Sports School has done well

Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan says the Singapore Sports School has been able to realise the student's academic and sporting potential. 

He was responding to a question in parliament on Thursday, from Nominated MP Joscelin Yeo who wanted to know the effectiveness of the School. 

In a written reply, Dr Balakrishnan highlighted the achievements of the students. 

On the sporting front, the School has produced 2 Olympians, 6 World Champions, 2 Asian, 1 Commonwealth and 23 SEA Games Gold medallists. 

Academically, the School has also done well. 

Of the 39 students who sat for the GCE O-Level examinations, 1 in 3 candidates achieved 5 or more distinctions. 

At least 75 per cent of the candidates were eligible for Junior College and 97 per cent for Polytechnic entrance. 

Dr Balakrishnan says, to ensure adequate preparation for further education and employability, the School builds partnerships and pathways that cater to students of differing academic abilities. 

The School will also commence the 6-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme from 2011.

The various post-secondary pathways also offer their students the opportunity to gain admission into local or reputable overseas universities.