Information for University and College Admissions Teams
Eyemouth High School is a small, rural, comprehensive school on the edge of the Scottish Borders. It is located in an area affected by coastal deprivation, and poor access to further and higher education with major populations’ centres over an hour away. Our progression rate to university over the last five years sits at 31%, 8% lower than our virtual comparator for the same period. Last year this gap stretched to over 13%. Each year this amounts to approximately on average 22 students. The school offers a good range of higher qualifications – 23 different subjects, however, ten of these are delivered through multi-level classes alongside National 5 students. In this particular year group there were excellent performances in the 2019 Diet – 25 students achieved 5 As or more in these examinations.
Our students were affected by the Global Coronavirus Pandemic greatly - from the lockdown in March they were unable to add value to their performance and experience in-person teaching at this crucial time. Our students had their own iPad with which to communicate and collaborate and we made use of these devices to ensure as much progression in learning as possible. In addition, many internal assignments and coursework were not completed, marked externally, or feedback given. The school engaged in a thorough internal moderation and estimation process to arrive at the grades put forward to the SQA. This particular year group are the strongest we have had on record, and were on track to achieve the best set of Higher results that the school has had before the lockdown occurred.
Students can study a number of Advanced Highers. In our setting this may mean they are in a bi-level class with Higher students, or they may receive just three taught periods a week, unlike bigger schools where there is a more comprehensive taught offer. The onus is on students to work independently and organise their study time effectively. We feel this prepares our students well for university life and work.