Exam results just keep getting better

Daniel Morris receives his results from little brother Laird
Daniel Morris receives his results from little brother Laird
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Clever kids across the district are celebrating exam success.

Pupils at Falkirk Council schools improved their results in Standard Grades and Highers sat last May.

Congratulating successful youngsters, education officials said there had been a marked improvement over the last five years.

Several high achievers received top grades, but in two Falkirk households there were double reasons to celebrate.

Cambridge-bound Daniel Morris rounded off a remarkable school career with a clean sweep of top marks.

The 17-year-old achieved straight As in his Advanced Highers in maths, physics, biology and chemistry. This followed top marks in previous years in his five Highers and eight Standard Grades.

Daniel, of Burnbrae Road, was a pupil at Stewart’s Melville in Edinburgh, after attending Moray Primary School, Grangemouth.

He will now go to the top English university to study natural sciences.

However, the teenager was on holiday in Switzerland last Thursday when his results popped through the post and he had to rely on mum and dad, Sarah and Chris, to open the all-important envelope and phone him with the news.

Property developer Chris said: “We phoned him up and let him hear the sound of the envelope being opened but I think he knew by our reaction that the results were good before we said it was straight As.”

But while all the focus was on Daniel, little brother Laird (19 months) decided to get in on the act – and took his first steps.

Chris added: “We couldn’t believe it. I think he must have felt a little left out. But it certainly made it a double achievement on the same day.”

Also celebrating are identical twins Anna and Hayley Matheson who both scored straight As in their Highers.

The Graeme High pupils both passed English, maths and chemistry with top marks, with Hayley also passing physics and graphic communication with flying colours, as did Anna in biology and modern studies.

The 17-year-olds, who live with their family at Lady Anne Gate, off Slamannan Road, now intend to return to school for a sixth year before going to university.

Hayley was the dux at Graeme High last session with both girls picking up several prizes.

Proud mum Fiona said: “They did really well and we’re very proud of them.”

The twins, who are both Girl Guide leaders, are the youngest children of Fiona and husband Grant, and have a sister Iona (20), Neil (23) and Ray (19).

Across Falkirk Council schools Standard Grade results in S4 showed an improvement in pupils gaining five or more awards at foundation and general level, with the figure at its highest over a five year period.

Fifth year pupils sitting Highers did well overall, according to education chiefs, but the figures dropped slightly compared to last year. Although those gaining three or more Highers dropped one per cent, and five or more by three per cent, they still showed an overall improvement over five years.

Julia Swan, director of education, said: “This picture of continuing improvement is strong testimony to the motivation of our young people, the professionalism and skill of our teaching staff and the overall quality of our schools.”