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“Exceptional” Dubai College students amaze with 93.4% of all exam entries graded A* A – outstanding achievement shines light on subject breadth and resilience of top UAE British school
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Dubai College is celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE results – but it is the astonishing achievement of students in the face of both Covid-19 and the adjustment of grades by OFQUAL, the UK government’s qualifications regulator, across all British curriculum school, that makes the achievement all the more remarkable and creditable.

The combination of this level of achievement, together with a stellar commitment to the whole child and broader cultural development of students, that saw Dubai College securing The Top Schools Award for Best British Curriculum School in the UAE 2021-22.

Dubai College celebrates top GCSE results - the school is the recipient of the Top Schools Award for Best British Curriculum School in the UAE 2021-22

Michael Lambert (main picture), Headmaster of Dubai College, told SchoolsCompared:

“Our Year 11s are absolute troopers.

To have achieved these outstanding GCSE results after 24 months behind masks, on and offline, in and out of school, with and without COVID, has added even greater value to their outcomes.

It is an unfortunate truth that resilience can only really be taught through bitter experience.

So it is that our Year 11s enter the final frontier of their secondary education wiser than their predecessors and I believe, I hope, this will stand them in good stead during their Sixth Form careers and beyond.” 

Photograph of Kathryn Hill Head of Year 11 and Middle School Dubai College GCSE Results Day 2022

Kathryn Hill, Head of Year 11 and Middle School, Dubai College, continued: 

“We congratulate our students for their stellar results, released today.  

An outstanding 82.28% of all I/GCSE examinations were graded 9 or 8, significantly above our 2019 percentage, the last year in which students physically sat their examinations.

With 58% of all examination entries graded 9 and with 21 students achieving a full set of grade 9s (up from 18 students in 2019) and a further 27 achieving grades 9/8, this year group can look forward with confidence to the year ahead and the start of their A Level courses.

The diligence, dedication and sheer hard work shown by this cohort of young people is exceptional.

They are a year group who have had to work through their entire GCSE courses dealing with masks, social distancing and the ever-present threat of ten days online as close contact or suffering from covid themselves.

They have weathered so many storms in the last two years, showing amazing resilience and they truly deserve these excellent results.

We are proud of each and every one of them and wish them great success in the next stage of their education.”

Breadth of GCSE subject options

All students at Dubai College study up to 10 core subjects, depending on nationality:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Arabic (or Arabic A for students who hold an Arabic passport)
  • UAE Social Studies
  • Games
  • Islamic Studies (for Muslim Students only)

A further 3 subjects are drawn from options in:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical Education; and,
  • Spanish

 Summary of GCSE Results 2022

I/GCSE results  2022  2021  2019 
Name of School: DUBAI COLLEGE   
No. of students in I/GCSE level cohort  136  123  121 
% of cohort entered for I/GCSE exams   100.00  100.00  100.00 
No. of exam entries  1394  1105  1207 
% of exam entries graded A*/9  58.82  63.62  52.20 
% of exam entries graded A*/9-8  82.28  84.07  76.88 
% of exam entries graded A*-A /9-7  93.40  95.75  90.31 
% of exam entries graded A*-B /9-6  98.35  99.18  97.78 
% of exam entries graded A*-C /9-4  99.78  100.00  100.00 
% of students achieving 5 A*-C/ 9-4 including English and Maths  100.00  100.00  100.00 
Overall student pass rate A*-C  99.78  100.00  100.00 
Number of students excluded from the statistics (teachers/resits/non-students etc.)  0  0  0 
Highest number of grades achieved by an individual student  11  11  11 

Further information

Read our review of Dubai College here

Learn the inside story of a magical school for children from our exclusive interview with Michael Lambert, Headmaster, here

Visit the official Dubai College web site here

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