CedarBridge Congratulates IGCSE Students

February 22, 2016

CedarBridge Academy said they wish to congratulate eighteen S2 students who sat the IGCSE Cambridge Examination in English Language in November 2015.

“In 2014, 18 students were enrolled in the S1 accelerated honors program where they were exposed to the Cambridge examination curriculum, which has recommended preparation period of two years,” a spokesperson said.

“Students worked assiduously during school hours, dedicated time on Saturdays, and even attended classes during school breaks to ensure their success in one year.”

Tim Rogers, a parent said, “What is proven by the recent exam successes of the class headed up by Mrs. Crawford Anderson is that hard work pays off,” adding that the students spent many days after class and on weekends with their teacher honing their skills.

“One of the greatest gifts Mrs. Crawford Anderson has given these youngsters however is confidence in themselves; confidence that they can be and are students of excellence,” he said.

Tonya Ottley Peets, Azre Smith, Priya Phillips, Chaella Bradshaw Douglas, Kayla Carpenter, Taye Fishington, Sekai Wainwright- Basden, Shane Rogers, Zyair Scott, Storm Gibbons, Krishay Tucker, Iyana Richards, Nelson Arruda, Haley Place, Sebastian Knox, Sahlay Davis, Nadir Young, K. Crawford-Anderson

CBA IGCSE RESULTS Bermuda Feb 22 2016

Language Arts teacher Mrs. Crawford-Anderson said, “I am immensely proud of  and delighted with my students’ results which is a testament of their staunchness and the dedication of parents. I really look forward to raising the bar in the years to come.”

“The students’ confidence resulted in the best results ever for CedarBridge Academy: Three A Stars, Six As, six Bs and four Cs,” the spokesperson added.

“This level of achievement has been attained as a result of an exceptional teacher-student-parent partnership.  Mrs. Crawford-Anderson believes in her students and holds them to high expectations and standards.  She works with the students to help them to master skills and concept at a level that will guarantee success.”

Principal of CedarBridge Academy Mrs. Kalmar Richards said, “The students wanted to achieve at a high standard and they rose to the challenge of completing the two year course within one year.

“The students were receptive to the high demands and expectations and this also contributed to the excellent results.  Lastly, parent support of the students also played a key role.  When parents work with teachers and the school, success is inevitable.”

“Public School System Rocks!” said Ms. Andrea Ottley-Peets.  “It is with great excitement I submit my congratulatory message to CedarBridge Academy especially Mrs. Crawford-Anderson and fine young men and women for their academic performance.

“The results show great cohesiveness between teacher and students a willingness to teach and the eagerness to learn and be successful. 

“Congratulations to Mrs. Crawford-Anderson, a teacher of excellence, for her commitment, understanding and care for our children, her students.  We gave her the ingredients and she gave us the final products. Results speak for themselves. 18/18 100%”

One week after the examination in November, Mrs. Crawford-Anderson, with the help of the community and school, took students on a pre-celebratory trip to England. During their stay they toured London, visited schools in Birmingham and had an exciting tour of Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Mrs. Richards added, “We want to thank Endurance for their awesome support of our students. Their generous donation enabled students to travel overseas and experience first hand the places they read about in literature.

“Endurace was awarded the school STAR Award in February 2016, during the S2 Honours Assembly, for supporting the efforts of our students. We are most grateful for their support.”

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  1. Interesting says:

    While i congratulate the students for completing their gcse’s in a year, this isn’t incredibly impressive when their private school peers sit far more gcse’s. May be an unpopular opinion, but we’re celebrating students who are being set behind from the beginning due to a medicore education.

    • Supporter says:

      Know what you’re talking about! Private school students don’t have additional Bermuda-based cultural courses to do as requirements for graduation thus limiting the number of subjects they can take. Neither are they restricted to the more challenging Cambridge International GCSE curriculum that the public school students have to complete for English, Math and Science. Private schools also use some of the easier GCSE boards whose subjects can be completed in one year. Further, most U.K. Universities only only require 5 GCSEs so taking 12 and 13 is a waste of time.

      • Concerned says:

        Assuming you only want to attend the second tier universities and have to complete a foundation year before gaining entry to a degree course. 5 GCSE’s is the minimum requirement, very few gain entry with the bare minimum.

        • Supporter says:

          A levels or APs are the requirement for entry to university in the U.K. without doing a Foundation Year. GCSEs are only an S2 or year 10 certification.

        • Amazing says:


      • well done says:

        That is the most pathetic attitude to academics I have ever heard. First of all you need higher education for Universities, i.e. A levels, AP, IB and so forth, not JUST gcse’s. Secondly, to get into most schools for these courses you need at least 5 for minimum entry and 7 for regular. Most students end up with 9 GCSE’s… Good luck trying to get into a mediocre university with just 5 GCSE’s and no advance qualifications.

      • acegirll says:

        Yeah! Know what you’re talking about! First of all there is no difference in the level of difficulty in the GCSE and IGCSE examinations. Nor is there a difference between the exam boards apart from the way the exam is set up i.e one may have ourse work and one may be strictly a written timed paper. However both are credited boards and stand equally when compared. So it is completely incorrect to think that Private schools sit easier exam papers. Also keep in mind that GSCE/IGCSEs are examinations for the year 10/11 age groups. It is a requirement that these exams are taken and passed with a C or above in order to move on to the next education step which would be A-levels in the UK and AP or IB in Bermuda. The minimum amount of subject that year 10/11 students take are 8 which is the standard for the GCSE/IGCSE level. Because private schools follow credited external examination boards the teaching of Bermuda based cultural courses is not included. However these subjects are taught at the primary and middle school level and so are not left out. Whilst it is true that some U.K universities require only 5 GSCE/IGCSEs, others including top Russell Group universities require a range of subjects at GCSE/IGCSE level and top A-level results among other pre-requestits. And so to them having a full range GCSE/IGCSE education is not a waste of time.

    • Proud CBA ALUMNI says:

      Bermudians make me smile, I went cedarbridge and took extra classes (gcse and ap) all to go to england to find out that bermuda regular grades are equivalent to gcses. Gcses are not important. What seperates england and bermuda is Alevels or btec qualifications that the british take from the ages 16-18 because they finish high school at 16. Furthermore I know many under perfoming private school children that also have to do a foundation year which I did not. (Go Cedarbridge!!). Stop taking away from these young people’s accomplishments! If you feel a way address ministry of education not the young people. We don’t make the rules!

      • Matt says:

        I’m sorry, but this is completely misguided. Due to the timeline of applying to UK universities, GCSEs are almost MORE important than A levels and IB for entry.

        Don’t forget, often GCSEs are the only graded qualifications you have to show for yourself when applying to universities via UCAS in the Fall before entry. Everything else is just predicted scores (which only bear as much weight as the reputation of your school). And BTECs are pretty much irrelevant if we’re talking about Top-30 universities.

        English kids don’t finish high school at 16. Their schools are just structured differently. You still aren’t considered to have ‘graduated from high school’ unless you pass the 3 A levels you studied from age 16-18 in this day and age.

        It’s true, these kids have done a great job. Many here are just sounding their frustrations at how these kids are CLEARLY being disadvantaged by the system. Even the high fliers are starting miles behind in terms of qualifications and university entry, even compared to worse-off state schools in the UK. That’s not to say they can’t make up that disparity, but why should they have to? This is basic stuff. And we wonder why there’s no sign of the economic inequality in Bermuda letting up?

    • Amazing says:

      The difference between the public school and the private school is that the private school get maybe 1 or 2 A*, and then down over a 2 year period.

  2. well done says:

    The results of the 18 students were: “Three A Stars, Six As, six Bs and four Cs”… I’m no mathematician but the math seems a little wrong there.

  3. charity says:

    Yay! Congrats students of excellence!

  4. Well Done!!! says:

    This is great news! I am extremely proud of you all! Well Done!

  5. Concerned says:

    The challenge of the IGCSE program is taking an average of 9 IGCSE exams in one sitting. When I read articles saying students in the public school system are taking a math GCSE in middle school and now an English exam early in November of S2, it highlights the lack of understanding of this system by the teachers and Heads of School. This system was not adopted this year or even last year, please someone in the Department of Education take the time to understand the system and explain it to your staff. Stop messing up the education of our young people.

    • Supporter says:

      What is your understanding of the system because it sounds like you don’t understand it either? Are you saying the objective of the GCSE is to take 9 at one time?

      • Concerned says:

        Yes, in one sitting means taking 9 IGCSE subjects in one exam period I.e.Summer 2016 which runs from the end of April to June inclusive.

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  7. Mazumbocann says:

    Congratulations to these students. With the grades you received will allow you to take advantage of the dual enrollment at Bermuda College. To all the negative persons out there, do your research on how many public school students are doing dual enrollment. Keep focused you guys and show the world what you are made of.

  8. spoons says:

    Excellent results in English, but someone needs to do the Math…just saying…

    CedarBridge Academy said they wish to congratulate eighteen S2 students who sat the IGCSE Cambridge Examination in English Language in November 2015.

    “The students’ confidence resulted in the best results ever for CedarBridge Academy: Three A Stars, Six As, six Bs and four Cs,” the spokesperson added.

  9. Former Student says:

    As A Former Student, Of Graduated Class Of 2014. I’m Proud To See The Current Students Making Positive Decisions. Even Though I May Have Graduated, It Warms My Heart To See That The Students Are Being Recognized For Something Positive. As Well As Mrs. Crawford-Anderson Who I Was Blessed To Have As A Teacher, I Must Say, “Kudos To You Andy!” Good Job Guys! Keep Up The Good Work! Hope To See Many More Great Things!

  10. Alumni says:

    Congrats Students!!!!
    Mrs. Crawford Anderson is the BEST English teacher at CBA!

    I too received an “A” IGCSE under her preparation.