Councillor Paterson said: “It’s been an incredibly challenging year for our young people, and I hope that everyone gets the results that they hoped they would achieve.

“Our young people continued to work hard on their studies despite the challenges of moving between learning at school, then at home, and then back at school again. Then there were periods of self-isolation to cope with. These challenges were met with resilience by our young people, and they should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.”

Councillor Paterson also paid tribute to the staff in our schools who have worked tirelessly to ensure their pupils were prepared for the assessments they undertook.

He added: “Our teachers and support staff have shown incredible commitment, energy and professionalism in very difficult circumstances and I want to thank them for the significant contribution they made to ensuring our young people were able to achieve excellent outcomes.”

“I would also like to thank all parents and carers for their patience, support and encouragement throughout the year.”

Initial analysis shows that Renfrewshire’s young people have performed exceptionally well at all qualification levels

Any young person who didn’t get the grades they were hoping for, or who needs advice, can call the Skills Development Scotland national results helpline on 0808 100 8000. The line is open until Wednesday 18 August.

Pupils can speak to their school about their results and their subject choices for the year ahead when the new term begins.

Any young person who wishes to appeal a result should speak to their school, who will arrange the necessary documentation to be sent to Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Students and parents can also visit for more advice and information.