Media release: Young scientists blow records

SCIENCE, technology, engineering and mathematics pupils at Robert Gordon’s College saw great success in their 2012 SQA Exam Results.

There were an astounding 485 Higher presentations in STEM subjects this year by Fifth Year pupils at Gordon’s where many studied multiple related courses concurrently. Sixty per cent of S5 pupils studied three or more subjects within science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Gordon’s took even further the strong academic tradition of the Aberdeen school with almost one third of fifth-year pupils achieving five As in their Higher results. 91 per cent of the 896 Highers which pupils sat across 32 subjects were passed at A-C grades; the average number of Highers gained by all 189 pupils across the whole of S5 in the college was 4.31.

At Advanced Higher in sixth year, pupils did equally well, with more than half gaining ‘A’ bands, while 81 per cent were at either A or B Grade. 85 per cent of S4 pupils gained A-B passes at Intermediate 2 and 92 per cent gained Credit passes, that is at Grades 1 or 2, at Standard Grade.

Acting head of College, Mrs Jennifer Montgomery, commented: “These results are once again hugely impressive and reflect the ability and hard work of both pupils and staff, who have worked so well together to achieve them.

“The availability and uptake of STEM subjects is unrivalled and, overall, there is a vast choice of Highers and Advanced Highers on offer to pupils at Robert Gordon’s College.”

Mrs Montgomery added: “Making the most of the changing world is a road to success both for individual pupils and for the school as a whole. Robert Gordon’s College will next year see the start of the development of a new Science and Business Centre to facilitate the preparation of our scientists of the future who will continue to enhance industry developments in years to come.”

STEM pupils at Gordon’s recently saw great success in the MATE ROV competition and the school is now preparing for the British Science Festival when, working with the Institute of Physics in Scotland, it will host a lecture for local schools and a ‘Science in the Quad’ family event, which is open to the public.


Media contact:

Shelley Foreman, Robert Gordon’s College, 01224 646346

Notes for editors:

  • Robert Gordon’s College educates over 1600 children from the age of 4 – 18 on their campus on Schoolhill, Aberdeen.
  • Pupils in S6 can also benefit from Intermediate 2/Higher Electronics, GCSE Astronomy, A-level Science in Society, Advanced Higher Mechanics and Open University Short Courses.
  • Pupil quotes:

Francesca Christie: “I felt excited and relieved when Mr Elder told me the news this morning. Achieving As in chemistry, English, human biology, mathematics and physics is a dream come true. My dad bought me science books at an early age where I was immediately hooked. I will now prepare to apply to St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh universities where I hope to work towards a career in materials chemistry.”

Mohamed Elyas: “I am very pleased to get As in chemistry, English, mathematics, physics and technological studies and hope these will do me well in applying to Imperial College in London and Strathclyde. During the holidays I will continue to work with the Aberdeen University School of Engineering on a Corrosion project.”

Molly Scott: “I can now apply for veterinary medicine at Edinburgh and Glasgow. I am currently doing work experience at Ardene House for 16 weeks which is giving a fantastic insight into the veterinary world. My family are very happy for me… My mum and gran both cried.”

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