Students, parents and teachers of GEMS Education celebrate excellent A Level results

August 2020

Dubai, UAE: GEMS Education’s students, parents and staff are today celebrating excellent grades in this year’s A Level results. Students from GEMS Education British curriculum schools have again raised the bar of academic excellence, surpassing last year’s results despite the challenges and uncertainties presented by the ongoing global pandemic.

More than 790 pupils from 14 GEMS Education British curriculum schools in the UAE completed over 2,200 A Levels. Twenty-seven per cent of students achieved an A* grade, while 62 per cent of entries attained A* to B grades and 37 per cent recorded A* to A.

Jodh Singh Dhesi, Deputy Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education, said: “We are extremely proud of the performance of all our A Level students. These impressive results – in what has been a very challenging year – reflect resilience, diligence and rigour in their approach to learning.

“The results are a ringing testament to each student’s hard work, and the exceptional support provided by teachers and parents during both the two-year course and our remote learning provision. We congratulate every one of our A Level students – and all who supported them – on their accomplishments.”

Highlights include GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail, which celebrated outstanding results of 49 per cent A* to A grades from their first ever A Level cohort. In all, 19 per cent of their entries were A* grades and 76 per cent A* to B grades. GEMS First Point School – The Villa also saw strong results, with 54 per cent of students achieving an A* grade, 18 per cent of entries achieving A* and 41 per cent achieving A* to A grades.

Matthew Tompkins, Principal/CEO of GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa, said: “All of us at GEMS FirstPoint School are so incredibly proud of our A Level students, who have achieved fantastic results this year. After two years of hard work and outstanding resilience throughout the pandemic, our Sixth Form students have set new records across a large number of subjects. Overall, more than 40 per cent of all grades awarded to our students were A or A* across the 27 subjects that we offer in our Sixth Form. We wish all our students well as they graduate to the next phase of their lives. They are no longer our students, but they will always remain members of our GEMS FirstPoint family.”

This year, due to the lockdown protocols, A Level students did not sit formal exams at the end of their two-year course, on which their grades are ordinarily based. Instead, teachers’ assessments, exam board algorithms and historical data have been the deciding factor in every student’s results.