Hard-working students’ exams delight
WITH the excitement and tension of exam results day now over, school leavers across Argyll are set to embark on the next part of their lives.
Oban high school pupil, Ellie MacNiven, is off to live her transatlantic dream after being accepted into St Andrew’s University in North Carolina for a PE scholarship, and moves to the USA today (Thursday).
Allyson Boyd, who is Oban High’s outgoing head girl, said: ‘I got an unconditional offer for Law at Edinburgh University, but I had to ensure my grades remained at the same standard in sixth year. I also wanted to give it my full potential to ensure my studying routine stayed in place for the future in Edinburgh.’
Hannah Gillies received a conditional offer from Edinburgh University, on the basis of getting one ‘A’ at higher. She worked hard in sixth year to achieve this, and will now be heading off to study Business and Law in September.
At Lomond school in Helensburgh, S4 pupil, Alasdair Lannigan, received his results by text and gained eight ‘A’s at National 5.
He said: ‘I was a bit nervous but had always set my aims at getting straight ‘A’s so I was really chuffed when I saw my results.
‘Taking the National 5 exams has been great preparation for Highers and now I’m excited about S5, where I’ve chosen to study Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry and History.’
Fellow Lomond pupil, Lucy Dunn, from S5 was shaking when she received her Higher results through the post.
Lucy said: ‘ When I saw that I had six ‘A’s I was over the moon and couldn’t quite believe it. I worked hard and am absolutely delighted with my results but I had to do a double take at the certificate before I told my family!’
Lucy Metcalf, who gained three ‘A’ Band 1’s at Advanced Higher at Lomond is going on to study Chemical Physics at the University of Glasgow this year.
She said: ‘I wasn’t too nervous as I had already got the results I needed to get into uni, but I still really wanted to do well. I was so delighted when I got the email. I really enjoyed the Advanced Higher coursework and feel well prepared for going on to study at uni.’
When asked for a breakdown of school performance in Argyll and Bute, a spokeswoman for the council said: ‘I can advise that we are analysing the results of all our ten secondary schools, and we will detail that performance in the annual report to the community services committee later this year.’
HIGH ACHIEVERS: Ellie MacNiven, Allyson Boyd and Hannah Gillies, with their exam certificates last week