Exams

The Glasgow Academy has a tradition of fostering academic excellence and we are proud of our pupils’ achievements. Our results in SQA examinations are among the best in the country.

As an independent school, The Academy is free to choose courses of study which we consider to be most beneficial for our pupils. We combine traditional teaching methods with the best of modern techniques in order to meet the challenge of today’s courses. You can see details of courses studied at each level of the Senior School in the Department pages of this site.

Pupils are usually presented for exams in eight subjects at National 5 and five subjects at Higher. However, a number of pupils achieve six or seven Highers. Zuhayr Siddiqui clocked up a record 8 A grades at Higher, plus an A at Advanced Higher, plus grade 8 (violin), grade 7 (piano) and plenty of hockey, singing and drama, whilst still only 16 and in S5 in 2013.

Our pupils have won awards for gaining the highest mark in the country: in 2016 Alasdair Forrest gained the highest mark in the country for Advanced Higher Chemistry and was presented with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Prize for Chemistry Advanced Higher at the 'Science and the Parliament' event at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

In 2016 our pupils gained our best ever Higher and Advanced Higher pass rates, as well as our best A grade rate at National 5.

The Higher pass rate at S5 was an outstanding 96.97% - 0.8% ahead of last year's record high. (Our S5 results are all the more remarkable given that the national percentage of candidates passing Higher exams dipped slightly in 2016, from 79.2% to 77.2%.) In contrast to growing national and international concerns about underperformance of boys, our S4 and S5 boys' pass rates were fractionally ahead of our girls' in 2016 and our S4 boys gained a superb 82.7% A grade rate at National 5. 39 girls and boys gained 5 or 6 A grades at Higher.

At Advanced Higher our pass rate was 93.6% and 11 pupils gained 3 or 4 A grades.

At National 5 our A grade rate was a terrific 81.6%, an excellent 6.1% improvement on last year's fine results. The pass rate was 97.9%.

We congratulate all our pupils who worked hard for their exams.

Around 95% of our pupils go on to study degree courses on leaving The Academy and in 2016 one leaver who had gained 6 A grades at Higher opted to become our first modern apprentice.