GCSE results out: UAE outshines UK again

After the impressive A-level results announced some days back, students who sat the GCSE exams in the UAE have come out with flying colours, beating scores of their counterparts in the UK.

“Once again Dubai British School (DBS) students have achieved fabulous GCSE results, continuing with the success at A-level.

“GCSE’s are often the first set of formal exams experienced by students, making it even harder to perform at their best. Again, DBS Year 11 students have accomplished an impressive set of results,” said a statement by the school.

“Thirty-nine per cent of our student grades are A*/A this year, a five per cent increase on last year’s results compared to  last year’s UK average of 22 per cent. “Ninety per cent of DBS students gained A*-C grade. UK average for last year was 69 per cent. Eleven per cent of our students achieved at least 10 A*/A grades,” the statement read further.

Likewise, Gems International schools also recorded exceptional performance in 2013 IGCSE/GCSE exams. “Students from Gems International British Curriculum Schools across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have outperformed their counterparts in England once again in the IGCSE/GCSE examination results,” said a media note.

“These results, which continue to be well above UAE, UK, IB and International norms, do not just happen,” stressed Margaret Atack, Group Senior Director – Education, Gems Education.

“Gems schools send students to over 590 universities around the world, including the prestigious Russell Group of Universities in the UK and the Ivy League in the US.”

Gems witnessed an upward trend across all schools. Particular highlights included Jumeirah College, with 46 per cent of A* - A grades, and the Cambridge International School, with 45 per cent of A* - A grades. This is comparable to the UK national average of 21 per cent.

Gems schools also continue to perform above the international averages in the International Baccalaureate. The pass rate for Gems schools is 3 per cent higher than the international pass rate.

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