Inspectors find Musselburgh Grammar to be underperforming

pic JUSTIN SPITTLE news'Musselburgh Grammar School.

pic JUSTIN SPITTLE news'Musselburgh Grammar School.

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Pupils at Musselburgh Grammar School are underperforming in national exams compared with young people from similar backgrounds.

Education inspectors who visited the school recently have now called for action to improve levels of attainment “at all stages”.

Their findings, published this week, reveal that performance in exams is below national averages and poorer than in schools serving young people with similar needs.

While few teenagers leave the school without national qualifications, inspectors found that levels of attainment among senior pupils were “not yet high enough”.

Figures for 2013 show that 18 per cent of pupils achieved three or more Highers at grades A-C by the end of S5, compared with 25 per cent in comparator schools and the national average of 29 per cent.

Musselburgh Grammar was assessed as “weak” in terms of improvements in performance, while the curriculum was found to be “satisfactory” and learners’ experiences were judged to be “good”.

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