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    RECORD GCSE RESULTS - 37% A*, 64% A*-A (Best in city)

    RECORD GCSE RESULTS - 37% A*, 64% A*-A (Best in city)

    Further to the outstanding A Level results published last week, this morning pupils and staff at Brighton College Abu Dhabi revelled in the impressive success enjoyed by this year’s GCSE cohort.  Their remarkable achievement has served to firmly establish the College’s standing as the leading 3 to 18 academic school in the Middle East – a feat all the more exceptional considering it welcomed its first pupils just five short years ago.  
     
    37% A* (UK average 7%), 64% A*-A (UK average 21%), 97% A*-C (UK average 68%)
     
    Arabic was the most successful large department in the College with over 80% A* grades at GCSE. This was closely followed by the Sciences in which 9 out of 10 grades were graded A* or A.
     

    All of this is particularly notable given the significant downturn in achievement experienced by GCSE pupils across the UK, as reported in the British press, where this summer’s results are the lowest since 2008.

    The entire Year 11 cohort is to be commended, with 97% of pupils managing to achieve the all-important A*-C grades; a further 58% of those pupils triumphed with five or more A* or A grades on their transcripts as well. In total, 88% of all GCSE grades were awarded A*-B, an incredible 37% of which were the highest possible grade of an A*.  These excellent results are a source of immense pride for pupils and staff, further evidence of the extraordinary commitment of all of those involved in ensuring pupils fulfilled their vast potential.  
     
    While all pupils’ success is to be celebrated, an exceptional 1 in 6 pupils managed to achieve straight A* and A grades, with the highest achieving pupil, Artemis-Marie Prevot, realising an astonishing 12A*s in total. Also to be applauded for their extraordinary results are Alexander Fairley (8 A*s, 2 As); Eloise L’Her (9 A*s, 2 As); Leila Barakat (8 A*s, 2 As); Zainab Naqvi (8 A*s, 2 As); Eun Su Chung (7 A*s, 3 As); Sooyeon (Chris) Lee (7A*s, 3 As); Yassin Ouzzane (7 A*s, 3 As); Oludamilola Adekeye (6 A*s, 4 As); Elizabeth Etchells (6 A*s, 4 As); Yasmine Messaikeh (6 A*s, 3 As); Jade Yong (3 A*s, 6 As); and Year 11 twins Sofia and Ines Quelas Caramujo achieving a fantastic 12 A*s and 8 As combined together. Brighton College’s improvement in its GCSE results in the last two years has been exceptional, with this Year 11 group ensuring that the College’s A*/A percentages increased by 64% since its first full cohort in 2013.
     
    Head Master, Alun Yorath, reflected, “Our GCSE pupils have crowned off a year of stellar academic achievement from across the College. Following on from the outstanding achievement of our first A Level cohort last week, we are elated with the pupils from Brighton College who took their GCSEs this summer. These results are testament to both their hard work and the first class teaching available to them in our College. 
     
    There is an ethos of high expectations and a culture of working hard at Brighton College, that results in reward for endeavour and achievement. Our teachers aim to inspire the same passion for learning in our pupils that they themselves have. Of course, in such an environment, you have to be mindful of the pressures faced by pupils, so whilst we understand the importance of celebrating academic achievement, we instil in our pupils an appreciation for fulfilment in other aspects of their lives as well. We know that whilst exam grades are important, the ability to work with others, show integrity, leadership, and the value of courtesy and kindness is of equal worth. This is achieved by means of a very full co-curricular programme and a strong pastoral system which has been recognised as outstanding in every school inspection.”
     
    Head of Senior School, Kate Bradley commented “Whilst I am very proud of our results, which yet again represent the best-in-class academic achievement in the city, and whilst I know that it is this metric that will tend to grab the headlines, we take the most pride in the ‘value added’ we offer our pupils. This is because what really counts is how each pupil has performed with respect to their own potential. It is this metric that should be used to assess the value of an education at Brighton College. We are proud to say that each pupil this year achieved on average 1.8 grades above what they were predicted to achieve in their academic baseline test when they began their courses - and in some departments, it was over two grades above.  This is an outstanding achievement.”
     
    The entire Brighton College community will no doubt spend the coming days congratulating all the pupils who took their GCSEs this summer for their outstanding results; their impressive achievements will continue to be celebrated as Brighton College prepares for what will certainly be another exceptional year ahead.
     
    For anyone wishing to share in our future successes, we are inviting applicants to join our highly successful College, through our scholarship programme for entry into Years 9 and 12.  Further information is now available from scholarships@brightoncollege.ae