Moray pupils celebrate outstanding exam results

Elgin High School pupils Ciaran Barron and Ryan Lanigan both got perfect exam results.
Elgin High School pupils Ciaran Barron and Ryan Lanigan both got perfect exam results.

A Moray teenager has been inspired by the work of his grandmothers to pursue a career in medicine.

Elgin High School pupil Ciaran Barron was celebrating a perfect score of three advanced higher A grades yesterday – following five As at higher last year.

The 17-year-old is now due to start a course in medicine at Aberdeen University next month following the success.

Ciaran knew he had to ace his exams in chemistry and biology but also found maths to be a surprising passion.

He said: “Both my grannies were nurses so going into health care has always been something I wanted to do because it’s challenging and I want to push myself.

“Accident and Emergency is where I want to go. I did work experience there at Dr Gray’s last summer and loved the fast-pace environment.”

Elgin High student Ryan Lanigan was one of 18 students in Moray celebrating five higher As.

And the 16-year-old is hopeful the marks will allow him to realise his dream of a career in physics.

He said: “I was nervous about my English result – I didn’t think I had done too well in the second paper. It was great when I woke up and got the text with my results.

“Physics is what I’m mainly interested in. I like learning about how everything works and getting right down into the subatomic particles that make the world tick.”

At Elgin Academy, 36% of students achieved three or more highers, compared with 34% at Forres Academy and 33% at Keith Grammar.

More students than ever before got three or more national five awards due to big increases at Elgin Academy and Lossiemouth High – both with 44% of pupils taking home at least three.

Moray Council’s education director Laurence Findlay said: “Thanks must go to our teachers who, despite the ongoing shortages in our schools, make sure that our students are equipped as they can be for their exams.”