There were woops of excitement as students from ‘the Straths’ largest secondary school opened their exam results on Tuesday morning.
“We are absolutely delighted with the results,” said headteacher Ollie Bray, “the pupils from Kingussie High school who sat exams this year have a lot to be proud of. Overall and accumulatively attainment has risen again this year (creating a three year positive trend) and we are confident that our attainment will continue to rise in future years. A massive thanks needs to go to all of the very hard working staff that we have at Kingussie who have worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to ensure that all of our pupils achieved their potential in this year’s exam diet.”
This is the first year that pupils have had an opportunity to sit the new New Advanced Higher Qualifications, the second year for new Higher Qualifications and the third year of new National 5 Qualifications (which replaced the old Standard Grade System for the first time two years ago).
“Overall we are very pleased with both our National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher results,” said Depute Head Teacher and SQA Co-ordinator Mr Andy Brown, “This is the third year of the new National 5 qualifications and there has definitely been a ‘raising of the bar’ when you compare National 5 to the old Standard Grade system. The pupils at Kingussie have certainly risen to the challenge and attainment is on the up.”
Attainment is also on the rise at Higher and Advanced Higher Level with notable subject successes in English, PE and across the sciences. Depute Head Ian Adamson adds,
“It is great to see our pupils continue to raise to the challenge of Higher and Advanced Higher level courses. In the build up to the examinations I noticed a real sense of our young people wanting to do well and ‘upping their game’ after the preliminary examinations in February.”
Although all of the pupils at Kingussie should be very proud of what they have achieved the following young people in S4 and S5 did particularly well
Victoria Christie – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Biology, Graphic Communication, Modern Studies and Physics).
Alexandra Munro – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Graphic Communication).
Cerian Rimmer – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Biology, French, Modern Studies and Physics).
Tyrawa Tait-Davis – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, History and Physics).
Islay Watson – Six National 5s at Grade A (English, Maths, Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry and Physical Education).
Sam Appleby – Five Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Physical Education).
Daniel Donald – Five Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics).
Beth Mickel – Five Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics).
Hannah Robertson – Five Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Art & Design, Drama, French and History) and one National 5 at Grade A (Psychology)
Caitlin Holmes – Four Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Human Biology and Physics) and one Advanced Higher at Grade A (Music).
Paulina Palugova – Six Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Chemistry, French, Human Biology and Physics).
Monique Raranga – Six Highers at Grade A (English, Maths, Art & Design, Graphic Communication, Human Biology and Physics).
Many of the outgoing S6 will also be delighted with their performance and as a result have secured places in a number of Scottish Universities University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow St. Andrews University, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Stirling University and Edinburgh Napier. A special mention should go to outgoing S6 Ellie Tait who achieved two Grade A passes at Advanced Higher as well as an additional two Grade A passes at Higher Level. She goes on to study veterinary Medicine at the University of Bristol.