SQA celebrates results achievements of care-experienced candidates

Tuesday 06 August 2019

A group of care-experienced young people from across Scotland have received the results for their Scottish Qualifications Authority examinations, courses, and awards from the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP at a special celebration event in Glasgow. 

Whilst thousands of their fellow candidates received their results by post, or by SQA’s text and email service, around twenty young people from around the country gathered with their family and friends for the special presentation from the First Minister.

As a dedicated corporate parent, SQA worked closely with Who Cares? Scotland, and MCR Pathways – charities that support young people from care-experienced backgrounds – to deliver an event that offers young people from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to celebrate their successes and be congratulated for their achievements.

Among the candidates to receive their results from the First Minister, was Gabrielle Docherty, a student from Clydebank College. After receiving her Scottish Qualifications Certificate from the First Minister, Gabrielle said: “I was really nervous about my results, but I’m really pleased about what I’ve achieved. It’s the first time that I’ve felt celebrated, and that my achievements have been recognised.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP, said: “All young people deserve to have their successes celebrated. However, those from care-experienced backgrounds face additional obstacles meaning that their learning can be more challenging.

“It is such a pleasure to be in the company of such inspiring young people on this special day and each and every one should be proud of their achievements.” 

SQA Chief Executive, and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer, Fiona Robertson, said: "I am inspired by the young people I have met today – and the achievement their results represent across the range of qualifications SQA offer.  Many congratulations from everyone here at SQA!”

SQA Chair, David Middleton, said: "As proud corporate parents, SQA is committed to supporting and recognising the ambitions and successes of all young people, including those with care experience.

“The young people we’ve heard from today put considerable effort into their studies, and that determination to succeed and not let their background hold them back, will serve them well in the next stage of their learning journey. On behalf of the SQA, I’d like to congratulate each of them.”

Kevin Browne-MacLeod, Director of Care Experienced Membership at Who Cares? Scotland, said: “This celebration is just one of the ways that SQA, in its role as a corporate parent, helps recognise the phenomenal achievements of care-experienced young people. It marks a special day where young people are recognised for their hard work, skills and talent. I congratulate all the young people across the country who have received their results today and want to remind them that they are capable of achieving anything in education, work, and life!”

Sandy Wood, National Plan Manager for MCR Pathways, said: “It has been wonderful to be part of this event, helping to celebrate the achievements of these inspiring young people.”