By Andy Sambidge
Education provider says 32% of UAE students achieved A*-A grades compared to 26% average in England
Dubai-based education provider GEMS said A Level pupils at its international schools in the UAE outperformed those in England.
Nearly a third of its students in the UAE (32 percent) achieved A*-A grades in the results which were released on Thursday, higher than the UK average of 26 percent.
In a statement, GEMS also said 58 percent of UAE students achieved A*-B in its schools offering the National Curriculum for England, compared to 52.4 percent of their peers in England.
There was significant achievement at The Winchester School, Jebel Ali with 31.9 percent of students obtaining A*-A while in Abu Dhabi, 32 percent of students at The Cambridge High School achieved A*-A while 60 percent of students achieved A*-B.
Alan Marshall, group director of standards, GEMS Education, said: "Yet again, GEMS schools have increased and built on previous year on year high attainment in 2014 exam results for the National Curriculum for England.
"I am extremely pleased with these results across all grades at AS and A level. This clearly demonstrates that the gap in performance levels between GEMS schools and National benchmarks for England continue to widen.
"The hard work of students, teachers and parents is evident in our schools and these results are a true reflection of their commitment to learning and drive to achieve the highest standards."
GEMS Education educates 130,000 students from over 150 nationalities across four continents and employs over 11,000 education professionals, specialists and staff from more than 80 countries.
GEMS has offices in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the United States, Singapore, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kenya and the UAE.
The "UK" figure of 26% is for state schools only (independent school figures have not been compiled yet) so you are comparing GEMS selective, fee-paying schools with English non-selective, state schools.
Wait for the UK independent school figures to come out and compare fee-paying to fee-paying and see the difference.
At combined A* and A grade level, the UK independent schoolsâ€™ figure was 50.5 per cent.
Even with my non A* Maths, this is a lot higher than 32%!