Top marks for Portlethen Academy pupil

Shaun will be going to a national conference in October to celebrate his success in getting top marks for Higher Modern Studies.

Shaun will be going to a national conference in October to celebrate his success in getting top marks for Higher Modern Studies.

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A pupil from Portlethen Academy is one of only two pupils from across Scotland to get full marks for Higher Modern Studies.

Shaun Morrison, 17, from Newtonhill, has been invited to the Modern Studies Association (MSA) Conference taking place in Glasgow at the end of October to celebrate his success.

Like many other Aberdeenshire pupils Shaun received his exam results in August this year and was one of 369 pupils across Aberdeenshire who sat the Higher Modern Studies exam.

Reflecting on his results Shaun said: “I was very happy when I saw that I got an A and when I found out I got full marks I was even happier.”

Shaun is planning to study law after he leaves school and is now in S6 studying Advanced Higher Modern Studies, Higher History, Higher Media Studies and Higher Computing.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Alison Evison said: “I congratulate Shaun on his result this year. His achievement shows the hard work and dedication he has towards his subject and the support he has received from his parents and teachers.”

Portlethen Academy Modern Studies teacher Kevin Rinchey said: “It is a fantastic achievement by Shaun to gain full marks. It is very rare for a pupil to do this and it is evidence of Shaun’s engagement and hard work in Modern Studies.

“During the year Shaun showed excellent written and analytical skills. His work was also full of up-to-date, balanced comment on the current issues that we study in Modern Studies. It’s a proud moment for the faculty here at Portlethen Academy and we are confident that Shaun has a very successful future ahead of him. He will receive a special award from the Modern Studies Association in October.”

Chairman of the Modern Studies Educational Trust Gordon Black said: “To celebrate Shaun’s success, he and his family will attend a presentation at the Modern Studies Association (MSA) Conference which is to be held at Glasgow University on October 31. Shaun will be presented with the Modern Studies Higher trophy, a replica trophy to keep, a certificate and a cheque for £75 courtesy of long-time sponsors Alan Clements and Kirsty Wark.”