Media Release: Pupils receive results during South Africa tour

THIS morning, pupils from one of Scotlands top independent schools woke to the exam results news in South Africa.

Hockey, netball and rugby players from Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen are on a sports tour of South Africa where many received their results via text message or email.

The pupils are playing local schools throughout South Africa and participating in a charitable project with the Goedgedacht Trust.

Katie Hibbert, 17 years-old from Udny, said: “I am absolutely delighted with my results. I have been slightly nervous throughout the wait; however, with great friends around I will never forget receiving the text message here in South Africa.

“I phoned my mum immediately after and she woke the whole family who are thrilled for me. I am now looking forward to preparing for my final year at school and applying to Edinburgh and Strathclyde for Mechanical Engineering.”

Katie achieved five As in Higher Chemistry, French, Physics, Human Biology and Maths. She recently represented Scotland in the U18 Girls European Hockey team that played fixtures at the start of July in Spain.

Ruaridh Campbell, 16 years-old from Aberdeen, said: “I am delighted this morning to see all the hard work has paid off. It is great to see that no matter where you are in the world you can receive your results directly using email or text messaging.

“I will now focus on my Sixth Year at Gordon’s and will be preparing for university applications to study Medicine, which I hope to study in a Scottish city.”

Ruaridh achieved five  As in Higher Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and English.

Hamish Atkins, 16 years-old from Banchory, said: “I am very pleased that I managed to receive the good news this morning via email, ensuring

“I did not have the nervous wait until I returned from our school trip to South Africa. Now the wait is over, I will focus on my Advanced Highers in Maths, Physics and Mechanics as preparation for university where I hope to study Engineering.”

Hamish achieved five As in Higher Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Technology Studies.

Once again the examination results at Robert Gordon’s College are outstandingly good, reinforcing the school’s strong academic traditions. 47 fifth-year pupils achieved five straight ‘A’ passes at Higher, across 26 different subjects altogether, and a further 19 achieved four ‘A’s and a ‘B’.

Over the past three years, 160 Gordon’s pupils have achieved top grades in all five Highers.

Over three-quarters of the 184 pupils achieved five Highers, with a record-breaking average of 4.7 Highers per pupil across the year group. In addition, 61 pupils in Fourth Year achieved eight out of eight straight A passes in Intermediate 2s and Band 1s in Standard Grade, with 93 per cent Credit passes overall.

With the college about to start work on the biggest new school science and technology facility in Britain, results in STEM subjects were once again a particular strength.

Thirty-seven pupils studied the three ‘pure’ sciences- Biology, Chemistry and Physics – with 24 receiving A passes in all three (21 of whom achieved an A in Maths as well).

Head of College, Hugh Ouston, said: “For Gordon’s to achieve such outstanding results once again is the culmination of another excellent year at the college.

“I am very proud of the hard work by every individual pupil and of the excellence of our teaching across an amazing range of subjects.

“Our focus on high standards and personal attention to each candidate is the foundation for success and I would like to congratulate all the school community.”


Notes for editors:

  • Further information on sports tour:
  • Photo (left to right): Katie Hibbert, Ruaridh Campbell and Hamish Atkins.
  • Katie Hibbert represented Scotland in the U18 Girls European Hockey team recently who played fixtures at the start of July in Spain.
  • I have the High resolution photo from this webpage if required.

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