WEST Fife's best high schools for "gold standard" attainment have been revealed.

The figures, which were published by The Times, show the performances of every secondary school in Scotland based on the number of pupils achieving five or more highers.

Dunfermline High School, Inverkeithing HS, Queen Anne HS, St Columba's RC HS and Woodmill HS all feature.

Of those schools, Inverkeithing High School ranked the highest.

Out of the 340 schools within the Scottish School League Table, Inverkeithing ranked 139th.

In 2019, the school had 41 per cent of pupils attaining the "gold standard" of five highers, but that figure fell by 1 per cent in 2020, leading to a drop from 92nd to 139th in the standings.

Woodmill High School also experienced a decrease in gold standard attainment with 36 percent of pupils achieving the feat, a decline of 6 per cent.

This percentage secured the school 187th position in the table, a fall from 88th in 2019.

Dunfermline High School is three positions back in 190th - dropping 60 places - despite the percentage level of pupils attaining five highers remaining at 36 per cent for a consecutive year.

Queen Anne High School saw an increase of 1 per cent in gold standard attainment from 34 to 35 per cent, a figure good enough for 202nd place. This was a fall of 42 positions.

The only West Fife secondary to record improvement in the standings was St Columba's RC High School.

The school saw a 3 per cent rise in attainment from 25 to 28 per cent, leading to a climb of six positions in the standings this year from 274th to 268th.

Following the publication of the latest figures, Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Claire Baker stated that the new Scottish Parliament outlook must make the recovery of the economy, health sector and education its focus.

Ms Baker said: "The impact of the pandemic has been huge for our schools pupils and teachers and this past year they have all worked so hard in the most difficult circumstances.

“While these league tables are not a fair reflection of a schools overall performance, they clearly show that in terms of exam results the vast majority of pupils in the top-performing schools continue to come from the country’s most affluent neighbourhoods."

She continued to add that "urgent and continued action" to support pupils is required.

“As the new Scottish Parliament convenes for the first time, we have an opportunity to show that across the Chamber we are putting recovery first and I hope that the Scottish Government will prioritise education as part of that," she stated.