Falkirk High’s top talents recognised

Rector Keith Webster with. left to right, star pupils Andrew Moffat, Andrew McIntyre, Ruaridh Owens, Shauna Caskie and Rebecca Blyth
Rector Keith Webster with. left to right, star pupils Andrew Moffat, Andrew McIntyre, Ruaridh Owens, Shauna Caskie and Rebecca Blyth
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The brightest students at Falkirk High were honoured - with an 
unprecedented three pupils sharing the Dux Medal.

Andrew McIntyre, Andrew Moffat and Ruaridh Owens all received five band one As in their exam results, leaving the school with no option other than to present each of them with the top award.

Meanwhile, the proxime accessit award was split between two girls - Shauna Caskie and Rebecca Blyth - who each achieved five band two As in their highers.

All now in sixth year, the fabulous five, all of Falkirk, each have very different ideas about what the future 
might hold.

Andrew McIntyre (17) received As in English, maths, biology, chemistry and PE, and hopes to study medicine when he finishes.

Andrew Moffat plans to study physics and carve out a career in scientific research – he received top grades in maths, English, physics, chemistry and French.

Meanwhile Ruaridh – who actually got six As, one at band 2, would like to become a lawyer. He studied English, maths, physics, chemistry, French and art.

And as for the girls, Rebecca, 17, hopes to study design and illustration when she finishes school, while Shauna (16) would like to study Spanish.

Rector Keith Webster only took over the job in April but is delighted with both these pupils’ results and the rest of the work which has been going on in the school.

Highlights over the last year have included pupils taking part in a trip to Malawi, and 190 youngsters in S1 completing the 
John Muir award.

The S1 boys basketball team won the Scottish Cup, and the school’s debating team came second in a competition run by 
Strathclyde University.

Mr Webster said: “The school was inspected by Education Scotland in 
October 2012.

“I read the report before I applied for this post, and what came over to me very clearly was that here was a very good school indeed but, most importantly, a school that has potential to 
be even better.

“There is no doubt these are challenging times in Falkirk High School, as in other schools across the country. We are working against a background of exceptionally difficult economic circumstances – tighter budgets and more 
limited resources.

“Despite the challenges we face, we will strive to continually improve the educational provision to build Falkirk High into one of the very best state schools, not only in the Falkirk Council area, but beyond.