Attaining academic excellence

Robert Gordon’s College prides itself on its tradition of academic excellence and the quality of learning and teaching available to pupils. Gordon’s has among the most impressive examination results in Scotland. The school aims to enable all its pupils to achieve the highest possible grades in public examinations, in order to empower them to follow the course of their choice at the next stage of their education. We have an outstanding record in enabling girls and boys to win places on their preferred University course.

Pupils in Senior School work towards the Scottish Qualification Authority’s National Qualifications. All Third Years take 8 subjects at National 5. These subjects are all taught over two years and in S5 almost all pupils sit 5 Highers, from a range of 24 subjects on offer. In Sixth Year, 24 subjects are on offer at Advanced Higher and 32 subjects at Higher. We have an open presentation policy in the belief that each individual pupil should be given the chance to show how well they can do.

This summer 62 S5 pupils achieved five or more straight A passes at Higher and a further 21 pupils achieved four As and a B. Over the past three years 168 Gordon’s pupils have achieved top grades in all five Highers in S5. This session 74% of the 188 pupils achieved five Highers. The A-B Higher pass rate is at its highest point of 85%, with 4 out of every 5 grades being at A or B.

Head of College, Simon Mills commented: “Strong Higher results remain the bedrock of academic success for the great majority of Gordon’s pupils and to see 85% of all grades being at either A or B at Higher for our S5 candidates is a tremendous success. This will help open many key pathways to University and careers ahead. We are very pleased for all of our pupils who worked so hard to attain success in their SQA examinations this summer.”

In addition, 64 pupils in Fourth year achieved eight straight A passes in their National 5 and Intermediate 2 examinations, 74% A passes overall, and 91% of all grades being either at A or B. Gordon’s remains committed to offering a breadth of subjects at S4 where pupils take eight subjects, making this high level success all the more significant. Nationally the opportunity for pupils to access such a broad base of subjects has become rare. The ability to offer a wide choice of subjects at S3 and S4 for National 5 remains vital for academic success for pupils moving up to Higher and Advanced Higher. 

The excellent SQA examination results enabled a high level of success fromDSC 1633 the S6 candidates applying for university entry to a very wide variety of courses and institutions. There was Oxbridge success for Katrina Harris, who will go on to study Philosophy and Theology at Worcester College, Oxford University, and for Aysha Iqbal (pictured right), who will study Medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. Anthony Walsh (Class of '15) is off to study History at St Benet's Hall, Oxford following a gap year.  Overall a large number of pupils gained entrance for high tariff courses throughout the UK, and internationally. Last year 97% of S6 pupils went on to higher education. 

Simon Mills, Head of College, concluded: “The pupils from S4 to S6 have shown once again that hard work, dedication and close partnership with their teachers produces examination results to be truly proud of. We are delighted for all of our pupils and very excited to watch their future development. Well done to all involved for this superb set of results this year.”