SCOTLAND'S best-performing secondary schools have been named in the Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2024.

Callander's McLaren High School, a state secondary, has been named the Scottish Secondary School of the Year.

Meanwhile, Jordanhill School in Glasgow is the top state secondary for academic performance in the country.

The annual list, now in its 31st edition, ranks over 1000 secondaries across the UK by their exam results.

An online league table for the list also allows parents to compare schools in their town, local authority or region.

Here are the top 10 best-performing state schools in Scotland.

  1. Jordanhill School, Glasgow
  2. Bearsden Academy, Bearsden
  3. St Ninian's High School, Giffnock
  4. Woodfarm High School, Thornliebank
  5. Douglas Academy, Milngavie
  6. Cults Academy, Aberdeen
  7. Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh
  8. Mearns Castle High School, Glasgow
  9. Williamwood High School, Glasgow
  10. Eastwood High School, Newton Mearns

Dollar Academy, in Clackmannanshire, where it costs £38,601 per year to board, has been named Scotland's Independent School of the Year.

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Edinburgh's St Mary's Music School, where boarding fees cost £45,530, topped independent schools for Highers academic performance.

For A-levels, St Andrews' St Leonards School, where boarding costs are £44,232 per year, had the best performance.

The annual list provides information about the methodology used to calculate academic performance rankings based on A-level results, but not for Highers.

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Helen Davies, editor of Parent Power, said: “The educational landscape continues to be challenging across both the state and independent sectors, and this is the first true assessment of post-pandemic exam results.

"We believe these rankings – and all the additional information on offer in Parent Power – provide parents with a more reliable guide to academic achievement in schools today.

“The guide showcases academic excellence but also celebrates schools who may not be right at the top but are rising, innovating and helping pupils flourish.

"Being a teenager is hard enough, and the past few years since Covid have made life even harder. It is heartening to highlight the achievements of so many students and schools across the UK."