Jayden Greenidge is small in stature, but has the heart of a lion.
The nine-year-old of St Cyprians Boy’s was one of the youngest students to sit this year’s Common Entrance Examination, commonly known as the 11-plus.
However, Greenidge, who turns ten on September 5, wrote the exam two years in advance and has realized his dream of going to Harrison College.
When Jayden first received the news, he showed little emotion on the outside, but from his words you tell that he was beaming inside.
“Trust me I’m happy,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding, “I’m really excited that I will be going to Harrison College. I’m glad all the hard work paid off.”
The very soft-spoken Jayden already has a ten-year plan in mind.
“I know that when I finish Harrison College I will still be a bit young for college or university, so I plan to take that year off to play football then I will go off to some university,” Jayden, who is an avid football fan, revealed. However, he is yet to decide on a career path.
His parents Corey and Richelle Greenidge, who arrived at the school after 1 p.m. to celebrate with their son, said they always knew he would do well.
“After a lot of hard work and a lot of getting behind him, we feel really good that he has done well,” dad Corey said.
He explained that since Jayden has been working two years ahead for some time now, they had decided to let him do the Common Entrance exam early.
“Plus he gets bored easily so you have to keep him challenged,” the father acknowledged.
“The main thing with him is that he likes too much sports, so the only thing was trying to get him to put enough time and effort into both, and keeping him focused,” he added.
Jayden’s mother Richelle chimed in, saying, “I’m very proud of him. He has been consistent and I’m blessed and I thank God for blessing him with tremendous academic ability.”
Principal Dave Lynch told Barbados TODAY he always knew Jayden would have done well, adding that he was extremely proud of him.
Jayden received 91 in English, 98 in Maths and an A in Composition.