Albyn School pupil overcomes odds and achieves outstanding Higher exam results

10/08/2023
Albyn School pupil Brenda-Jane Strachan

ALBYN School pupil Brenda-Jane Strachan’s remarkable success in her Higher exams marks a significant milestone on her path towards realising her aspiration of becoming a medical officer in the armed forces.

Drawing inspiration from her parents’ professions, Brenda-Jane’s dedication and adaptability have propelled her to achieve exceptional academic results.

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The gifted pupil overcame the odds by receiving five A’s and one B at Higher level, an accomplishment made all the more impressive by her unique journey.

Having relocated from Brazil to Aberdeen just last year, she swiftly integrated into the Albyn community during her S5 year, but it was not without its challenges.

Brenda-Jane, who is delighted with her results, said: “I did not expect such good results because I just moved here from Brazil. Scotland has a completely different educational system. It was hard.

“I was smart in Brazil – I was at the top of my class, but coming to a different place was difficult, both socially and in school. Everything was different – the people, the culture, the system, as well as the subjects themselves.

“It was overwhelming. I never took National 5 exams so I just crashed Highers.”

Brenda-Jane, who received A’s in Physics, Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics and Spanish, and a B in English, hopes to study medicine at university. Her ambition is driven by a desire to follow in her parents’ footsteps and combine their noble callings.

She said: “I want to be a medical officer in the armed forces and you need to go to medical school for that.

“My mum is a nurse and my dad, who is now a veteran, was in the army for nine years.

“When you grow up, you get inspired by the stories your parents tell you. You look up to them.

“I always had the adventure spirit and I am the eldest so I understand taking care of someone. So I just combined them both and I thought I could become a medical officer. It is something I have been thinking about for about two years now.”

Headmaster Stefan Horsman commented: “Relocating to an entirely new culture is an extraordinary challenge that demands resilience and determination. Brenda-Jane’s remarkable accomplishments underscore her unwavering dedication, filling us all with immense pride. We hold every confidence that she will continue to flourish and ultimately realise her noble ambition of serving as a medical officer.”

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