SQA Examination Results 2019

The 2018 examination results once again show excellent attainment by Heriot's pupils.

The summary of Heriot's results from the 2019 SQA diet is shown below.





Total (A-C)

S4 National 5

1375 78.5% 15.6% 4.4% 99.1%

S5 Higher

889 77.8% 16.2% 4.6% 98.7%

S6 Advanced Higher

363 57% 26.1% 12.0% 94.5%


It was a very good year for S4 with an amazing 49% of our S4 pupils achieving a ‘clean sweep' of A grades across all their subjects. The overall pass rate exceeded 99%, with pupils sitting on average 7.9 National 5 exams each.


As ever, the S5 Higher figures are the benchmark by which the session's results will be judged, and our S5 pupils excelled themselves with our best ever A-C pass rate. The outstanding performance of our S5 boys with a 99.3% A-C pass rate needs particular recognition this year.

The success of our S5 pupils in attaining A grades is up almost 10% on last year, indeed 44% of our 2019 cohort attained all As, with an average presentation rate of 4.9 Highers per pupil across the year group.

S5 Higher Results: 9 Year Trend A-C Passes











96.5% 96.3% 97.5% 97.4% 96.8% 97.4% 98.1% 96.7% 98.7%


97.1% 95.8% 98.2% 98.6% 97.3% 98.4% 99.5% 98.1% 97.9%


95.9% 96.8% 96.6% 96.2% 96.3% 96.3% 96.9% 95.2% 99..3%


Our S6 results are also excellent, as the class of 2019 achieved an A-C pass rate of 94.5%. The percentage of A grades at Advanced Higher was 57.0%. This time our girls excelled, with an impressive 65.6% of their Advanced Higher presentations resulting in an A grade.

Overall the 2019 exam results represent an outstanding performance by Heriot's pupils, and we are very proud of them. Breaking records is not what exam results are about though - the important thing is that each pupil does their best and achieves the highest grades of which they are capable. Whether pupils have achieved multiple A grades or personal bests with B or C grades, each and every one deserves to be congratulated. Heriot's expects its pupils to work hard, and the effort, commitment and enthusiasm of our exam candidates have paid off magnificently. In turn they have rewarded not just the professionalism and dedication of their teachers, but also the support and encouragement which they have received from home.


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