Lochaber youngsters’ digital delivery

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Charlie Anne Pleming is all smiles after receiving her results.
Charlie Anne Pleming is all smiles after receiving her results.

TEXT revelations were delivered across the Highlands yesterday as pupils received academic results electronically.
The results were sent to S4, 5 and 6 pupils by text, email and post.
This is the first year that candidates were offered the full range of national qualifications from National 2 right through to Advanced Higher as part of the Curriculum for Excellence and according to the Highland Council, results have been largely well received.
A spokesman said: ‘In S4, the percentage of pupils who achieved five-plus qualifications at National 5 has increased by almost two per cent from last year.  In S5, the percentage of candidates achieving three-plus Highers has continued to improve for the seventh year in a row. It now stands at 32.6 per cent.  Meanwhile, in S6, 501 pupils achieved the new Advanced Higher qualification.’
Charlie Anne Pleming, who attends Ardnamurchan High School, achieved Higher A’s in English, Maths, Gaelic, Modern Studies and Physics.
The 17-year-old chose to receive her results by text for convenience but said she was still up hours before being notified.
She said: ‘I was up just about 6.30am and the message came through at 8.10am.  I was so relieved. It was one of those nights when you can’t really sleep, or you don’t want to sleep, you just want to know how you’ve got on and figure out what happens next.’
Charlie, who hopes to study law eventually, will be staying on for sixth year studies but admits her results take a weight off her shoulders and allows her time to decide which university to attend.
The soon-to-be head girl helps teach music and shinty to youngsters, is involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, was involved in fundraising to visit and help a school in Malaysia, and works as a waitress.  She says having a plan has been the secret to her studying success.
Charlie added: ‘I love volunteering.  It is just something I have always wanted to do and it’s great to help out the primary kids, but now I do recognise that it’s important to have a plan and to set aside a certain time to focus just on studying but also to be able to chill and have some down time.’