Isaak Headley of St Stephen’s Primary, one of only three students to score 100 in Mathematics in this year’s Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination (BSSEE) is ready to begin his journey at Queen’s College from September.
But achieving a perfect score was no walk in the park for the 11-year-old.
The top student at St Stephen’s said during the first term in Class 4, he was facing some difficulties with comprehension and he had to pay closer attention to doing what was necessary to upgrade his skills in the area.
Headley told Barbados TODAY that in the second term, his comprehension skills improved, with him scoring in the 90’s.
“In Term 3 I was really nervous about the exam coming up, but then the day that it came I was just relieved of all my stress and I just got the work done,” said Headley who said he is happy that the pressure of preparing for BSEE is no longer on his shoulders.
The young man, who said QC was his first choice, is looking forward to studying chemistry and improving his knowledge in mathematics.
“The grammar, I am excited about that too because there are a lot of words that I still don’t know, even though my vocabulary has expanded over the past few years,” he said.
Headley thanked his parents, grandparents, former principal of St Stephen’s Primary Dr Collin Cumberbatch, the current principal, and all of the teachers who helped him along the way.
“And even the ones who put me down, I was still able to strive, so I thank them too,” Headley said.
St Gabriel’s Renelle Best who is the overall top student on the island also scored 100 in English and top boy in this year’s BSSEE Azario Gooding also obtained a perfect score in English. (AH)