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Dingwall Academy straight A students jumping for joy as hard work pays off after coronavirus crisis and SQA fiasco double whammy


By Hector MacKenzie

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Jumping for joy
Jumping for joy

IT was little wonder these fifth year pupils at Dingwall Academy were jumping for joy this week.

After the traumatic challenge of a five-month lockdown, remote learning from home and chaos with the U-turn over assessed exam results , they were finally able to celebrate the achievement of securing five A-grade passes.

Academy head Karen Cormack said: “I'm very proud head and very relieved for them all.

"They are a brilliant group of youngsters and we are all so delighted that they can now celebrate together. And of course, while the Higher pupils deservedly receive this attention, we are e

She said earier that she was "very aware" of the time and commitment teachers put into the process "and can say with confidence that our pupils are now receiving the awards they deserve"

She said: ".Results day felt very strange this year as we were acutely aware of the disappointment felt by some pupils. We can now celebrate all our pupil achievements and focus on the year ahead.”

Dingwall and Seaforth ward councillor Graham Mackenzie, himself a former rector of the secondary school, said: "It seems that the moderation process was not fit for purpose and it is disappointing that this was not anticipated.In the circumstances I believe that Scottish Government has made the correct call to take the stresses and anxieties away from our young people. Students should always be confident that the system will give them accurate rewards for their efforts. The challenge now is to review what has happened and to make improvements."

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