HERE are some of the youngsters who have enjoyed exams success after their hard work this year:

AMY POLLOCK, 15, from Williamwood High School, East Renfrewshire:

The ballet dancer has defied the odds to deliver a total of nine As at National 5 and an A in Higher Dance.

The teenager, from Clarkston, has a spine curvature and was due to undergo surgery at the time of her exams, but she decided to postpone her operation so she could complete her studies.

She has since had her surgery and made a full recovery and has secured a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for Ballet.

Amy said: “I was so shocked and happy that all the work was worth it. It was scary and hard facing the prospect of surgery before sitting my exams, but I just had to concentrate and work hard because surgery might have taken away my dance, but I wasn’t going to let it take my grades as well.

“I look forward to starting 5th year and continuing my education.”

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DENIZ ATICI, 16, from Portobello High School, Edinburgh:

She is celebrating passing her National 5 exams despite having spent most of last year in hospital receiving treatment for cancer.

Even though she was undergoing intense treatment at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, she was able to sit National 5 exams in English and Art and Design, passing both with A grades.

She said: “I’m so happy because I didn’t expect these results. I only sat two exams and it’s been difficult for me to concentrate with everything

I have been through, so I’m very happy and proud.”

Helping Deniz with her studies during her time at the Sick Kids and giving extra help in S4 were teachers Ross MacLennan and Gillian Baldwin from Edinburgh City Council’s Additional Support Needs Service.

Mr MacLennan said: “Since returning to school for S4, Deniz has worked incredibly hard and shown fantastic commitment in trying to get her education back on track, so I’m thrilled that she passed her exams.

“I’ve been teaching for 20 years and these results are one of the most impressive achievements I have seen from any pupil.”

LASZLOW HAJBU, 17, from Harlaw Academy, Aberdeen:

HE arrived in Scotland from Hungary eight years ago and did not speak English, but has now managed to achieve two As and two Bs in his exams.

The young lifeguard achieved As in advanced higher maths and high graphics, and Bs in advanced higher physics and higher chemistry.

Laszlow plans to go to Edinburgh University to study mechanical and electrical engineering.

He said: “I have been really quite stressed over the last couple of days worrying about it, but I got the text this morning and it was a big relief. I feel like I’ve done a bit better than expected so I’m really happy.”

NATASHA McNEILL, 17, of Bellahouston Academy, Glasgow:

Two years ago she was receiving treatment for cancer but she has now managed to secure a place at City of Glasgow College.

She needed to pass her National 5 English, but was not confident of getting the grades. However, Natasha passed her Higher PE and National 5 English.

She said: “I’m happy with what I got. Now I have the option of going to college.”