Pupils all across Scotland, Kincardine and Mearns received their SQA examination results this past Tuesday August 5.
Students will have been eagerly awaiting the post early on Tuesday with results for Standard Grades and Highers posted to them.
Exams this year included the first students to undertake new national qualifications as part of the Curriculum for Excellence programme.
The new framework this year saw students at S4 undertake the new National 3, 4 and 5 in place of the former Standard Grades and Intermediates structure. Students at S5 and S6 have continued to take qualifications at Higher, Advanced Higher and Intermediate.
This year, 97% of S4 entries were at National 4 or 5 level, whereas in 2013, 76% were at Standard Grade and 24% being at Intermediate 1 and 2 and Access levels.
At S4, a pass rate of 93% was achieved at National 4, and at National 5 the pass rate was 81%.
And 95% of Intermediate 2 entries and 90% of Intermediate 1 entries in 2014 were from S5/6 pupils, whereas in 2013 a significant proportion of the entries at this level were from S4 students.
At Higher, there were over 8,000 entries (up 9%), and a total of 80 young people, from across all of Aberdeenshire’s 17 secondary schools, achieved five straight A grade passes. Overall, the Higher pass rate was marginally down compared with last year at 77%.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Isobel Davidson, wanted to thank staff for their efforts.
She said: “It is very encouraging to see that pupils appear to have made the transition to the new qualifications system without any significant difficulties.
“This has been down to the hard work of students and staff, who have worked so very hard as the new structure was introduced, as well as the support and encouragement of parents and carers. I would like to thank them all for their efforts.”