Thomas Saunders Secondary School aiming for top
August 16, 2013

Thomas Saunders Secondary School aiming for top

The Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) is aiming to become the top performer in the CXC Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) in St Vincent and the Grenadines.{{more}}

The school achieved an overall pass rate of 80.18 per cent this year, the fourth highest in the nation.

“We are getting stronger every year, so eventually, pretty soon, they (the top three schools) will have to be looking over their shoulders for Thomas Saunders,” principal John Renton said on Wednesday.

The Girls’ High School achieved the highest overall pass rate with 96.43 per cent. The St Vincent Grammar School was second with 96.06 per cent and the St Joseph’s Convent Kingstown third, with 88.27 per cent.

Renton told SEARCHLIGHT that he had made a vow last year to improve the school’s overall performance from the 78.05 per cent they achieved in 2012 to 80 per cent.

“We are very pleased with that, as we have met the objective and we achieved the goal. Every year so far, Thomas Saunders has managed to improve on its performance from previous years.

“And our goal is to continue that trend,” Renton said.

He revealed that 87 students sat the CSEC examinations this year in 22 subject areas.

According to Renton, 78 per cent of the students achieved five or more subjects – including English.

The school’s top performer was Nathalya Browne.

Browne passed her ten subjects, obtaining three grade ones, five grade twos and two grade threes.

Kingesha Caine, Sade Audain and Shanis Cato were the other top performers with nine subjects each.

The school also obtained a 100 per cent pass rate in seven subject areas: Biology, Clothing and Textiles, Food and Nutrition, Home Management, Information Technology, Physical Education and Visual Arts.

“Based on those performances, I have to congratulate the teachers who have worked hard with their students in helping them to achieve those results. I also have to thank the Kingstown Technical Institute for their support in the technical area,” Renton added.

Going forward, Renton stated that the school will be looking to improve even more from this year’s performance and overall pass rates. (AA)