ROSS-SHIRE schools celebrated exam successes this week, with 12 pupils at one academy notching up the “outstanding achievement” of gaining five A grades each in their Highers.
Twenty Fortrose Academy pupils achieved five Highers overall, including the dozen who had received straight As.
They are Aine Beattie, Bronwen Davies, Katie Gray, Ruairidh Jack, Sara Johnston, Gregor MacDowall, Sean Mann, Cameron McFadden, Freya Shepherd, Julia Stewart, Victoria Stuart-Martin and Rosie Young.
Depute head Jacquie Ross said: “We are extremely pleased with our examination results. Once again results are consistently good across the board.
“We would like to congratulate all of our students.
“These excellent results are a tribute to the incredible hard work and dedication of our students, staff and parents.”
National 5 results had been equally impressive with 18 pupils achieving six Nat 5s at grade A, or five Nat 5s at grade A and one Higher at grade A.
“Overall the results are tremendous and we are delighted for our young people,” Ms Ross said.
When the results came out on Tuesday there were also straight As all the way for five pupils at Dingwall Academy, which enjoyed an overall improvement in the exam results achieved this year.
The five high-achievers who earned the top mark in five Highers each are Lauren Mowat from Maryburgh, Kirsty Wilson of Evanton, Saffron Wittka-Jezewski from Conon Bridge, Calum Sarjeant of Strathpeffer and Ellie Mutch of Dingwall.
They all received As across the board at the first time of sitting Highers in their fifth year.
Head teacher Karen Cormack said there was an improvement in results from last year, with a total of 27 students gaining five Highers in fifth year.
“The number of pupils gaining five Highers has increased and the National 5 results are really good — 77 pupils in fourth year got at least five Nat 5s,” she said.
“I think overall we are really pleased, particularly as pupils and staff are working under tremendous pressure.”
Plockton High School rector Susan Galloway said: “We are very pleased with 13 of our S5 students achieving five passes at Higher – in a small school this represents approximately one-third of the year group.”
The school was particularly pleased with the performance of three fifth year pupils.
Arran MacDonald achieved six Highers and two Advanced Highers, all at Grade A, Rory MacDonald got straight As in five Highers and one Advanced Higher and John MacDonald with three Highers and two Advanced Highers.
Tain Royal Academy’s depute rector Ross Waldie said: “We are very pleased for all our hard working pupils.
“We have three pupils with five straight As at Higher, but we are equally pleased for all those pupils who have just exceeded expectations and managed to achieve a higher grade than predicted. That is just as important.”
Laura Gordon, rector of Alness Academy, congratulated all her pupils for their hard work, achievements and success
“There are some excellent results, but in particular congratulations to Jerrica MacDonald for achieving five As in her Highers,” she said.
Jerrica (17) of Salvesen Crescent, Alness, is currently dux of the school.
Ullapool High School also reported that one of their pupils had achieved five As at Higher.