THE Executive's caveats about leaver figures are reflected, for example, in the fact that affluent East Renfrewshire sends more pupils into higher education than any other authority, 49 per cent, closely followed by the Western Isles with 43 per cent; Glasgow is lowest at 18 per cent.
Plockton High in Wester Ross emerges as the local authority school with more pupils going on to higher education than any other, at 73 per cent, albeit from a low leaver base of 52 pupils.
It is followed by Mearns Castle High in East Refrewshire with 71 per cent of 119 leavers finding their way into higher education. But the grant-aided Jordanhill School in Glasgow is the top state school for HE entrance, at 76 per cent.
Altogether the numbers of leavers who were in university, college or training remained virtually unchanged last session -
at 57 per cent.
For the third year running, the best job prospects were in Shetland, where 45 per cent of leavers went straight from school into employment, compared with 26 per cent nationally.