GEMS says UAE pupils outperform UK in A Levels

Dubai-based educator says 31% of students gain A* or A grades in latest results

Dubai-based education provider GEMS has said that its UAE students have overperformed pupils in the UK in A-Level exams.

Thirty-one percent of pupils at GEMS International Schools in the UAE gained A*-A marks in results out on Thursday, which is higher than the UK national average of 26.3 percent.

In a statement, GEMS said 99 percent of students achieved A* - E across the GEMS Schools offering the National Curriculum for England.

Jumeirah College obtained the school's best ever results, with 44 percent of students receiving A*-A and 78 percent receiving A*- B with one pupil, Yousef Qureshi, achieving 5 A*s and 1 A.

"I am very proud of all of our school results this year, especially those from Jumeirah College. All students have done exceptionally well. Their hard work as well as the hard work of the teachers and the combined support of parents has ensured this success," said Fiona Cottam, director of international school, GEMS Education.

Simon O'Connor, head of Jumeirah College, added: "These superb results are a true reflection of the excellence of the college and I look forward to working with our students, staff and parents in the years ahead to continue the excellence of the GEMS network."



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Posted by: Richard A

I agree with previous comments the uk average % are taken across a wide range of schools, mostly free and govement funded. I wonder how GEMS would compare to the private UK schools whom require a comparable yearly fee. I have looked at school in the UK for my two boys (who are currently with GEMS) and the yearly fee is around 3k - 4k GBP per year less. Additionally the school has been in business for 60years and achieves above 45% results for A* A marks year after year. Conculsion for us we are to re-locate back to the UK in June 14. GEMS is a profit driven company and from my experience this will always be the case.

Posted by: Houssam

Definitely fees are outrages

The statement might be valid. I have got an approval for 2 of my kids to the new Gems on Khail road. I decided not to go along with this because of the fees. I believe that the system is one of the best in UAE but this is not a reason to charge between 60K - 70K.. It doesn't stop there. Other expenses can come up to another 15K during the year.

It is purely business.

Maybe in the future I would consider but I sure hope they work on revising their fees or we start to see other competitive good education institutes.

Posted by: MSA

May be Mr. Varkey should thank the parents who sent their children to his schools, and especially who don't MOAN about school fees

Posted by: Doug

This has probably very little to do with the standard of teaching. The pupils at GEMS will obviously come from backgrounds where the parents are skilled. If the parents weren't skilled, they wouldn't be able to work in the UAE and they wouldn't be able to afford GEMS's fees. Those taking A-Levels in the UK will come from a far wider range of backgrounds, which will include those less supportive of academic achievement.

We're also talking about thousands and thousands of pupils in the UK, rather than a few small schools. A fairer comparison would be between GEMS and individual similarly-sized schools in the UK that charge the same fees.

Posted by: Harvey Ellis

Agree, this comparison is not a true reflection of the standard of Education in the UAE. GEMS have obviously engineered this Article in their favour to deflect themselves from a lot of criticism recently regarding high fees and poor standards and to deflect from recent PR blunders. We need an Article written from an independent body that can make a non-biased and informed opinion.

Posted by: JohnA

This is very true, but Im afraid that the title has already caught peoples attention and GEMS will use this to justify their fees.

All you need to do is Google "socio economic background and academic achievement" and the results are plenty.

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