Fraserburgh Academy has produced its fair share of top achievers this year with some excellent results attained in both Standard Grades and Highers.
Among them are four senior pupils and a former pupil who have made their families and teachers extremely proud by achieving five As at Higher grade.
Sarah Robertson, Katrina Clark, Sarah Marie Gault, Neil Mair and Rebecca Ritchie, are among an elite group of students from across the area who achieved five A grades in one sitting.
Speaking to the Herald, Sarah, Katrina, Sarah Marie and Neil explained how their hard work, dedication and supportive teachers helped them achieve these fantastic results.
They said: “We would revise our work during the year and did past papers. The support from our teachers was excellent with many offering lunch time revision sessions in the run up to the exams.
“We are delighted with our results and want to thank the school and our families for their support.”
The Herald caught up with the ambitious pupils when they returned to school on Tuesday, who are all planning to go onto university to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry and architecture following a sixth year at the academy.
Katrina and Sarah both plan to go on and study dentistry having passed maths, english, chemistry, physics and biology. Katrina told the Herald: “I will be taking advanced higher maths, chemistry and biology this year. I want to go on and study dentistry at either Dundee or Glasgow University next year, following in the footsetps of my mum and brother.
“Having worked in my mum’s surgery since I was 13, I believe that dentistry will provide me with an interesting and rewarding career and enable me to help people.
“Out of school I am involved with Fraserburgh Junior Arts and will be at the auditions for the panto tonight. I also take dancing lessons and help teach younger pupils dancing at 6.1.0. Dance Academy.”
Sarah added: “I will be studying advanced higher biology and chemistry, higher geography and intermediate 2 in spanish this year. Like Katrina, I want to help people and believe dentistry will give me a rewarding career.
“Out of school I enjoy music and martial arts. I have started to learn the fife flute with St Combs Flute Band and hope to take part in this years walk. I also take piano lessons and am learning guitar.
“Having achieved a brown belt in karate I now attend kick boxing classes and have just received my yellow belt. I am also on the school charity committee and health committee.”
Neil, who wants to go on and pursue a career in architecture has already received recognition for his artistic abilities during the Focus Environment Photography competition in 2008 and 2010.
He said: “I sat maths, physics, english, music and graphic communication and will be studying advanced higher music, higher art, german and geography this year.
“From a young age, I have been interested in the design of structures/buildings and putting that down on paper as a drawing, hence I hope to go onto the Robert Gordon University to study Architecture. Out of school I am involved with the North Aberdeenshire Music Centre and play the trumpet, the keyboard and piano and perform in the Aberdeen Music Hall every year.
“I also enjoy photography and won second place at the Focus Environment competitions during 2010 and 2008. My photos have been exhibited throughout prestigious locations in Scotland, including the Scottish Parliament and Falkirk Wheel. Quite soon, I will have 16 photos on display in the Finlayson Street Surgery, where I have previously had photos exhibited.”
Sarah Marie, who wants to go on and study medicine, said: “I sat maths, english, physics, chemistry and biology and will be studying advanced higher music, maths and chemistry this year.
“I have always had an interest in science and want to apply my knowledge of science and the human body to helping people by pursuing medicine as a career.
“Outside of school I am a volunteer with the Red Cross and attend events across the area with the organisation. I teach Sunday School at the West Church and in the absence of the organist will play the organ for church services. I also play the piano and clarinet and am involved with North Aberdeenshire Music Centre and Aberdeen Youth Orchestra. During school holidays I also work at my mum’s office and help out with the filing.”
Rebecca, who studied maths, english, accountancy, history and art has now left Fraserburgh Academy having been awarded a place at Aberdeen University.
Commenting on the pupils achievments, rector John Noble said: “I am very pleased for these exceptional students who have achieved 5 As at Higher at their first sitting in S5. Each one of them is hard-working and intelligent, as well as being very rounded and talented beyond the classroom.
“There are quite a few others who came very close to achieving 5 As.
“We have some splendid young people in our new S6 who are performing well academically but also developing into responsible young adults with a keen moral awareness and sense of caring for others.”