x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

UAE students outperform UK peers in GCSE exams

The Gems Education group said it had 'witnessed an upward trend across all schools' in the General Certificate of Secondary Education exams.

Students at many of the UAE's British curriculum schools are celebrating after outperforming their UK peers in this year's GCSE exams.

The Gems Education group said it had "witnessed an upward trend across all schools" in the General Certificate of Secondary Education exams.

The group highlighted in particular the performance at Jumeirah College and Cambridge International School, both in Dubai.

At Jumeirah College, 46 per cent of grades were either A* or A, while at Cambridge International, 45 per cent were either A* or A.

In the UK, A* and A accounted for 21 per cent of grades.

"These results, which continue to be well above UAE, UK, IB [International Baccalaureate] and international norms, do not just happen. They are a result of the exceptional inputs from the students themselves, our teaching staff and, of equal importance, the engagement of Gems parents in their child's learning journey," said Gems' Margaret Atack.

At the British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi, 126 students achieved the school's "best ever performance".

More than half of their grades - 54.2 per cent - were either A* or A, more than 83 per cent were at least a B and 96 per cent were A* to C.

About 34 per cent of the students achieved at least eight A* or A grades and 59 per cent achieved at least five A* or A grades.

"Our Year 11 students have achieved marvellous results in a record year for the British School," said Chris Ray, the headmaster.

"They should be proud of their magnificent achievements as they set out on the next stage of their educational journey.

"I am especially pleased to see so many students gaining top grades in an increasingly competitive arena."

Other schools also beat the UK national average. At Dubai British School, 39 per cent of grades were either A* or A this year, an increase of 5 per cent from last year. About 11 per cent of students achieved 10 or more A* and A grades.

"We are very proud of all of our students' achievements and we congratulate them on today's results," said the school's management.

"Obviously these results would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of the dedicated team at DBS, who are justifiably elated at this year's results."

wissa@thenational.ae