Dr Paul Thomson, rector of Jordanhill, welcomed the results, but said the data published by the Scottish Government challenged all schools to improve.

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MACLEOD - Peacefully, in the excellent care of the staff at Kingsmills Care Home, Inverness on 17th August, 2017, Annie (Nan), nee Cowie, aged 84 years, Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness, former Proprietor Chieftain Hotel. Donations, if desired, to the Renal Unit, Raigmore Hospital may be given at the service. MACKENZIE - Peacefully, at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, on 17th August, 2017, Dennis Mac Kenzie, aged 75 years, King Brude Terrace, Inverness.

Devoted wife of Donald, much loved mother of Pearl and Donald, also a loving grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and mother-in-law. Donations if desired for the Woodlands Centre and Kingsmills Care Home may be given at the service or forwarded to the Funeral Directors; John Fraser & Son, 17-29 Chapel Street, Inverness, IV1 1NA. Val Ritchie, aged 86 years, will be held on Monday, 28th August, 2017 at 10.45am in Inshes Parish Church, Inverness to be followed by a Committal Service in Inverness Crematorium. Dennis will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

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“While the achievement of a particular benchmark is praiseworthy, it is not an end in itself and it is more pleasing to note that, regardless of gender, race, additional support needs or abilities, our pupils consistently achieve far beyond what might reasonably be expected.” Mhairi Shaw, director of education at East Renfrewshire Council, said the results showed children of all backgrounds were reaching their potential.

She said: “Our approach identifies the differing needs of children at the earliest opportunity and allows schools to put appropriate interventions in place.

READ MORE: Herald View: Attainment gap is still stubbornly tough to close East Renfrewshire schools also delivered another strong performance in the 2015/16 school year with three schools in our top ten.

Secondaries in East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire also featured.

Seven of the top ten secondaries in the state sector based on their performance in Higher exams are from Glasgow and surrounding council regions.