First week back with 5 A Highers

Friday August 21st 2015

Dalkeith Straight As

Left to right: Allyson Dobson, Mhairi Kristoffersen, Calum Marshall, Aidan Gallagher, Lewis Cowie, Emma Dudley and Eilidh Cameron.

A huge well done to Eilidh Cameron, Lewis Cowie, Emma Dudley, Aidan Gallagher, Mhairi Kristoffersen and Calum Marshall who returned to Dalkeith High School this week each with five straight A Highers.

Fellow pupil Mairi McHale achieved the same result but was not around for the well-deserved celebration with headteacher Allyson Dobson.

Mrs Dobson, who took over the headteacher’s post at Easter, congratulated the group.

She added: “Such a high number of pupils achieving five A passes is outstanding and a clear indication of steady improvements in our exam results in general.

“The school is improving year-on-year with regards attainment for S5 and S6 pupils.

“There’s a real drive in the school for improvement and we are very fortunate to have an excellent learning and teaching environment. There’s a real ‘can do’ attitude in the school, and a desire by teachers also to share good practice.”

Eilidh, Lewis, Emma, Aidan, Mhairi, Calum and Mairi are certainly a credit to the school. Both Eilidh and Lewis hope to study medicine. Emma wants to go to university but is yet to choose a course. Mhairi would like a career in law or teaching while Calum wants to study physics at St Andrews. Aidan would like to study Chemistry at university and, with such a good set of results, he is likely to achieve his goal.

Ms Dobson said she was thoroughly enjoying her headteacher’s role. She said: “Dalkeith High School is a great school with lots of opportunities for, not just exam success, but also for wider achievement. For example, in June the pupils put on a wonderful production of the musical, Rent. I’ve enjoyed many school shows in my time but this has to be among the best. It was great to see pupils from all years involved both backstage and on stage.”

She added that staff and pupils were looking forward to the new term to add to the success.

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