EIGHTEEN pupils have been awarded five As at Higher level, as exam results pour in all over Moray.
Overall 12 per cent of those in fifth year gained five Highers, while 36 per cent of S5 pupils at Elgin Academy, 34 per cent of those at Forres Academy and 33 per cent of Keith Grammar pupils achieved three or more Highers.
More students than ever before have gained three or more National 5 awards.
Moray Council’s education director, Laurence Findlay, congratulated pupils and thanked teachers for their commitment to preparing young people for their exams.
He said: "We wish them well as they open text messages, emails and envelopes this morning and encourage them to contact their school directly if they have any concerns regarding their results and next steps.
"Thanks must also go to our teachers who, despite the ongoing shortages in our schools, make sure that our students are equipped as they can be for their exams, with many going above and beyond to ensure young people get the preparation needed."
Councillor Tim Eagle, chairman of the children and young people’s services committee added: "I’m delighted to hear how well our students have performed in their exams.
"They’ve been working hard, encouraged by their teachers and family, and the results we’re seeing are proof that their dedication and effort has really paid off."