North school pupils performed strongly in their exams, with more achieving five Highers in one sitting than last year.
Teenagers across the region received their results by text, e-mail and post this morning.
Highland Council’s initial analysis is that schools shows that S5 pupils performed better than last year, while S4 results are slightly down.
But significantly more pupils achieved five passes at Higher in one sitting – 443 this year compared with 361 last year.
And 77 pupils achieved five straight As, including 13 at Millburn Academy and 10 at Thurso High.
Councillor Drew Millar, chairman of the Highland Council’s education, committee, said: “I am delighted to hear that all the hard work put in by pupils, families and staff has delivered a good set of results for the Highlands. I wish to congratulate them all and offer my best wishes for whatever pathway the pupils pursue in the future.”
Meanwhile pupils in Argyll and Bute have also been praised for their results.
About 1,124 pupils sat exams across the region.
Councillor Rory Colville, Argyll and Bute Council policy lead for education and lifelong learning, said: “All pupils in Argyll and Bute deserve recognition for their achievements this year. I would offer my sincere congratulations to all of our pupils on their achievements, and on the hard work they have put into exams during this year.
“In addition, I would like to recognise the support of staff in all our schools and the parents of our pupils who have encouraged their young people in all of their individual achievements.
“We will continue to build on the considerable work undertaken in session 2014/2015 to ensure continuing success for future groups of our young people participating in the new qualifications framework.”