Saltus Students Achieve Best Ever GCSE Results

August 23, 2013 | 21 Comments

Saltus Grammar School is celebrating its best ever GCSE results with 98% of the Year 11 students achieving 5 or more passes at Grades A*-C, with 93% achieving 5 passes including English and Maths.

This builds further on last year’s 89% pass rate and places Saltus Grammar School well above the UK national average;

A spokesperson said, “Despite reports from the UK of a decline in the number of students achieving As and A*s, following tough examination reforms, Saltus students achieved a record number of top grades. Of particular note are Nalani Dowling and Daniel Oatley who both achieved 5 A*s and 4 As.”

Head of School Claire Charlemagne commented: “We are absolutely delighted with the results. This is great news for Saltus and reflects the tremendous effort that has been put in by students, backed by a great team of teachers who were determined to maximise student potential, giving them the results they deserve.

“I’d like to congratulate the students and thank the teachers for their hard work and commitment. This success stretches across the whole spectrum of ability too which is really important to us at Saltus. This is a great way for Ted Staunton to finish his career at Saltus and for me to step into the role.”

Students in the Saltus Graduate Years Programme also achieved outstanding results in the College Board’s Advanced Placement examinations. This programme covers work at the level of first-year university courses and offers students the opportunity to gain college-level skills in a high school setting.

More students take AP examinations worldwide than any other exam. Success in the AP exams can earn placement, credit or both in many North American universities, as well as in universities in 28 other countries. AP examinations are graded between 1 and 5, with 5 being the highest grade possible.

This year, six students were recognized as AP Scholars, with a further five students attaining AP National Scholar status – the highest designation you can achieve. This award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on 5 or more of these exams.

The students achieving AP National Scholar status are:

  • Miles Cave with 7 passes (2 Grade 5s, 3 Grade 4s, 2 Grade 3s)
  • Peter Cooper with 6 passes (5 Grade 5s, 1 Grade 3)
  • Mark Godfrey with 8 passes (3 Grade 5s, 3 Grade 4s, 2 Grade 3s)
  • Benjamin Sayers with 7 passes (2 Grade 5s, 3 Grade 4s, 2 Grade 3s)
  • Xiaoyu Sun with 7 passes (4 Grade 5s, 1 Grade 4, 2 Grade 3s). Xiaoyu also achieves the AP International Diploma for passing more than 5 exams in 3 or more subject areas.

AP Scholar with Distinction

  • Leandra Stracquadanio with 7 passes (1 Grade 5, 2 Grade 4s, 4 Grade 3s)

AP Scholar with Honours:

  • Nicholas Bergquist with 5 passes (2 Grade 4s and 3 Grade 3s)
  • Jonathan D. Scott with 4 passes (1 Grade 5, 2 Grade 4s, 1 Grade 3)
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  1. swing voter says:

    I hope our Minister of Education will be a trailblazer and follow the Saltus model, which has proven that even mediocre students can achieve. Also of importance is the fact that even veteran Saltus teachers are paid less than most freshmen Government teachers. C'mon Brangman, show us that your not blowing smoke like the previous 8 Ministers

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    • LaVerne Furbert says:

      Why doesn't he just send CedarBridge students to Saltus?

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      • Truth (Original) says:

        Because then it would be cedarbridge.

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      • Saltus Student says:

        Sure they have the "Highest recorded GCSE rate". Only because they refuse the less-educated students the right to sit the GCSE's.

        This is falsely reported.

        Can we get the total number of students compared to those who got C or above.

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        • ed says:

          The pass rate is for 5 gcse's for all students in year 11, as it says. So this is the total. If a student did drop a class it doesnt mean they didnt sit other exams.

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    • Interested says:

      Mediocrity is relative and doesn't necessarily exist in an environment were selectivity is the order of the day.

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  2. SoMuchMore says:

    geesh I better not list CBa on my résumé if not ill look dumb as a skunk lol

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  3. Lay down! says:

    Good job! Well done 2 those students, what bright futures they have!

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  4. Rhonda Neil says:

    now Bermudians you should feel better the govt, will be giving Saltus taxpayer funds... I mean paying for services...

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  5. Gypsy Mama says:

    Hard work pays off. These are amazing results.

    Congrats to these students!

    Saltus Alumnus, class of 2003

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  6. Be careful what you ask for.... says:

    Congratulations to the students and their achievements I mean nothing negative towards any of you or your hard work and successes. The "Saltus model" was to ask any students that struggled or learned differently requiring extra learning support to leave the school, so of course this number looks great! Just sorry that to achieve such a high percentage so many students had to go through heartbreak being told " sorry we are closing the Centre for Learning and your child will have to go next year". Ask me how I know.....I have spent years trying to fix one of those children whose Spirit was broken by these actions. Even though they accepted said students in some of the middle school years knowing that they needed extra assistance. All in the name of higher success rates. All that glitters is not gold.

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    • Sandy Bottom says:

      This is true. Selective intake schools will of course get better results, on average. That doesn't excuse the appalling results in the public system, but the results will never be the same.

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  7. Prayerful says:

    Of course we all know that Saltus has already weeded out the students that they know will not succeed. So of course the numbers look good. All of the Private School results look for this reason. While the public schools, Cedarbridge and Berkeley who have to take everybody, their results have not been purged.

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    • Johnny says:

      They will not comment on your excellent post.

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      • @prayerful and Johnny, I have to disagree with your comment as I know for a fact that Saltus will work with students who need help with their work, my grandson was one of them at age 13/14. By age 15 he realized what he had to do to succeed and I am proud to say that he Graduated this year with some great results and is going on to University next week. The student that wants to work hard and study hard will succeed at whatever school they go to, as i know there are some great students from Berkeley and Cedarbridge who go on to University and become Dr's Lawyers etc.

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    • ed says:

      Sure, forget all the hard work from the staff and students. Well done Saltus!

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  8. Class of 2013 says:

    Stay on track Saltus! Ted Staunton has been a great asset to the Saltus family and he will sure be a miss. Saltus has continued to grow and build upon our reputation based on our motto Labor Omnia Vincit (hard work conquers all) so my advice to all of you young achievers, keep striving for your goals! Pay no attention to the politics as they generalize society. Be unique and BE YOU. So many people want to hold you back and criticise where you come from but only you can control your destiny. Keep your head above the clouds, eyes towards the sun and hearts beyond the moon. I wish you all the best in the upcoming 2013/2014 academic year.

    With lots of love,
    Latonia

    Class of 2013, former Head Girl

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