Neil Charles is the top overall performer in this year’s Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination.
The aspiring doctor from the St Cyprian’s Preparatory Boys’ School scored 241.35 overall with an A in Composition and is headed to Queen’s College next term.
A surprised Charles told Barbados TODAY, “I expected to do well but never expected to be the island’s top student and I’ve always wanted to go to Queen’s College.”
Dominic Highland, also from the Brittons Hill, St Michael institution, scored 100 in Mathematics. When asked how he felt when he received the call he said, “It was surprising, I felt like I was going to get 98 or 99, but surprisingly I got 100.”
Highland, an aspiring zoologist, said Charles was always his rival in Mathematics.
Principal Dave Layne said “the school is over the moon about their results and I never encouraged the boys to stop their extra-curricular activities. I encourage them to manage their time, I encourage them to make smart decisions and to be mature in their approach towards their studies”.
With the exam results now in hand, the school’s focus is assisting the students with their transition into secondary school.
“What we’ve done is we bring in a teacher to work with them specifically at this time who will prepare them for secondary school. What they will be doing is a little bit of Science and Geography, subjects they won’t necessarily be doing in Class 4 to give them the leg up and keep them out of trouble,” Layne said.
“Although we are an all-boys school we have the luxury of still being exposed to a lot of girls in Class 4 because a lot of students come here for lessons so the boys get to mingle and work with them in their last year. I believe that prepares them a bit for the transition,” he added. (AH)