Record Academic Results for Lomond School
As Lomond School embarks on its 40th anniversary year the school is delighted to be celebrating its best academic results on record. Our Higher results were especially impressive with two thirds of pupils attaining five or more Highers at first sitting. Remarkably, a quarter of pupils achieved all of their five Highers at A grade, with 78% at grade A or B – an 11% increase on last year. These results are all the more exceptional given that Lomond is a non-selective school with an open presentation policy.
High flying students from the local Helensburgh, Alexandria, Balloch and Cardross areas were amongst those celebrating outstanding results. Dux of the School and next year’s Vice Captain, Mark Sullivan from Cardross, gained five A grades at Higher in S5. Oban boarding pupil Orla Sedgwick also achieved five Higher A grades. International boarding students Logan Ralston and Dorde Radenkovic, from the USA and Serbia respectively, also achieved 5 A’s at Higher Grade in S5. In total 21 young people in Senior 5 will receive a Gold Academic Award from the school for achieving four or more A’s at Higher in one sitting.
Success continued at National 5 level too, with almost a quarter of S4 pupils achieving all eight National 5 Awards at A Grade, and two pupils – Emma Dunn of Cardross and Helensburgh’s Sorcha Hicks – gaining a remarkable nine National 5 grades all at A. Angus Guy from Gartocharn, Calum Bell from Killearn and Cara Malcolm from Dumbarton were amongst those young people to be awarded a Silver Academic Award for their performance at National 5 level this year. Collectively, twenty-five S4 pupils will be awarded their Silver Academic Awards for achieving six or more National 5 A grades.
S6 pupils are leaving Lomond this year having performed exceptionally well at both Higher and Advanced Higher level with 1 in 3 pupils achieving three or more Advanced Higher awards. Pupils will be moving on to Universities across Scotland and the UK including St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Heriot-Watt, Stirling and Surrey to study courses including Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Law, Medicinal and Chemical Biology, Chemical Engineering, Genetics, Mechanical Engineering and Politics among others.
Principal, Johanna Urquhart, said “Once again I am absolutely thrilled at the success of Lomond’s pupils in their SQA exams. It is testament to their hard work and determination over a sustained period of time. Equally, the efforts of our hard working and dedicated teaching staff deserve to be recognised. Staff go the ‘the extra mile’ in providing lunchtime, after school, and in the case of boarders, evening academic support for pupils, and their hard work has paid off. We are extremely proud of the young people who completed their sixth form this year. They not only have a great academic foundation but also leave school as confident and positive members of society. This is a wonderful way to begin our 40th anniversary celebrations.”
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