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.
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.
“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!
“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.”
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.”
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.”