Somerset College has selected the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) as its Grade 9 and Matriculation examination provider, while following the National Curriculum Statements published by the Department of Education. Skills such as thinking, critical analysis, personal organisation, teamwork and communication are central to our teaching philosophy.
We are once again extremely proud of the achievements of the Matric class of 2022 in their final examinations. In the 25 years since the school was founded we have continued to strive for excellence in academics while staying true to our ethos of holistic education. The Matrics of 2022 achieved an average of 3.8 A symbols per student, which is a significant improvement on the school’s average of 3 A symbols per student, consistently achieved for the past six years. Furthermore, we are thrilled to have maintained our unbroken record of 100% BD pass rate, which ensures that, once again, all of our students can enter university.
In addition to a 100% university entrance pass rate and an exceptional average of 3.8 A symbols achieved per student, numerous students featured in the upper reaches of the IEB results nationally. Samuel Chemaly, Troy Curtin and Kiran Ehret were awarded Commendable Achievement awards for achieving within the top 5% of all IEB candidates nationally in five subjects and an A symbol for Life Orientation. Somerset College students were also awarded 23 Top 1% awards for featuring in the top 1% of their cohort nationally across a range of subjects.
In all our academic departments, the Somerset College average was higher than the national average. Our students attained an average over 10% higher than the national IEB average in twelve subjects, including Accounting, Afrikaans FAL, Geography, German SAL, History, Information Technology, Life Science, Mathematics, Further Studies Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Science and Visual Art.
There is no question that the class of 2022 was impacted significantly by the instability of the Covid-19 pandemic and they have shown remarkable fortitude and resilience in navigating this and many other challenges. We thank them for the dignity with which they have carried themselves and for the remarkable contribution to the community during their time at Somerset College. We wish them well for the future.
Pass rate: A 100% Bachelor Degree (University Entrance) pass
Number of A symbols: 315
Commendable Achievements: (Achieved within top 5% in 5 subjects and achieved a rating level of 7 in Life Orientation) Samuel Chemaly, Troy Curtin, Kiran Ehret
Top 1% Awards in specific IEB subjects: 23
Further Studies Mathematics - A symbols: 15
Somerset College is pleased to present the IEB Senior Certificate examination results for the Matric Class of 2022. Top Achievers were:
Students with 9 A symbols:
Emma de Villiers
Students with 8 A symbols:
Students with 7 A symbols:
Students with 6 A symbols:
Helene von der Heyden
Message from Graham Sayer, the Executive Head, to the Matric 2022 year group:
We knew that re-acclimatizing to a full programme for the first time in three years would present a challenge for our students, especially our Matrics. Meeting deadlines, pacing extended work, preparing for tests and exams, working towards portfolios, practicals and orals, participating in sports, cultural activities, plays, tours and concerts, serving at school events, leading teams, clubs and activities, and enjoying a full social life, after three years of a much lighter load, was no small challenge.
It hasn’t been easy, as we all know, but in you, the matric group of 2022, we have had excellent examples for our younger Grades to follow, across the whole scope of the school’s work and programmes: of enthusiastic participation, creativity, excellence, leadership, resilience, character, and a bit of mischief and fun along the way.
Now you have added to that achievement the distinction of having produced the best crop of Matric results in Somerset College’s 25 year history, in our 25th year. Please accept our warmest congratulations. We are very proud of you and we wish you a happy and fulfilling future.
With a strong focus on academic excellence, our results speak for themselves, with a 100% pass record intact since the first Matrics of 1999, and an excellent rate of acceptance into university studies. Furthermore, our highest achieving students are regularly placed in the IEB examination’s national top 5 percent.