HIGH achieving pupils at Highland secondary schools have been praised for their hard work. Exam candidates across the Highlands got their results by text, e-mail or post this week.
Highland Council said the percentage of candidates achieving three or more Highers in S5 has continued to improve for the sixth year in a row, and now stands at 30.6 per cent.
A total of 361 pupils achieved five Highers in one sitting – 76 of them gaining five straight As. These included 12 at Millburn Academy, eight at Nairn Academy and Culloden Academy, six at Fortrose Academy, Charleston Academy and Dingwall Academy, and five at Lochaber High School.
In percentage terms, Glen Urquhart High School in Drumnadrochit with three candidates (7.1 per cent) with five As was one of the best sets of results in the Highlands in this category.
S4 pupils sat the new National exams for the first time. "Their performance in these new exams is testimony to the hard work of all involved," said Councillor Alasdair Christie, chairman of the council's education, children and adult services committee. "We feel that there is a very solid foundation on which to build over the coming years."
He added: "I am pleased that once again the hard work of the students, their families and teachers has delivered very good results for the Highlands. Congratulations to them all."