City schools are worst in Scotland

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TWO city schools have been named the worst-performing secondaries in Scotland, as newly-published figures revealed a postcode lottery when it comes to exam results.

No S5 pupils at Castlebrae Community High School in Craigmillar or Wester Hailes Education Centre gained three or more Highers, and only one per cent did at Craigroyston in Muirhouse.

In sharp contrast, Boroughmuir High School in Bruntsfield was the sixth highest in Scotland, with 57 per cent of S5 pupils passing three Highers. James Gillespie’s High School in Marchmont was joint ninth and North Berwick High School was tenth.

St Mary’s Music School in the West End was the best independent school in Edinburgh, with every pupil securing at least three Highers.

Education leader Marilyne MacLaren said the poorly performing secondaries were in areas faced with challenging issues.

She added: “We continue to work with these schools to make improvements and there have been individual successes, particularly in S4.”