Pictured from left to right: The top three St Charles College boys who each achieved 6 distinctions – Hugo Rennings, Jaimé Gous and Kyran Otto
Cambridge Examination St Charles. The secondary education sector has been complicated the past two years. Schools attempted to navigate closures, absenteeism, online learning, ever changing rules and regulations. In a few cases also unmotivated pupils. Under these circumstances, one could be forgiven for accepting academic results which fell short of the “norm”. St Charles College, however, has continued to strive for excellence.
Boasting a 100% pass rate for the class of 2020 with numerous new academic records, the College has continued to raise the bar in 2021. Despite numerous complications this year, the results released by Cambridge for the June 2021 examination series proved positive results. Hard work, commitment, and a staff who refuse to compromise on academic standards, resulted in exceptional standards being maintained.
The June Cambridge examination series saw our A Level stream candidates write their AS Level examinations before moving onto their A2 courses. This demanding programme expects our boys to write their final AS Level examinations six months before their counterparts at other schools. Despite this, and the stringent requirements of the Cambridge curriculum, our boys have excelled.
24 St Charles Candidates wrote their full AS Level package Cambridge examination. They achieved an amazing 92 A symbols across 11 subjects. 18 Candidates achieved an overall average in excess of 80%. This is even more impressive considering that the majority of the candidates completed one of the most demanding academic subject packages. Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. 25 Of the senior pupils have already achieved their bachelors passes. This means they can gain final acceptance into university three months before other South African students have even written their final examinations. The top 4 candidates all achieved averages of more than 90%. The top Mathematician achieved an extremely credible 99% in his final Cambridge examination, losing a single mark across two papers.
Further, St Charles entered their AS Level boys for English Language and Literature paper in June. This is the first time they wrote this particular option. The College is delighted with the outstanding results achieved. All the candidates who achieved a C symbol or better already meet the highest level for language required by the universities. They have the opportunity to bank their result. The pressure is significantly reduced for these boys. They can now focus their time on preparing for their learning subjects in November. 50% Of the boys who wrote Maths in June obtained a distinction.
– Mr Darren Holcomb (Head of Upper School)
Photo credit: Saysha Baker
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