SCHOOL pupils across Glasgow and East Renfrewshire are celebrating after another record set of SQA exam results arrived this week.
In East Ren, 39 per cent of fifth year pupils achieved five or more highers, compared to 32% last year — and more than three quarters achieved at least one higher result.
Williamwood and St Ninian’s high schools were top of the board, with more than half of fifth years achieving five or more higher grades.
And Barrhead, Eastwood, Mearns Castle and Woodfarm high schools had their best ever S4 performance, while St Luke’s saw 99% of students attain five or more awards at intermediate one or above.
A total of 423 youngsters went one step further, securing one or more advanced higher in their sixth year.
ERC convener for education and equalities, councillor Elaine Green, said: “These achievements are a tribute to the hard work of pupils who have been ably supported by teachers and parents — congratulations to them all.”
In Glasgow, the number of fifth year pupils gaining one or more higher has risen by 4.4% — and those with five or more rose from 7.5% last year to 8.7 in 2013.
Standard grade numbers remain high in the city, with 93.1% of S4s achieving five or more results at foundation level or above, 73.5 at general and above and 27.5 at credit.
Glasgow city council leader Gordon Matheson commented: “Pupils and teachers should be very proud, for their hard work has paid off.
“I realise not everyone will have got the grades they were expecting. I would urge these young people not to panic, but contact their school where teachers are on hand to offer support and discuss alternative options.”
Raymond Lee earned a staggering seven highers at A grade; in chemistry, biology, physics, maths, English and Mandarin.
The 16-year-old, who plans to study medicine at university, told The Extra: “The results were better than expected. I was especially surprised by English but my teachers helped a lot.
“I tried to squeeze in another higher — in Cantonese — but unfortunately I couldn’t fit it in.”
His friend and classmate Faiz Atif also earned six As, gaining his additional higher in Urdu.
And Eastwood high pupils (and sisters) Hannah and Emma Wilson also excelled. Hannah gained 10 A equivalents at intermediate level and Emma gained five highers at A grade.
Over at St Ninian’s, Caroline Dunn achieved six As at higher while sister Charlotte achieved eight top marks in her standard grades.
Meanwhile, Bellahouston Academy pupil Adam McInnes was relieved with his outstanding results.
The fifth year, who earned three As and two Bs and will return for another year, to do two advanced highers and a higher, said: “There was no pressure from my family, they just wanted me to do well.
“My aim is just to get to Glasgow university and the results are a good stepping stone for that.”
Classmate Haranjit Kaur (17), from Pollokshields, celebrated A grades in higher maths, English, human biology, chemistry and