School league tables: North Berwick High School in top five

Exams: The results are a key way of measuring a school's performance.
Exams: The results are a key way of measuring a school's performance.© STV

An East Lothian school is in the top five of schools in Scotland in a key indicator of school performance.

At North Berwick High School, 34% of S5 pupils achieved five or more highers at A – C grade, making them equal with Mearns Castle High School in Newton Mearns.

The schools were in joint fifth place for schools across Scotland, behind Williamwood High School, Clarkston at 46%, Jordonhill, Glasgow at 45%, St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock at 42% and Cults Academy in Abderdeen at 40%

However, it was the schools in the City of Edinburgh Council area that did the best on average on the east coast with 13% of S5 pupils in the city gaining five highers.

The Scotland-wide figure is 11%.

The figures were released by the Scottish Government on Wednesday morning and feature a variety of categories including exam results, school meal statistics and unauthorised absences.

East Lothian pupils were not far behind Edinburgh with 12% of pupils achieving five or more highers. In third place were schoolchildren in the Scottish Borders at 11%.

West Lothian and Fife came in at 10% and Midlothian lagged behind at 7%.

For unauthorised absences for S1-5 Selkirk High School had the least, with just 0.4% or pupils unaccounted for. Another Borders School – Kelso High School – came in at 0.5%.

On the other end of the scale, Castlebrae Community High School in Edinburgh had an unauthorised absence rate of 9%.

The statistics, which were published on the Scottish Schools Online website on Wednesday morning, give a breakdown of key performance indicators for every state-funded and independent school in Scotland.

Local authorities were reluctant to comment on the figures, with only one of the six councils in the east addressing them.

The Education Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council said that the statistics would allow them to earmark area for improvement.

Councillor Marilyne MacLaren said: "I'm confident that our efforts to embrace innovative ways of ensuring our pupils get the best possible education are working well, despite the large savings we've had to make.

"It's important that we know where pupils are doing well and to celebrate that but we also use this information to help to maintain success and to make improvements where they are needed."

West Lothian Council said that they would not comment on the results as they were pre-appeal.

The other councils – Midlothian, East Lothian, Scottish Borders and Fife – did not want to comment when approached by STV.

For more in depth analysis of schools in the east and across Scotland, visit the tables compiled by STV.

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