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are ahead of their time!
GROUP of Stranraer Academy students have become record-breakers
after passing an exam designed for pupils three years older
than 200 pupils at the school were left stunned after receiving
qualification certificates in the post last week. It turns
out the certificates are for a Higher Still unit which the
group of 2nd year pupils completed over a year ago.
the qualification is designed for 5th year pupils. But confident
teachers at the Academy felt that it was well within the grasp
of their lot.
Assistant Head Teacher Mike Warren explained:
certificate has been sent to many of our pupils who have
just entered 4th year. It shows an Information Technology
unit which they passed when they were in 2nd year.
is an introductory course intended originally for 5th year
our Business Studies and Computing teachers felt when they
looked at the course that many of our 2nd years would be
able to cope with it.
reason they had to wait until they were in 4th year to get
their certificates is that procedures are not set up for
2nd years passing these units.
think our pupils are the first 2nd years in Scotland to
pass a Higher Still unit!"
is a real achievement for the pupils and we have had a number
of parents contacting the school who were clearly delighted
with the certificate.
is an official certificate; exactly the same as the ones
used to record Standard Grade and Higher results some parents
have even talked about framing it!"
added that the hope now was that the unique experience would
spur pupils on to gain further certificates in the future.