Coltness High School head teacher Donald Fergusson
School league tables released last week revealed Coltness High is still the top-performing secondary in Wishaw.
St Aidan’s High had the next best pass rate for pupils in the town, with Clyde Valley High propping up the results.
Across North Lanarkshire, the local authority welcomed year-on-rises across the three main indicators, with pupils gaining five or more awards at Credit or Intermediate 2 level by the end of fourth year, youngsters getting three or more Highers at the end of fifth year and teens gaining five or more Highers by the end of sixth year.
Donald Fergusson, head teacher of Coltness High, said: “The exam success is all down to the hard work of our pupils, supported by their teachers. We are all pleased that the school is achieving high standards for future years to emulate or even surpass.
“Every year, we do our best to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and experiences they require to do well in their exams and to take with them throughout their lives.
“However, it’s down to each individual pupil the extent to which they make the most of the support being offered — we’re delighted that so many are choosing to do just that.
“Our new school is a wonderful facility providing our pupils with a first-class environment for them to work and learn and we hope that this can lead to continued improvement in years to come.”
In Coltness High, 37 per cent of pupils in S4 gained five or more Standard Grades at credit level, while 30 per cent of S4 pupils went on to pass three or more Highers.
St Aidan’s High saw 32 per cent of S4 youngsters get five or more Standard Grades at credit level, with 22 per cent of S4 going on to collect three or more Highers.
At Clyde Valley High, 26 per cent of S4 teens achieved five or more Standard Grades at credit level, while 12 per cent of S4 went on to pass three or more Highers.
Councillor Jim Logue, convener of learning and leisure services for the North Lanarkshire Council, said: “We aim to provide pupils with the best set of skills, knowledge and experiences to last them throughout their lives.
“This year’s figure, and the examination trend over several years, is encouraging. We will always demand the best for all our children and we believe that we can build on this success.”
Christine Pollock, executive director of learning and leisure services, said: “Thanks to the considerable hard work of our pupils and teachers we continue to see year on year improvements in examination results. We are delighted for the pupils and their families and hope this gives them the foundations to have success in the future studies.
Last year, Coltness High was top of the exam success table in the town, with 44 per cent of pupils gaining top Standard Grades and 22 per cent three or more Highers.
Clyde Valley High saw their number of high-achieving pupils decrease from 20 to 17 per cent at Standard Grade and 13 to 10 per cent at Higher level.
St Aidan’s High saw an increase in those gaining three or more Highers (18 to 23 per cent) and a fall in the number earning top Standard Grades (39 to 34 per cent).