St Margaret’s School celebrates another year of achievements in SQA examinations

St Margaret’s School celebrates another year of achievements in SQA examinations

10 August 2022

Pupils and teachers from Scotland’s oldest all girls’ school, St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen, are today celebrating another year of achievements following the publication of SQA examination results.

The latest results are as impressive as those of 2019, the last time external exams were sat before the disruption caused by the pandemic, reflecting how well the pupils and school have done in overcoming incredibly challenging circumstances.

Pupils in IV Senior have achieved a 97% pass rate (A-C) at National 5 with 91% of grades at A or B level. The school attained a 96% pass rate (A-C) at Higher level for S5 pupils with 87% of grades at A or B level. results at Advanced Higher were demonstrated by the pass rate of 93% (A-C grade) and with 84% of grades awarded at A or B grade.

Headteacher of St Margaret’s School for Girls, Anna Tomlinson, said: “This year’s results are testament to our pupils’ hard work, motivation, and, of course, to the dedication and skill of our teaching staff. The strength of our results against the backdrop of a pandemic as well as the diversity of destinations of leavers reflect the school’s commitment to nurturing our pupils’ individual talents and interests.

“We are very proud of the achievements of our girls and extend particularly warm wishes to our sixth year leavers who are now taking up places at an impressive range of universities to study subjects as diverse as medicine, astrophysics, economics, theology and architecture, to name just a few. A number of leavers will be taking up places at the prestigious Russell Group of universities including Oxford, Edinburgh and Birmingham.”

Alongside the many girls with cause to celebrate today, senior pupil Kasia has secured a place at Edinburgh University to study Astrophysics, having achieved 4 As at Advanced Higher level in Chemistry, Mathematics, Mechanics and Physics. Kasia joined St Margaret’s in III Senior, travelling to school in Aberdeen daily from Fraserburgh.

Having always had a passion for STEM subjects, the curriculum at St Margaret’s enabled her to be able to study the sciences to the highest level, making the most of the opportunity to use the state of the art science facilities at Scotland’s oldest all girls school.

When asked about her time at school, Kasia commented:

“Being at St Margaret’s gave me the opportunity to experience things I had never done before and allowed me to be myself. My teachers have supported me to believe that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and I am grateful for their enthusiasm and dedication.”

Alongside her academic studies, Kasia also managed to find time to take part in the extensive extra-curricular programme on offer at the school, most notably as Secretary General for Model United Nations, where she led her team to outstanding success.

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