SQA Results 2013
This year we had a strong SQA performance and our results were very encouraging, in particular our Higher results. As in past years QMA pupils performed very well at Standard Grade and Intermediate levels in S4, maintaining the high levels of last year. Almost half of the mainstream pupils achieved five credit passes or better in S4. Most pleasingly though was the significant rise in performance across all measures at Higher level in S5.
The graph below shows how Queen Margaret Academy performed in 2013 at the different measures of attainment. (1+ Highers or better, 3+ Highers or better, 5 +Highers or better)
As you can see we performed well above the South Ayrshire Council average in all measures which is an outstanding performance. My thanks to all the pupils for their commitment and hard work in achieving this success, to our teaching staff for all their endeavours and dedication and to the parents of our upper school pupils for their support over this past year.
At the end of August the full analysis of school results will be made available by the Scottish Government and we will place further information on our school website and newsletter.
The standard of uniform in Queen Margaret Academy has always been good, but last session we have made a concerted effort to focus on school uniform at assemblies. I am delighted to say that over the past few months
there has been an improvement in the level of uniform across the school. In all year groups, there has been a high proportion of our pupils wearing their school blazer on their return to school in August. We placed a large number of orders from parents for new school blazers in June and this has led to a significant
roll out across the school. Queen Margaret Academy sets high expectations in our dress code for pupils and we are grateful to parents for their continued support in maintaining our high standard of uniform.
Parents who wish to place an order for a blazer for their child, can do so by sending send in a cheque made payable to the school for £25 or in cash. An order for a blazer, takes approximately two weeks to be delivered to
the school from the manufacturer.
The school has personal lockers available to pupils. These are available for the whole academic year for a £7 rental.
Pupils who wish to apply for one should complete a booking slip, available at the school office. There is limited availability, so pupils wh0 wish a locker, should apply early in the year at the beginning of term to avoid
The school uses a locker system with combination locks which is secure and avoids the problem of loss of keys.
Dance Leader Award
The following pupils achieved the Dance Leader Award after attending the Y dance sessions here at Queen Margaret before the summer holidays. They were then selected to sit the award which they completed during
the summer holidays. Congratulations to all!! They will now lead dance session at our feeder primaries and hold a lunch time club here at Queen Margaret.
The pupils involved are:
Natalie Eadie, Melissa Jamieson, Jennifer Barnes and Hannah Ross.
The results have just come through
The 1st/2nd year team last year were 3rd in the Ayrshire Schools League. Congratulations to
This year training is commencing 26 August in the Gameshall for S1- S4, 3.35 – 4.45. All
To Infinity and Beyond…
We have some exciting news in Physics, Nina Sweeney (S6) who was selected to attended Space School at Strathclyde University in June has now been selected to go to Space School in Houston, Texas in October for a week! She is one of only 40 pupils across Scotland who were selected after impressing everyone at Strathclyde University and being part of the winning team at the 4 day residential event. She was the selected for an interview this week and was selected to go to Houston. This is a great opportunity for her and I’m sure she will be a great ambassador for the school and for girls in physics. We should be very proud of her.
At Queen Margaret Academy we endeavour to ensure our pupils are fully supported. Over the last few months we have discussed study skills with S4,S5, and S6 in PSHE and in curricular areas and assemblies. Pupils have been encouraged to plan their studying with the use of a study timetable. They have been given time and support in class to enable them to do so. We will continue to discuss study skills and expectations for exam preparation through PSHE and assemblies.
Regular meetings with mentors have also been arranged so pupils can discuss their progress and any concerns they have.
Supported Study is available in the majority of subjects after school. A diet of Easter School sessions will be published shortly.
In recent weeks pupils have been issued with their Scottish Candidate Number Card. Pupils have been encouraged to access the SQA website and download the Exam Diet Timetable. It is essential that all pupils are aware of the dates of each exam and plans their studying accordingly. A personalised timetable will be issued to all pupils after Easter.
We would request that parents and guardians emphasise the importance of a study schedule and regular study to their child. Only four teaching weeks remain until exams begin. Our expectation would be that the majority of candidates should be studying every evening, with regular breaks. We would also consider that the Easter break would be a time to consolidate on learning and studying. Again, we suggest this is balanced with your child’s need for regular breaks and some relaxation time.
The final teaching day for S4 pupils will be Wednesday 24th April and for S5/6 Tuesday 7th May.
S4 return as the new s5 on Monday 3rd June. S5 return as the new S6 on Thursday 6th June
We thank all parents and guardians for their support in encouraging their child to achieve his/her fullest potential in the upcoming exams.
We have attached copies of the recent documentation issued to pupils from the SQA:
SQA EXAM TIMETABLE
Scottish Candidate Number card
SQA- Your Exams. This contains information regarding Appeals,what to do if you are ill during the exam diet, the date that results will be issued etc. A full booklet can be downloaded form www.mysqa.info or www.sqa.org.uk
Get Your Results Early- how to register for the email and texts results service (pupils will also receive a posted certificate if using this option).
The staff and pupils of Queen Margaret Academy wish you all a happy and successful year.
We are now entering one of the busiest terms for Senior pupils: The S4 reports will be issued shortly; Prelim results are being issued to S4 pupils; S5 will embark upon Prelims at the end of the month so are frantically revising; UCAS applications are being finalised, folio deadlines are due; supported study sessions are beginning to name but a few of the deadlines looming!
Pupils will be supported during this important (and sometimes stressful!) period. S4 and S5 pupils have been allocated mentors who will discuss study plans and keep pupils on track. “How to Study” lessons will also be a focus of PSHE and assemblies.
The Junior discos were a real success and a fabulous end to last term. The pupils looked fabulous and their behaviour was impeccable as they danced the night away in The Ark. Photos from the S3/4 Disco are available in the Media Gallery. S1/2 picture will be uploaded soon!
The s2 ghost story contest was a great success. Our pupils were asked to write their own ghost stories. A winner was chosen from each of the S2 classes with each one going forward to the final. Having chosen the five finalists, each pupil read their story to the entire year group and our very own QMA version of the Booker prize panel! Our judging panel was made up of Linda Fox, the Science technician, Laura Chidwick from Science, Andrew Campbell from Maths and Kennedy Pollock – one of the sixth years.
The overall winner was Briony Scott from Mrs O’Neill class for her fantastic story – “Forbidden Love” but all the contestants read very well. Congratulations to all the pupils who were shortlisted and many thanks to our judges.
Our S1/S2 teams were successful in beating Auchinleck Academy just before the end of term. Both teams played consistently well with accurate shooting skills from Goal Attacks and Goal Shooters. Players of the match were Mia Cullis and Niamh McHugh. Well done. Keep up the winning streak!
Congratulations to our U18 football team. The team achieved a well-deserved win over Carrick Academy. The final score was 2-0 with goals from Scott McLean and Callum Haymarch. Well done to all players involved and their coach Mr Mallon.
Whole school news
It is with great pride that we announce that two of our pupils, Callum Haymarch & Scott McLean (S4) have been chosen for the Scotland Select 16’s team. 24 boys were selected from 4000 after 3 trial games at Toryglen, Glasgow. This is a tremendous achievement and everyone at QMA wishes the two boys the very best in their future playing careers.
SQA exam results have now been released.
Congratulations to all our pupils for their hard work. The S4 results for this session were excellent with a record number of pupils achieving Credit results.
At Higher, Ciaran McHugh achieved a phenomenal 6 A’s at Higher with Agata Gostanska and Joseph Cochrane achieving an outstanding 5 A’s. A number of other pupils also achieved excellent results at Higher and Intermediate 2.
If you did not receive the results you anticipated, you should contact Ms McMillan and she will give you advice about appeals or the impact this may have on college or university placements.
Pupils who may have to alter their options choices based on exam results will be contacted in the coming week to speak to SMT or Guidance about subject pathways for S5 or S6. If you are not contacted by letter then you will be given the opportunity to alter some subject choices on the 1st day back of term. Mr Yule and Ms McMillan will discuss this with you then.
S4-6 Pupils in Queen Margaret Academy have now completed all the learning and teaching for their Standard Grade, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher courses. Now they are preparing to go off and complete sit their final examinations.
We wish them all the best of luck!