Young people celebrate with Councillors
Four young people from Queen Margaret Academy who celebrated outstanding exam success were keen to share their results and plans for the future when they met with Councillors today.
Isla McCann, 16, will be heading into S5 with a fantastic six As at National 5 level. Science is clearly Isla's bag, with A passes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths under her belt. Delighted Isla said, "I'm not sure what I'd like to do at this stage, but I do hope to go to university."
Caitlyn Baker, 16, achieved 5 As and there's little surprise that, with top grades in Chemistry, Physics and Maths, she told us, "I plan to study medicine in the future".
Josephine McGahon,16, is looking to get into the world of entertainment, and with her A in Music, the stage is set for her to get into theatre.
Ross Erentz,16, achieved an incredible 6 As in Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and PE. Ross said of his future, "I'd like to get into engineering but I enjoy sports too, particularly swimming".
Although Higher pass rates fell nationally, the percentage of South Ayrshire young people achieving 5 or more Highers increased by 1%.
At National 5 level, young people achieving 5 or more awards increased by 3%.
Figures for attainment at National 3 and National 4, which don't require an exam, are still being confirmed and will be available later this year.
Behind every set of exam result is a young person who has strived to do their best and we are keen to celebrate every single one of them.
Exams, while important, are only part of what our schools do to help young people reach their potential and prepare for life beyond the classroom.
We have the highest ambition for every learner and are proud of all of our young people, whether they move on to further or higher education, training or employment.
As always, support and guidance is available in school for young people as they consider the next steps after receiving their exam results.
Skills Development Scotland's dedicated Exam Results Helpline will be available on 0808 100 8000 from 9am to 5pm weekdays until Wednesday 14 August.