Just rewards for pupils after all their extra hours’ study

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Pupils from all over the Borders receiving their exam results this week – and the region performed really well against the national average.

Here’s how some of them took their news.

Grace Wilson, Galashiels Academy 
Grace is going to Magdalen College at Oxford University to study Biochemistry, saying: "I am thrilled my hard work has paid off and am grateful to some amazing teachers at the Academy."
The school is very happy that Grace has achieved her goals as she has achieved outstanding exam results in S4 to S6.

Grace Wilson, Galashiels Academy Grace is going to Magdalen College at Oxford University to study Biochemistry, saying: "I am thrilled my hard work has paid off and am grateful to some amazing teachers at the Academy." The school is very happy that Grace has achieved her goals as she has achieved outstanding exam results in S4 to S6.

Euan Clarke, from Earlston High, received his S4 exam results.

He said: “I am absolutely over the moon with my results. I’m so pleased that the hard work has actually paid off and it has been great to hear the good news of my pals as well.”

Galashiels Academy’s Tricia Catto told us: “I opened my results in school and I was really pleased with my five highers.

“Even though I am dyslexic, the teachers really helped me through, and it shows that it didn’t hold me back.

Hawick High - Emma Grieve, Euan Chelley, Murray Cockburn and Katie Campion 
Emma Grieve (new S5): I was really chuffed with my results, I was surprised as some were unexpected. It now means I can go on to study the five subjects I want at Higher in the coming year.
Murray Cockburn (new S6): "I am over the moon with my results, as I wasnt expecting to get the grades that I did. It now means that I can apply to study Civil Engineering at the university I want to.
Ewan Chelley (new S6): I was really pleased with my results and achieving five Highers in S5. It keeps my options open as I am still deciding what I would like to study at university. I am now really looking forward to S6 and taking on the role of Head Boy at Hawick High School. 
Katie Campion (new S6): I am so pleased with the grades I obtained. It is such a relief that this past year has been worth it. Thank you to all the staff who supported me and helped me succeed over the last year.

Hawick High - Emma Grieve, Euan Chelley, Murray Cockburn and Katie Campion Emma Grieve (new S5): I was really chuffed with my results, I was surprised as some were unexpected. It now means I can go on to study the five subjects I want at Higher in the coming year. Murray Cockburn (new S6): "I am over the moon with my results, as I wasnt expecting to get the grades that I did. It now means that I can apply to study Civil Engineering at the university I want to. Ewan Chelley (new S6): I was really pleased with my results and achieving five Highers in S5. It keeps my options open as I am still deciding what I would like to study at university. I am now really looking forward to S6 and taking on the role of Head Boy at Hawick High School. Katie Campion (new S6): I am so pleased with the grades I obtained. It is such a relief that this past year has been worth it. Thank you to all the staff who supported me and helped me succeed over the last year.

“I am really proud of this. I tried to do my best, it was very challenging, and I am looking forward to the future.”

Also from Galashiels Academy, Erin Turnbull was delighted with her fantastic six straight-As in her S4 biology, drama, English, French, history and mathematics.

She said: “I’m over the moon with the results that I received this morning. I was hopeful, but didn’t expect to gain As in all of my subjects.

“I would like to thank my family, friends and teachers who encouraged and supported me throughout the exam period!

Galashiels Academy
Alistair Crooks and Tricia Catto with headteacher, Kevin Ryalls

Galashiels Academy Alistair Crooks and Tricia Catto with headteacher, Kevin Ryalls

“Next year, I am studying five highers – maths, English, biology, French and history, and hope to be successful in my exams. I currently do not know exactly what I want to do in the future, but these results have set me up well for the next few years of studying.”

Also recording half-a-dozen As at Galashiels was Julia Corcoran, who commented: “I feel really pleased about my National 5 results.

“All the hard work has been worth it.

“This sets me up for my highers next year. I am really grateful to all my teachers who helped me so much by offering things like extra sessions throughout the year.”

Earlston High pupils - Duncan Moore, Bethany Hamilton, Euan Clarke, Iona Clark, Robbie McLeish
 
Euan Clarke, receiving his S4 exam results, said: "I am absolutely over the moon with my results, so pleased that the hard work has actually paid off and it has been great to hear the good news of my pals as well."

Earlston High pupils - Duncan Moore, Bethany Hamilton, Euan Clarke, Iona Clark, Robbie McLeish Euan Clarke, receiving his S4 exam results, said: "I am absolutely over the moon with my results, so pleased that the hard work has actually paid off and it has been great to hear the good news of my pals as well."

And the academy’s Alistair Crooks told us: “I came in and opened my results at school.

“I was really pleased with my five highers, especially maths, which I had to work very hard for.

“I am really glad this has paid off. My parents have been really encouraging and thanks to all teachers, especially the extra sessions.”

Some 18 miles down the A7, Hawick High School pupils were just as pleased.

Emma Grieve, heading into S5, said: “I was really chuffed with my results. I was surprised as some were unexpected.

“It now means I can go on to study the five subjects I want at higher in the coming year.”

Harry Brown and Gillean Kennedy, Jedburgh Grammar 
Celebrating in Ancrum, Harry and Gillean achieved As across the board in their Highers and National 5s respectively. They said: �SWhat a huge relief to open our envelopes today and get the results we did. Good luck to everyone else opening who is doing the same we hope they have got what they wanted too.

Harry Brown and Gillean Kennedy, Jedburgh Grammar Celebrating in Ancrum, Harry and Gillean achieved As across the board in their Highers and National 5s respectively. They said: �SWhat a huge relief to open our envelopes today and get the results we did. Good luck to everyone else opening who is doing the same we hope they have got what they wanted too.

Murray Cockburn, who will be a new sixth-former next week, said: “I am over the moon with my results, as I wasn’t expecting to get the grades that I did. It now means that I can apply to study civil engineering at the university I want to.”

Classmate Ewan Chelley had another reason to celebrate. He told us: “I was really pleased with my results and achieving five highers in S5.

“It keeps my options open as I am still deciding what I would like to study at university. I am now really looking forward to S6 and taking on the role of head boy at Hawick High School.”

And Katie Campion commented: “I am so pleased with the grades I obtained. It is such a relief that this past year has been worth it.

“Thank you to all the staff who supported me and helped me succeed over the last year.”

Julia Corcoran, Galashiels Academy 
I feel really pleased about my National 5 results where I achieved 6 As. All the hard work has been worth it! This sets me up for my Highers next year. I am really grateful to all my teachers who helped me so much by offering things like extra sessions throughout the year.

Julia Corcoran, Galashiels Academy I feel really pleased about my National 5 results where I achieved 6 As. All the hard work has been worth it! This sets me up for my Highers next year. I am really grateful to all my teachers who helped me so much by offering things like extra sessions throughout the year.