Increase in school leavers figures

Pupils bring their views on current affairs to school. Picture: John Devlin
Pupils bring their views on current affairs to school. Picture: John Devlin

Latest figures released by the Scottish Government have shown that school leavers across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley are going on to positive destinations in greater numbers than previously.

The four years since 2011/12 have seen a 5.5% increase in the number of school leavers in South Ayrshire going on to further or higher education, training or employment, taking the overall percentage to 94.2 in 2015/16.

In South Ayrshire 46% of leavers went in to higher education and 18% went in to employment in 2015-16.

SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Jeane Freeman said: “Our schools and young people are benefitting from this commitment from the Scottish Government.

“Additional spending in the budget and the funding to close the attainment gap will go further still to helping more young people from Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley find positive destinations after leaving school.

“I’m delighted to see 91.8% of school leavers in East Ayrshire and 94.3% of school leavers in South Ayrshire now going to positive destinations such as employment, training, university or college after leaving school. This shows the continued progress the Scottish Government is making to give young people across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley the best start in life.”