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Exam results success for Aberdeen independent schools

St Margaret's School pupils Keren Lumsden, Meene Otakoro, Ayesha Pasha, Nida Wani and Emily Owen who all scored A's in their exams. (Picture: Kevin Emslie)
St Margaret's School pupils Keren Lumsden, Meene Otakoro, Ayesha Pasha, Nida Wani and Emily Owen who all scored A's in their exams. (Picture: Kevin Emslie)

The north-east’s only all girls school had cause for celebration yesterday as their results began to flood through.

There were 120 pupils at St Margaret’s School for Girls anxiously awaiting their results yesterday.

But the pupils defied all expectations and set a new school record with a 99% pass rate in National 5 exams.

More than 90% of those passes were at A or B level, with more than half gaining the top qualification.

Meanwhile, the pupils also performed well in Highers and Advanced Highers, with pass rates of 96% and 94% respectively.

Among the youngsters delighted with their results was Ayesha Pasha, who was rewarded three As at advanced higher level.

The 18-year-old said: “I was delighted and quite relieved as well know that all the hard work has paid off.

“It’s a bit weird that they’re all over now, but I’m looking forward to moving on from school.”

Ayesha, who is going to study at Stanford University in California, plans to take a year out to go travelling.

Meanwhile, Emily Owen, 17, said she was “ecstatic” after learning she was awarded five As.

She said: “I’m really ecstatic and relieved to get such fabulous results, I couldn’t have done it without the teachers.”

She hopes to study French and German at university and ultimately become an intepreter.

Anna Tomlinson, head teacher, said: “I am so pleased for our pupils. These excellent results at all levels are a huge testament to their hard work and to the dedication and commitment of all our staff.

“St Margaret’s girls lead rich and fulfilling lives: their academic success comes alongside achievements in music, sport, drama and debating.”

Meanwhile, pupils just along the road at Albyn School were also celebrating another successful year.

More than 75% of pupils achieved A grades in their National 5 exams, with 35% doing so in all of their subjects.

And at Higher level nearly 60% of all papers sat by fifth-year pupils were also awarded A grades.

And more than 90% of pupils studying at Advanced Higher passed their exams.

Three sisters were among the successful students – Eilidh Duthie is going to study medicine at Dundee University after gaining three Advanced Higher As.

While younger sisters, Ailsa and Niamh, will become senior prefects at the school after they both achieved straight As in their Highers.

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