A FORMER Queen Anne High School pupil has been recognised for his academic achievements at this year’s Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Star Awards.

Lee Suddaby received a Star Award for Academic Excellence at last week's ceremony.

Now studying maths at the University of Edinburgh, Lee achieved unprecedented marks while at school. While in fifth year, he received six A grades at Higher level, with an average mark of 95 per cent across all subjects. He also achieved the highest mark in Scotland for maths in his year.

With his achievements not confined to the classroom, Lee is also a top junior air rifle target shooter and is a member of Scotland’s national team.

The SQA Star Awards recognise the successes of individuals working towards SQA qualifications as well as the centres – the schools, colleges, training providers and employers – that deliver SQA qualifications and enable learners to achieve their ambitions.

SQA chief executive Fiona Robertson said the Star Awards were a fantastic celebration of the commitment and talent of young people and the dedication of the teams at SQA centres that deliver their courses and qualifications.

"I have been inspired by the stories that I have heard tonight," she said. "It has been a pleasure to meet with all of our finalists this evening and I congratulate every single person here on their outstanding achievements.”

Education Secretary John Swinney added: “All those receiving awards and commendation have shown an outstanding drive and devotion to learning in their chosen field. My congratulations to the winners and finalists for their achievements.

“The variety of routes taken by the learners across the categories demonstrates the immense diversity of their ambitions and I am grateful to the SQA for its work in creating and expanding the options available.”