UAE schools celebrate record GCSE resultsAugust 25, 2016, 2:20 pm GMT
Schools across the UAE are celebrating outstanding GCSE results.
At Dubai College, 82.1% students achieved A*/A grades in the GCSEs. Overall, the school's A*-C grades topped 99.9%, the highest ever recorded at the school.
The A*/A percentage is also an improvement on both 2014 and 2015 results at Dubai College.
Commenting on the results, Dubai College headmaster Michael Lambert said: "There was a similar story last week with our A Level results. Students managed to achieve 66.12% A*/A at A Level. There are a few things worth noting here: not only can the UAE proudly claim to have the top performing A Level and GCSE school in the Middle East and Africa, we are actually right up in the top few highest performing British Schools Overseas in the world. This is a testament to the quality of the educational landscape in Dubai and the UAE.
"Secondly, our students have achieved these increases in spite of the continuing downward trend in students achieving the top grades back in the UK. Finally and perhaps most importantly, however, we need to recognise that exam results are only a means to an end rather than an end in themselves and the main thing to note is that our students are now able to pursue their onward trajectories to higher education and beyond.
DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL
Dubai British School also enjoyed a record-breaking set of GCSE results, with 53% of all grades being A*/A. In addition, 99% of DBS students received at least 5 A*-C grades, and 18% of the students achieved at least 10 A*/A grades.
DBS principal Brendon Fulton commented: "These results are significantly higher than UK national averages and have set our hard working students up perfectly for their A-Level studies. We are incredibly proud of all of them and grateful to the teachers who believed in them."
GEMS Education's British curriculum schools continued to exceed UK averages in the IGCSE/GCSE results too.
In 2016, the schools posted a record number of students, over 1300, who sat their IGSCE/GCSE examinations. In total, 42% of all grades achieved across the GEMS schools were A* to A.
Most GEMS schools recorded marked improvements in their results. Notable achievers included: Jumeirah College Dubai whose students achieved 64% A*/A grades with almost 50% of students gaining 8+ A*/A grades, and 100% achieving 5+ A*-C grades; and Cambridge High School whose students achieved 49% A*/A grades.
GEMS Education chief education officer Sir Christopher Stone commented: "These results are a testament to the quality of our teaching and our school leadership at GEMS Education. But so importantly they reflect the drive and commitment of our extraordinary young people who will not only succeed in their post school studies but who will go on to be the best of the best as part of the next generation of responsible global citizens."
A number of GEMS students recorded exceptional results. The most notable student performances included the following:
| Results || Student Name || School |
| 12 A*, 1 A || Jasmina Eldamanhoury || Jumeirah College Dubai |
| 12A* || Anushka Venugopal Menon || GEMS Wellington International School |
| 11 A*, 3 A || Ines Roze || Jumeirah College Dubai |
| 11 A* || Kelly Stewart || Jumeirah College Dubai |
| 11A* || Omar Mustafa Mohammad Al-Khatib || GEMS Wellington International School |
| 11A* || Ameerah Parvez || GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis |
BRIGHTON COLLEGE ABU DHABI
Brighton College Abu Dhabi recorded a 37% A* average, compared to the UK average of 7%, in addition to 64% A*/A, and 97% A*-C.
97% of pupils managed to achieve A*-C grades; a further 58% of those pupils earned five or more A* or A grades on their transcripts as well. In total, 88% of all GCSE grades were awarded A*-B, 37% of which were the highest possible grade of an A*.
One in six students managed to achieve straight A* and A grades, with the highest achieving pupil, Artemis-Marie Prevot, receiving 12A*s in total. Other notable achievers included: Alexander Fairley (8 A*s, 2 As); Eloise L'Her (8 A*s, 2 As); Leila Barakat (8 A*s, 2 As); Zainab Naqvi (8 A*s, 2 As); Eun Su Chung (7 A*s, 3 As); Sooyeon (Chris) Lee (7A*s, 3 As); Yassin Ouzzane (7 A*s, 3 As); Oludamilola Adekeye (6 A*s, 4 As); Elizabeth Etchells (6 A*s, 4 As); Yasmine Messaikeh (6 A*s, 3 As); Jade Yong (3 A*s, 6 As); and Year 11 twins Sofia and Ines Quelas Caramujo achieving a fantastic 12 A*s and 8 As combined together.
Headmaster, Alun Yorath, reflected, "Our GCSE pupils have crowned off a year of stellar academic achievement from across the College. Following on from the outstanding achievement of our first A Level cohort last week, we are elated with the pupils from Brighton College who took their GCSEs this summer. These results are testament to both their hard work and the first class teaching available to them in our college."
At Aldar Academies' Al Yasmina Academy, the pass rate was 98%, while at Al Bateen, 97% of students achieved pass grades across all subjects.
At Al Yasmina, 11 students achieved ten or more A* to A grades, including Doireann McIntyre who earned 9A* and 2A grades, and Britain's Amber Harding who achieved 7A* and 4A grades.
At Al Bateen Academy the top five students all earned ten or more A* to A grades. Laith Najim excelled with marks of six A* and four As, while Layan Wadi also scored highly with five A* and six A grades.
Aldar Academies' secondary school pupils also surpassed the UK average for five A* to C grades – considered the benchmark results for students wishing to progress to A-Level. The educator's Al Yasmina and Al Bateen academies recorded 86% and 76% passes respectively, beyond the most recent UK average of 66.2 percent.
This year's GCSE results have shown the biggest year-on-year decline since 2008.
The overall proportion of entries achieving A* to C has declined from 69% to 66.9%. Top A* grades have slipped from 6.6% to 6.5%, the BBC reported.
In England, the proportion of A* to C grades fell from 68.8% in 2015 to 66.6% this year. Top A* grades were down from 6.6% to 6.4%. In Northern Ireland the proportion of good passes increased slightly to 79.1% and top A* grades rose to 9.3%. In Wales, the level of A* to C passes remained at 66.6%, with A* grades rising slightly to 6.1%.
According to reports in the British press, the decline is due, in large part, to new government policies that require students who received a D or lower in Engish of Maths last year to resit the exams in 2016.
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