Hard-work­ing stu­dents’ ex­ams de­light

The Oban Times - - News - STEVEN RAE srae@oban­times.co.uk

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.’

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HIGH ACHIEV­ERS: El­lie MacNiven, Allyson Boyd and Han­nah Gillies, with their exam cer­tifi­cates last week

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