PUPILS across Fife have today (Tuesday) received results of the exams they never got to sit.

Envelopes came through the door and emails and texts were delivered by the SQA as young people found out how they fared in their Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5s.

Although students never got the opportunity to sit their exams in May due to the coronavirus pandemic, they still faced the dreaded wait for results based on the estimated grades (A-D) submitted to the SQA from their school or college.

Councillor Fay Sinclair, Convener of the Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: “Congratulations to everyone who’s received their SQA results today. With this year’s exams cancelled due to Covid-19, it’s not been easy.

“I’d also like to thank staff who have supported our young people with such professionalism and parents who have probably borne the brunt of the challenge this year has brought.

“For anyone who is disappointed and maybe didn’t get the results they needed, there are people to talk to and alternative pathways available so please seek out that support.

“Although qualifications are important, the learning doesn’t stop here. This is just another step on the way to adulthood, the world of work and future learning. Exams are just one stage in preparing our children for the rest of their lives.”

Maria Lloyd, head of education, added an overview of how the results initially looked across Fife for the year.

She said that early findings show that Fife's grades are a sign of improvement.

Ms Lloyd said: "Preliminary analysis of the SQA exam results for 2019-20 show things are improving across Fife.

“Overall the number of pupils gaining National 5 qualifications has increased since last year and the pass rates have improved.

"In particular, the pass rate for grades A-B improved by 3.4 percentage points.

"The pass rate for grades A-C (including pass awards in ungraded courses, like Skills for Work) improved by 2.5 percentage points.

“Higher pass rates have generally improved. In particular, the pass rate for grades A-B improved by 4.7 percentage points.

"The pass rate for grades A-C improved by 3.4 percentage points.

“Overall number of pupils gaining Advanced Highers passes has improved significantly across all grades. In particular, the pass rate for grades A-B improved by 11.0 percentage points.

"The pass rate for grades A-C improved by 10.5 percentage points."

Skills Development Scotland careers advisers are now on hand to offer advice, information and support for young people and their parents and carers.

Their dedicated Results Helpline, which you can call on 0808 100 8000, is open today and tomorrow (Wednesday) from 8am to 8pm.

It is also available on Thursday and Friday, as well as next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm.

The skilled professionals have access to information on course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Modern, Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships and jobs, volunteering or staying on at school.

Alternatively, you can visit: www.fife.gov.uk/examresults, where Fife Council have pulled together a list of useful websites, including a link to the SQA’s Frequently Asked Questions.