35  30 25
% A*, A & B grades 90 86  82 89  86 82
A level 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
% Pass (A-E) 100 100 99  100 99 100
% A* grades 21 19 18 12 13 19
% A grades 35 33 36 28 31 28
% A*/A/B grades 81 81 81 76 77 74
% A*/A/B/C grades 96 94 96 91 94 89

You may have heard that some schools’ results are skewed by statistical quirks. In reviewing Merchiston’s track record above, it is worth noting a few key facts.

  • Merchiston is a mixed-ability school. Entrance to the School is not 100% based on academic ability, and thus it is not a ‘hot-house’ for very bright boys.
  • Merchiston does not pre-select a small cohort to take the key GCSE and A level exams. Some schools do this, only selecting the most able students.
  • Merchiston is a boys only environment. Most schools are co-educational. Girls perform better in exams – UK statistics show this. However, as the results show, our boys hold their own and often excel.

 

 *www.best-schools.co.uk

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