HIGHLAND pupils are proving they are top of the class after results have revealed a sharp increase in those gaining top grades in this year’s Higher exams.
There are celebrations all round for the 71 pupils who have achieved five A passes at Higher level. This compares to 47 and 49 pupils respectively in the two previous years.
Culloden Academy rector Stephen Dowds, who is retiring soon, signed off with nine students gaining five A passes.
He said: "There are magnificent results that are testimony to the hard work of Culloden Academy students and their teachers. I am absolutely delighted."
Overall, 344 pupils passed five Highers in one sitting in S5, up from 322 the previous year.
In S6, the number achieving Advanced Higher was broadly in line with last year. However, there were notable successes at Fortrose Academy, where 52 pupils passed at least one Advanced Higher.
S4 results were also broadly in line with recent years.
Other successes of note included Ullapool High, where three pupils gained five A passes at Higher. Pupil Anna Macleod also attained six A passes, making Ullapool the school with the highest percentage in Highland at 9.1 per cent.
Millburn Academy in Inverness was commended for its "particularly good results" from pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Three Millburn students passed three Advanced Highers at A pass and Harry Newmark went one further and achieved four Advanced Highers, all at A pass.
Director of Education, Culture and Sport, Hugh Fraser said: "It is hugely satisfying to see consistently good results year on year and such fine individual performances. I congratulate them all."
Chairman of the Adult and Children’s Service, Councillor Alasdair Christie echoed his words.
He added: "It is immensely pleasing to see the hard work of young people, their teachers, the parents and carers who support young people through their exam years so clearly recognised in these fine results. Well done to all."