Kingussie Exam Success 2016


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.

Practical Steps for Parents to Support Exam Results Day


We are very pleased with the results at Kingussie High School – but not everyone will have got what they were looking for. The sound advice below from Skills Development Scotland that we have cross posted below. Mr Bray will be in school this week if any current (or past) pupils need a hand with anything.


[From: SDS / My World of Work]

It’s exam results day and your child might not have the results they hoped for or needed. Here are some practical steps you can take to support them:

1. Look for the positives

Be supportive. Reassure your child that they still have many options open to them; it might just mean that they take a different route to get the career they want. For example, instead of going to university to study engineering they might consider a Modern Apprenticeship.

2. Don’t rush a decision

The most important thing is not to panic. Encourage your child not to rush into any decisions. They need to take time to think about what they want to do next. My World of Work has advice to help them think about their next steps. My Strengths can help them see what they’re good at and offers career suggestions. They can also phone the Exam Results Helpline to speak to an adviser and talk about their options.

Exam Results Helpline

3. Let them take control

Resist the temptation to take the lead. Instead, encourage your child to research their options. If your child is feeling disappointed and worried, it’s good for them to take action and feel they’re actually working towards a solution themselves.

4. Understand the next steps

Understanding what options your child has can help you support them as they make their decision. We’ve listed a few below:

  • Appeals

    Your child’s school or college can request a clerical check or marking review from the SQA as part of their Results Services. Don’t wait too long as there are tight deadlines, particularly for pupils with conditional offers.

  • Clearing

    If your child didn’t get the results they needed for their chosen course, they could still get a place at college or university through Clearing. The important thing is to make sure your child doesn’t just grab the first thing they come across because it’s available and they have the grades. Encourage them to consider something they enjoy and make sure the courses on offer give them a definite route – if slightly different from first planned – towards their preferred career.

  • Resits

    Resitting exams in sixth year is always an option and having already been through a course, your child will have a very good idea of what’s actually required. College can also be a good option for resitting Highers. It’s a fresh start as well as a useful introduction to more independent study. Find out more about resits.

  • Modern Apprenticeships

    Your child might decide that they want to go straight into work and a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) is a chance for them to learn on the job and get a qualification at the same time. MAs cover over 70 different job areas including accountancy, engineering, journalism, ICT and sport and there’s no limit to where your child can go next. Find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

  • Gap year

    A year spent travelling or working can add a great deal to a personal statement or CV. Sometimes it’s not just about getting the grades for a specific course or job. Working in hospitality, call centres or retail provides a valuable set of practical and soft skills that future employers, colleges and universities will look favourably upon.

What next?

Find more advice on how to help your child when they receive their results.

It’s also worth registering for a My World of Work account, which will give your child access to tools to help them with next steps.

[From: SDS / My World of Work]

Zoo and Environmental Skills Training (ZEST)

ZEST 2015

Accompanied by Mrs Adamson, our Zoo and Environmental Skills Training (ZEST) group who normally work with The Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig were at Edinburgh Zoo last Thursday presenting their conservation projects to other ZEST Schools and ZEST mentors.

Sam, Steph and Erin did brilliantly well and as an added bonus Sam won the overall award for ‘Most Improved ZEST Student’. Well done to everyone involved – and special thanks to Jasper from the Wildlife Park.ZEST 1

Kingussie High School Girls Storm To Victory [Girls Shinty]

Girls Shinty Team

Last week the Kingussie High School Girls Team played their second league tournament of the year at Lochaber High School.

Kingussie were unbeaten in four matches against Lochaber B, Ardnamurchan and Oban before defeating top of the league Lochaber A. The team played incredibly well and only conceded one goal during the entire tournament.

Player of the tournament was Katie Falconer who was superb in defence.

KHS gets First Place (novice category) at Scottish Schools Ski Championships Finals

Ski Team Novice Winners

The Kingussie High School girls team won first place last week in the ‘All Female Novice’ category at the Scottish Schools Ski Championships Finals over on the Nevis Range! It was a great day with lovely race conditions and very happy girls. Well done Tyrawa Tait-Davis, Kimara Tait-Davis, Talia Tait-Davis and Lottie Convery,

Under 16s Football team secure 5:1 win against Golspie High School

Under 16s - March 2015

The Kingussie Under 16s football team recorded an excellent result against Golspie High last week winning 5-1. In poor conditions Kingussie took the lead through Freddie Mcfadyen (S4) who slotted a goal home nicely. Golspie equalised against the run of play before Iain Robinson (S5) scored with minutes remaining in the half to take a 2-1 lead into half time.

In the second half Kingussie took full control of the game and soon extended the lead through 2 more goals from hat trick hero Iain Robinson. Alexander Michie (S3) scored from close range to complete the scoring in this excellent victory. Man of the match was Jordan Beaton for his solid performance in the middle of the park. Special thanks to Craig Macleod (S6) and Craig Ritchie (S6) for refereeing the match.

Kingussie High Schools Sports Dinner will be held on 23rd April 2015 at the MacDonald Resort Aviemore. Over 200 tickets have been sold and anyone interested in coming to join the fun should contact Scott Douglas (Acting Head of Health and Wellbeing) at the school. Guest Speaker for the night is Craig Brown former Scotland and Aberdeen Manager who also trained PE Teacher

Ski Team Success in Cairngorm Qualifier

SKi Team - March 2015

Absolutely amazing day last Friday at the Scottish Ski Schools Association Cairngorm qualifier.

2nd prize was awarded to Kamara Tait-Davis in the the girls novice group and Tallia Tait-Davis, Tyrawa-Tait-Davis and Lottie Convery will be joining her next week at Nevis range after winning 1st girls novice team!

All raced incredibly well against some very stiff competition and thanks to some glorious weather a cracking day was had by all!

More Music Festival Success

Lots of KHS pupils involved in the Music Festival at the weekendPipers always good to see out pipers ‘booted and suited’.

Ross, Ali, Scott and Shaun played as a quartet for the Badenoch and Strathspey Pipe Band and took first place. Ross also came 1st in his piobaireachd and 2nd in his March Strathspey and Reel.

Well done to everybody that took part. Also, good luck next week guys for the North of Scotland indoor championships in Huntly!