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Results and Destinations

At St Mary's Music School we accept pupils based on their musical ability and potential. We are not academically selective, but with our small class sizes and the indvidual attention we are able to devote to every pupil, our young musicians flourish and achieve excellent examination results.

In 2020 over 75% of SQA grades awarded resulted as Grade A and this session we saw our highest percentage pass rate (100%) across all levels. 

There were no fails and only two grade Cs (one at National 5 and one at Advanced Higher).

Examination Results 2020

Percentage Pass Rate

A/A*

B

C

D

Overall Pass Rate

National 5

88% 

10% 

2% 

 

100%

Higher

 79%

21% 

0% 

 

100%

Advanced Higher   

 92%

5% 

3% 

 

100%

           

 iGCSE Music

Grade 9 - 30% 

Grade 8 - 20% 

Grade 7 - 30% 

Grade 6 - 20% 

100%

 

Percentage Pass Rate

D1/2/3

M1/2/3

P1/2/3

Fail

Cambridge Pre-U Music

80% 

20% 

 

 

At Advanced Higher

92% of candidates across all subjects were awarded Grade A. There were 38 presentations in total with 100% A – C pass rate.

Fourteen of the presentations were S5/6 pupils taking Advanced Higher Music.

At Higher

There were 43 presentations with a 100% A – C pass rate

56% of candidates achieved a Grade A

100% of candidates achieved a Grade A or B

At National 5

There were 50 presentations with a 100% A – C pass rate

82% of candidates achieved a Grade A.

Subjects at Advanced Higher were:

Chemistry; English; French; Geography; German; History; Italian: Mathematics; Mathematics of Mechanics; Music; Physics; Spanish

At Higher:

Art and Design; Biology; Chemistry; English; ESOL, French; Gaidhlig; German, History Mathematics, Physics


 

Examination Results 2019 

In Session 2018/19  71% of pupils received A/A* grades at Advanced Higher and 96% of pupils achieved A to C grades. 

Percentage Pass Rate

A/A*

B

C

D

Overall Pass Rate

National 5

80% 

13% 

7% 

 

100%

Higher

 68%

16% 

14% 

2% 

98%

Advanced Higher   

 71%

14% 

11% 

 

97%

iGCSE Music

90% 

10% 

 

 

100%

 

Percentage Pass Rate

D1/2/3

M1/2/3

P1/2/3

Fail

Cambridge Pre-U Music

56% 

44% 

 

 

 

 

Examination Results 2018

Percentage Pass Rate

A/A*

B

C

D

Overall Pass Rate

National 5

84%

10%

3%

2%

98%

Higher

48%

37%

12%

2%

98%

Advanced Higher   

83%

14%

3%

0%

100%

iGCSE Music

100%

0%

0%

0%

100%

 

Percentage Pass Rate

D1/2/3

M1/2/3

P1/2/3

Fail

Cambridge Pre-U Music

88%

12%

0%

0%

 Destinations 

The majority of pupils choose to go on to study music at conservatoires, music college or university either in the UK or abroad. Others choose different routes. Regardless of their choice we we give them every support to help them achieve their ambition. 

Destinations for our 2019 leavers were: 

  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance 
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • University of Oxford
  • Academy of Contemporary Music 

In 2020, five of our pupils hold offers for the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. 

 

Instrumental Learning

Choir School

Saturday Music Classes

 

St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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