A HIGH school in Renfrewshire has been celebrating the work they do to support youngsters getting into "positive destinations".

It comes after a group of young people, from Johnstone High School, including those who are care experienced, showed Natalie Don MSP how their school prepares them for their future.

According to the local authority, 99% of pupils from the school go into positive destinations, however, national statistics show that care-experienced youths need more support to ensure they find a pathway that is right for them.

Meanwhile, the school has been praised for its work to promote vocational and academic pathways equally, managing to gain a Gold award from the Scottish Curriculum and Qualifications Framework earlier this year.

On top of that, the high school also has a dedicated principal teacher who works with care-experienced youngsters to help them get the support they need ahead of leaving school.

During her visit, the politician spoke to three care-experienced young people who have plans for where they see themselves after leaving school. 

One pupil said: “I’m ambitious for my future.

"I’m going to apply for a seven-day taster experience at Harvard University."

Children and Young People Minister Natalie Don MSP said: “It was extremely positive to speak to a number of pupils, both past and present, to hear about the opportunities that this support has provided and equally, how much it was appreciated.

"I wish all the pupils good luck in their studies and future careers.”

Meanwhile, Renfrewshire Council's Promise manager, Maurice Gilligan added: “I was delighted to attend the pupil-led sessions.

"The principles of The Promise made to all children in Renfrewshire is very much evident here at Johnstone High School.

"The school is very ambitious for all pupils and its focused activity with pupils who are Care Experienced is further testament to this.”