A sleepless night was followed by early morning celebrations for Falkirk school pupils this week.
Many students who sat exams at the end of last term opted to receive their results by text or email on Tuesday, with many coming through between 2 and 5 a.m.
And, for those who achieved good grades, it meant their families were woken with the news before dawn.
Throughout Tuesday, candidates received their results by post, with over 8700 envelopes falling through FK postcode letterboxes.
Across Scotland, exam pass rates increased for all major qualifications, including Highers and Standard Grade.
This week Andrew Sutherland, Falkirk’s director of education, said: “We are pleased with the examination performance across all of our secondary schools which has been very positive this year at all levels - from Standard Grade to Advanced Higher.
“Indeed the standards reached across the authority have matched and in many cases exceeded the high performance achieved last session.”
Yesterday, over 20 thrilled pupils, who received five As, turned out at the Municipal Buildings for a celebratory photograph.
Among them was Denny High’s Tara Hayden (17) who said she was “dreading her results” while fellow pupil Kimberley Craw (16) said she jumped on her parents bed at 3.30 a.m. to share the news.
Marnie McKay (16) of Larbert screamed at 2 a.m. when she found all As on her results, while friend Jessica Henderson (16) admitted she was “too sleepy” at 5 a.m. to fully take in her SQA email.
Grangemouth’s Sarah Jones (17), who’s considering forensics as a career, had a sleepless night and waited until 8 a.m. for her email. “I couldn’t sleep and when I got my results I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
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