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Exceeding KHDA’s ‘Outstanding’ Rating

by Eddie Rayner

Repton School Dubai, a partner school of the renowned Repton School in the United Kingdom, is celebrating some superb 2020 International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) results. 

This year’s IGCSE results reflect another year of consistently outstanding performance.  Out of the total 105 students who took the examinations, 39% of exam entries were awarded the maximum A* (9-8), and 58% of entries who achieved A*-A/9-7 grades. Overall, 89% of the examinations taken were graded B/5 or above, exceeding the KHDA‘s ‘Outstanding’ rating. 

“I would like to thank our superb teaching staff for their dedication and expertise, and also thank our parents, for their support and encouragement.  We are truly proud of the exceptional IGCSE results that our Year 11 students have achieved and delighted that they can now reap the rewards of their conscientiousness and hard work.  Top universities around the world look to this qualification as an important benchmark of performance when considering applications and by securing these impressive grades, we are confident that our students will succeed in the next phase of their academic career,” commented David Cook, Headmaster at Repton School Dubai.

A Milestone

Horizon International School has celebrated its students’ successful 2020 GCSE results, announcing that 100% of students achieved at least five A*-C/9-4 grades with 100% of students attaining grade C/4 or above in English Language, English Literature and Science.

53% of students achieved at least five A*-B/9-6 grades and 40% of students achieved at least five A*-A/9-7 grades.

Both progress and attainment are exceptional across all subjects, particularly in progress measures where 0.02% of students had MLG targets of grades 7-9, yet 40% of all grades were graded 7-9.

Darren Gale, Principal at Horizon International School, said: “This has certainly been a year like no other. Following the furore around the current examination series, we first and foremost take a moment to acknowledge that this is the first time our 16-year olds have had their learning and outcomes judged so publically; it’s their first external milestone. We acknowledge how hard our students have applied themselves, together with the guidance and dedication of our staff.  Both as a cohort and as individuals, there is much to celebrate and this should give our students the motivation and confidence boost they need for the next stages in their learning journey.” 

High Achieving Emirati Pupils

Pupils at Brighton College Al Ain continue to perform at a very high level and are celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results, with the school’s Emirati pupils excelling with their best ever GCSE grades. 

Following the school’s outstanding A-Level results which were announced last week, the overall pass rate for GCSE exams this year for grades 9-4 was an impressive 98%. 

Consistently included in the UAE’s best performing schools, 42% of exams taken this year by Brighton College Al Ain students resulted in top grades 9-8, and 61% of exams taken resulted in grades 9-7.

Headmaster of Brighton College Al Ain, Dr Ken Greig said: “This has been an extremely difficult year for our exam groups, but I’m pleased that the awarding bodies have finally placed their trust in Centre Assessed Grades. The hard work done by pupils and their teachers has resulted in yet another superb set of results which give our pupils an excellent basis for success at A Level, and beyond at University.

“I am particularly pleased for our Emirati pupils, who overall achieved 96% at grades 9-4 and 64% 9-7 which is a record for us. We are proud to have some of the highest achieving Emirati pupils in the country at the College and I look forward to watching their continued progress. It’s an exciting time for young Emiratis, who are growing up in one of the most dynamic and innovative countries in the world. With a Brighton education they have the best possible start.”

Immense Resilience

Brighton College Abu Dhabiis celebrating its best ever GCSE results, despite the unprecedented circumstances and the challenges of remote learning.  This year’s group has shown immense resilience over the last few months and laid some very strong foundations for the future. 

The remarkable results achieved do great credit to the pupils, to their hard work, and to the support offered to them by our talented and committed teaching staff: 30% Grade 9, 52% Grade 9 – 8 (A*), 77% Grade 9 – 7 (A*-A), 93% Grade 9-6 (A* – B), 100% Grade 9 – 4 (A*-C).

Simon Corns, Head Master of Brighton College Abu Dhabi commented: “I am delighted to announce another outstanding year of GCSE results, which accurately reflect the abilities of this able and hard-working group. The results tell us so much more about these young people this year than their academic achievement: they have shown exemplary character in adversity and have proved their resilience at every point over the last few gruelling months. It is a mark of the Brighton education that the emphasis on curiosity, confidence and kindness and the extensive opportunities we offer beyond the classroom prepare young people so well for whatever life might throw at them.”