School leavers move on to further education, training and employment

Published Date: 

17 Dec 2013 - 11:15

The number of Argyll and Bute Council school leavers moving on to further education, training or employment has increased to 92.5% - the highest percentage ever recorded for the authority.

Rothesay Academy and Campbeltown Grammar saw the highest increases for 2012/13– with Rothesay 11.3% higher than 2011/12 and Campbeltown 10.9% higher for the same year.

The council’s annual school leaver destination report, which records 875 senior pupils leaving the authority’s 10 secondary schools, shows Argyll and Bute Council above the national average.

The council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Aileen Morton, said, “I am delighted to see such a high percentage of our young people move on from school to positive destinations. This highlights the effort the Council has made recently to support our young people to take advantage of all opportunities available to them. Rothesay Academy and Campbeltown Grammar have seen incredible increases, but it is also notable that our secondary schools in Tarbert, Tiree and Tobermory have seen one hundred per cent of leavers going on to further education, training or employment.

 “The education service, working with our partners, can provide advice and guidance to each school leaver on how they can make the most of their own potential through the Opportunities for All initiative. This is important not just for the young people but also for the local communities who look to them to support the growth and development of Argyll and Bute in the future.”

National data published on Friday 13 December shows the council when compared to the 31 other Scottish local authorities has improved its ranking from 15th to 13th.

On Islay, 58% of the High School’s leavers went into employment and Dunoon Grammar School leavers showed the highest percentage going into further education – 29.5%. 

Both Hermitage Academy and Islay High School have over 10% of leavers unemployed to date - a total of 25 young people – and further support will be offered to both of these schools to see what is needed to help their school leavers take more advantage of future opportunities.