A RECENT report has revealed that almost 99 per cent of pupils across the area are progressing from school to a "positive destination".

The recent School Leaver Destination Report (SLDR) recorded 98.6 per cent of pupils across South Ayrshire progressing from school to a positive destination.

A positive destination is defined as a pupil going on to Higher Education, Further Education, Employment, Training, Voluntary Work or Personal Skills Development.

The current national average for these destinations sits at 95.7 per cent.

South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education, Councillor Stephen Ferry, said: “Once again I’m delighted with our performance stated in the School Leaver Destination Report. As the data shows, each year we continue to go from strength to strength, which is what our pupils deserve.

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“It’s incredibly important that all our young people feel that they have options and are fully supported when exploring the various pathways open to them when leaving school.

"While further education remains a popular route, it’s not for everyone and I’m proud that our Education and Thriving Communities staff and partners are able to assist so many young people realise their potential.”

South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Councillor Bob Pollock, said: “Leaving school is a pivotal part of a young person’s life and it’s paramount that we do our utmost to provide the guidance and support necessary to help them take their next steps.

“I’m pleased that our staff and partnership working with Ayrshire College and Skills Development Scotland continue to make such a positive impact and our young people are able to implement the wealth of knowledge and skills that they’ve gained.”