Education chairman proud of schools

As the school year draws to a close, Dumfries and Galloway councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the education committee, has spoken of his pride in the region’s schools.

He said: “We’re very proud of our young people in Dumfries and Galloway and what they achieve. Pupils across our schools and early years partners have now celebrated end of year successes in many areas, sharing their learning with parents, and preparing to move onto the next stage. As we move into the final afternoon of the session, with our pupils looking forward to the end of term, I wish them a great summer holiday and offer thanks to families and our staff for their support and hard work. I’d particularly like to thank school staff who are retiring and who have given so much.

“As another busy and successful session draws to a close, we continue to celebrate our pupils’ achievements, high attainment, and improving results. In secondary schools, we look forward to the results from the senior phase exams, which include the new Nationals. Results will be released in early August and we look to continue our 10 year trend of improving attainment. In our primary schools, attainment also continues to improve, in particular our hard work on maths and numeracy is now showing significant impact.

“Last month, the Accounts Commission published a report on Education in Scotland and it showed Dumfries and Galloway to be one of the most improving authorities in Scotland. This reinforces what we know; that our schools provide high quality education and our young people are successful, confident, and responsible.

“I wish all pupils and staff a great summer holiday and well deserved rest.”