National Award for ex-pupil

NA Russian former pupil of Harris Academy has been named international candidate of the year by exam-setting body the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Faina Shpiro joined the school in 2001 after her father started work at Dundee University. She obtained eight Standard grades and two Advanced Highers in Russian and French in S4, then went on to add another six Highers and three Advanced Highers during S5 and S6.

A spokeswoman for the SQA said, "The award recognises her immense academic achievements, most of which have been achieved in her second language - English."

Taken from "The Courier", November 24, 2004