SCHOOLS in East Dunbartonshire have been congratulated for having the most school leavers going to positive destinations.
MSPs Rona Mackay and Gil Paterson have applauded schools in the local authority after 98.3 per cent of leavers went onto college, university, work or training.
In 2015/16, the figure stood at an impressive 97.5 per cent and in 2011/12 it was 95 per cent – showing a clear upward trend in recent years.
Out of all local authority areas in Scotland, East Dunbartonshire’s school leavers have left for the most positive destinations, it was announced on Tuesday February 27.
Mr Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, said: “To be able to go onto a positive destination after leaving school is a great boost for young people across East Dunbartonshire.
“The effort put into education by our schools in my constituency like Douglas Academy and Bearsden Academy really is showing through.
“Well done to all of those pupils and teachers who made this happen. The SNP government also deserves credit for its work in education and in running an economy to provide many of these positive destinations.”
The Scottish Government announced 93.1 per cent of leavers went onto college, university, work or training in 2016/17 in West Dunbartonshire.
The total across Scotland has risen from 93.3 per cent last year to 93.7 per cent this year – showing that even more young people are finding fulfilling opportunities after leaving school.
The Clydebank and Milngavie MSP said: “Well done to the hard working teachers, pupils and parents in West Dunbartonshire who have caused this improvement in leavers going to positive destinations.
“Clearly, a lot of effort has gone into this in both Clydebank High School and St Peter the Apostle High School – so I thank them for their devotion to preparing school pupils for the wider world.
“The SNP government also deserves credit for its work in education and in running an economy to provide many of these positive destinations.”
Full Scottish Government press release and publication is available here: https://news.gov.scot/news/initial-destinations-of-senior-phase-school-leavers-1
Press releases prepared by Alan Ferguson, Gil Paterson MSP's communications manager, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07342 061722..