School Candidate of the Year Award

Presented by Robert Quinn, Head of English, Languages and Business Qualifications, SQA and Arslan Nissar, Graduate Apprentice, Applications Solutions, SQA

Declan Shafi, St. Paulís RC Academy, with award
Declan Shafi (centre), St. Paulís RC Academy, Dundee

Declan surpassed all academic expectations by achieving the most qualifications at the highest grade and in the shortest time that St. Paulís RC Academy ó a comprehensive school in an area of significant deprivation ó has ever seen.

By S5, Declan had attained six National 5s, six Highers and three Advanced Highers ó all at grade A, and was on course to achieve another three Advanced Highers in his final year.

Although ability plays its part, Declanís well-balanced approach, strong work ethic, and ability to adapt to adversity were key to his achievements. Declan has secured a place at Cambridge University to study Computing.


Ciaran Shearer, St. Modanís High School, with award
Highly Commended, Ciaran Shearer (centre), St. Modanís High School, Stirling


Cathal Traquair, St Ambrose High School, with award
Highly Commended, Cathal Traquair, St Ambrose High School, Coatbridge