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Pictured L-R Nathan Edgar (17) Sara Khan (16) ,Saira Baig  (17) and Ewan Galbraith (15).
Pictured L-R Nathan Edgar (17) Sara Khan (16) ,Saira Baig (17) and Ewan Galbraith (15).

Pupils from East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) schools have achieved their best ever results in this year’s SQA exams.

The outstanding results were also achieved at the first sitting of the new Curriculum for Excellence Higher and Advanced Higher.

One school in particular, Woodfarm in Thornliebank - the council’s most ethnically diverse school - has the distinction of recording their best ever performance across all the recognised exam results key indicators.

As thousands of children from across the authority area celebrate their achievements, ERC’s Director of Education, Mhairi Shaw, has welcomed the results and congratulated pupils, school staff and parents who have all worked together to achieve these results.

Mhairi said: “These achievements are a tribute to the hard work of pupils who have been exceptionally well supported by our staff and parents, all of whom have contributed to this impressive attainment.”

Saira Baig (16), a pupil at Woodfarm High School since settling in Scotland from Pakistan in August 2014, has achieved inspirational results. She has overcome the various barriers and challenges she has faced, including not having English as her first language, to achieve an outstanding 6 As at National 5, A grade Higher Urdu and PE at level 4 (National 4).

She said: “I am really pleased with my results, and would like to thank all those who supported and encouraged me through difficult times. This is hopefully the first step to achieving my ambition of studying medicine.”