AS thousands of pupils from across East Renfrewshire celebrated their achievements, the East Renfrewshire Council’s director of education, Mhairi Shaw, welcomed the results.

She said: “Our approach is clearly having an impact as year after year our pupils continue to produce fantastic results. We continue to see improvements right across the board, with children from all backgrounds achieving and reaching their potential.

"These results are testament to the hard work of pupils, teachers and parents and I congratulate you all.”

ERC’s convener for education and equalities, Councillor Paul O’Kane, added: “Once again our pupils across the whole area have raised the bar. With record-breaking Higher and Advanced Higher results, as well as another strong performance in National 4 and 5, the achievements of our pupils never cease to impress me. 

“These results are a tribute to the hard work of pupils, exceptionally well supported by our staff and parents, all of whom contribute to this impressive performance across the area.

"It is also extremely pleasing that the S5 attainment gap has been narrowed which highlights that our approaches to learning and teaching from the earliest stages is continuing to deliver strong results. Well done to everyone for another year of excellent results.”