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Good news is coming in post for some Badenoch and Strathspey exam pupils


By Gavin Musgrove

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Pupils in the strath have either already been informed of their revised grades or will not have to wait long to find them out after the SQA fiasco, the two local high schools have said.

Under-fire Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced last Tuesday that teachers' assessments would now be used for final grades rather than the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) results where they had been downgraded.

This will mean better grades for some candidates in one or more of their results though not all the pupils were affected in the strath.

Kingussie headteacher Ian Adamson has said that it is important pupils get their final revised grades ASAP.
Kingussie headteacher Ian Adamson has said that it is important pupils get their final revised grades ASAP.

Kingussie High School headteacher Ian Adamson has told parents in correspondence: "It is important that candidates find out as quickly as possible if any of their results will be upgraded, and we will contact all candidates in writing to let them know.

"We will do this as quickly as we can. Our approach in doing this is the same as all other schools in the Highland Council area.

"Thank you for your patience while we deal with these upgrades."

Mr Adamson added that guidance staff will be available in the usual way to support pupils with decisions about their future.

The revised grades have or are in the process of being notified to parents of affected pupils at the strath's other secondary school.

Grantown Grammar School headteacher Claire McGonigal said they had already sent out letters with revised grades home to parents and exam students on Friday.

She said: "I wanted to get the revised grades out to pupils and parents as soon as possible to give them a boost and also get them settled into their new timetables as fast as possible."

New certificates will be sent out to candidates once the SQA has processed all of the changes but it is not clear yet when this will be.

The revised changes will only improve grades for some candidates who sat National 5 Higher and Advanced Higher courses. National 2, 3 and 4 courses and unit passes are not affected.

In Grantown, around one-third of exam candidates for the three levels of examination will get at least one better grade.



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