Successes and failures at schools throughout Tayside were revealed by Scottish Government figures published yesterday.
Details were published on the Scottish Schools Online website, showing statistical and performance-related information for Scottish schools.
While most schools saw some improvement in exam attainment, Grove Academy at Broughty Ferry led Dundee’s results, beating the national average in every category.
The figures show 76% of pupils going on to higher and further education, with 29% of pupils gaining awards at level seven.
The school is the only one in the city to have unauthorised absence rates below the national average, while the figure reaches 6.5% at Craigie High School, and 5.5% at Morgan Academy.
However, both Braeview Academy and Baldragon Academy continued to struggle behind the national average for exam results.
Only 1% of pupils at Braeview and 3% of pupils at Baldragon attained five awards or more at level six, compared to the national average of 10%.
No figures were available for St Saviour’s High School or Lawside Academy due to their recent merger as the new St Paul’s Academy.
“These figures represent the pre-appeal exam situation and, therefore, have to be treated very carefully,” said Dundee City Council’s education convener, councillor Laurie Bidwell.
“However, there are increases in higher exam passes across the city and we see this as a continuation of a positive trend that has been developing.
“We are committed to tackling challenges in attainment and we are working hard to ensure that improvements can be both maintained and built upon.”
Exam achievement at Angus secondary schools was around the national average. Only Monifieth High and Webster’s High School at Kirriemuir were below the national standard of 2% for unauthorised absence.
A total of 75% of pupils at Monifieth High School and 73% from Arbroath High School went on to further or higher education.
At Arbroath Academy, however, only 6% of pupils gained three or more awards at level six, although this was an increase of 1% on last year’s result.
An Angus Council spokeswoman said the authority was generally pleased with a “solid and improving performance” in attainment by the end of S4 and S5.
“We are particularly pleased with improvements at standard grade general and credit levels,” she said.
“Despite strong performances in individual schools, we are disappointed by the overall end of S6 attainment figures. Related priorities are being addressed in detailed improvement plans agreed by head teachers and senior managers of the authority.”