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GEMS FirstPoint GCSE results “stunning” says Principal and CEO – as proud students reveal top secrets of their success

GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa results are in! In a twist, students celebrated with SchoolsCompared by sharing their top tips on how they achieved their GCSE results this year. GEMS FirstPoint is an extraordinary school, recognised as a leader in developing global industry links and partnerships, pioneering cutting edge BTEC pathways in digital technologies and industries – and in its ethics of compassion, highlighted in rich investment in SEND. Named as a finalist in eight Top Schools Awards categories, GEMS FirstPoint School also won two awards:

  • The Top Schools Award for Best School in the United Arab Emirates for Technical and Vocational Education 2021 -22

  • The Top Schools Award for Best Mainstream School for Children of Determination in the UAE 2021-22

David Wade MEd, BA (Hons), PGCE, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa, told SchoolsCompared:

“The GEMS FirstPoint community is delighted that this year’s hard-working GCSE cohort achieved such stunning results.

Students, parents and teachers should be immensely proud of their outstanding achievements.

Huge congratulations to all our Year 11 students for their 2022 results; we are very excited at the prospect of what they will achieve in their post-16 studies!”

Mr Wade continued:


“I want to say a huge congratulations to all of our students, parents, staff, and industry partners

We did this together.

A “Message to GEMS Students” from Dino Varkey, Group Chief Executive Officer of GEMS Education, on GCSE Results Day 2022


Photograph of Dino Varkey in interview with Jon Westyley April 2021 in Dubai

“Congratulations to all our GCSE students, who have performed incredibly well and delivered a stellar set of results.

Our students are surpassing the UK national average and every single one of them, regardless of their grades, should be proud of their achievements.

Their excellent set of results will stand them in good stead as they move on to the next exciting stage of their academic journey at their schools.

These GCSE results bring to a close an impressive school exam season that has seen pupils from across GEMS’ different curricula put the challenges of the pandemic well behind them and press on towards their aspirations with a positive and confident attitude.”

Top performing students

Photograph of top performing students at GEMS FirstPoint School in Dubai on GCSE Results Day 2022

Student Results
Srija Suragouni


9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8


Sarah Al Jammal 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8, 7


Mayar Hamarsheh 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8, 7


Hasnain Ayaz


9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 7, 7


Abedal Rahman Shehabi


9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8, 8

GEMS FirstPoint students celebrate

British student Aman Sehmi, who achieved GCSE grades 8, 8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7, A, told SchoolsCompared:

“My approach to studying was “exam papers!”, “exam papers!”, and more “exam papers!” because I really do believe that working through past papers is the best technique to getting a high grade. Why? For me, it is because you’re practicing the job before its actually done.  

You’re getting your nerves out and just “smashing” the content. 

Today it has been emotional –  knowing that all the hard work I put in, well, it’s actually worked.  

It’s amazing having confirmation at the end of all this that, yes, if you really give something your absolute everything, and if you really do apply yourself and work your socks off – it really will all work out  in the end.

Today has been unforgettable.”

Photograph of Srija Suragouni_GEMS First Point School on GCSE Results Day 2022

Fellow British student Srija Suragouni, who achieved 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8 grades in this year’s GCSE examinations, continued:

“For me, the secret was to make sure that I took really good notes after every class so that, when it came to the end of the year, I had good revision material.  

Next year I’m taking Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. 

 I’ve thought about eventually taking Medicine for so long – so I’m still on that path and set up to pursue this. But we’ll see where the next few years take me.

If I had to describe my results in just one word I would say “proud.”

I really do feel today just so… proud of myself.”

Ali Amr Abdelbasset, who achieved 7, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5, 4, B, C grades at GCSE, responded:

“When studying I concentrated most on the subjects I wanted to take for A-Level.

These have been the three Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics.

Today really is quite amazing. It’s exciting to get my results.

I won’t forget how it feels as I embark on my studies at Sixth Form.”

Overall GCSE results 2022

GCSE results 2022 2019
Total candidates 110 76
Total entries 994 744
Total entries at grade 9 84 22
% of entries at grade 9 8.46% 3%
Total entries at grade 8-9 (A*) 116 64
% of entries at grade 8-9 (A*) 20% 9%
Total entries at grade 7-9 (A-A*) 367 179
% of entries at grade 7-9 (A-A*) 38% 24%
Total entries at grade 5-9 (B-A*) 697 452
% of entries at grade 5-9 (B-A*) 70.19% 61%
Total entries at grade 4-9 (C-A*) 777 582
% of entries at grade 4-9 (C-A*) 78.25% 78%
Total candidates achieving grade 9 36 17
% of candidates achieving grade 9 33% 22%
Total candidates achieving 8-9 (A*) 68 38
% of candidates achieving 8-9 (A*) 62%  50%

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