Brighton College

August 12, 2021

Brighton College Dubai’s first-ever cohort of GCSE graduates are celebrating achieving outstanding results today, with 55% of examinations achieving an impressive Grade 9-8 (A*). Head Girl, Madeleine Cranitch, has been awarded an impressive 9 Grade 9s/A*.

Paving their way to a very bright future, the College’s pupils have collectively achieved 29% Grade 9, 55% Grade 9 - 8 (A*), 69% Grade 9 - 7 (A*-A), 81% Grade 9-6 (A* - B), 99% Grade 9 - 4 (A*-C).

More impressive still is the value-added that each pupil has achieved in their examinations which on average is an incredibly positive +1.92. This means that they have achieved, on average, nearly two grades above the predicted grades they were given from external, globally recognised tests at the time they joined the College. Emirati pupil, Lora Atatreh, has achieved an impressive value-added score of +2.4 across her 9 GCSE subjects.  

The results are a true testament to the academic excellence that Brighton College Dubai is renowned for, and the exceptional teacher support that has been available throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

High achieving pupils celebrating top-level grades this year include:

Madeleine Cranitch (British) 9 Grade 9s/A*s. Value Added +2.4

Ross Bannerman (British) 6 Grade 9s/A*s, 2 Grade 8s/As.  Value Added +2.3

Alice Farrow (British) 4 Grade 9s/A*s, 3 Grade 8s/As.  Value Added +3.7

Lora Atatreh (Emirati) 6 Grade 9-8/A, 2 Grade 7s/Bs, 1 Grade 6 Value Added +2.4

 Simon Crane, Head Master of Brighton College Dubai, said “I am incredibly proud of the brilliant achievements of our first GCSE cohort who have exceeded their targets. Given the worldwide uncertainty around examinations, this year has been a particularly demanding one and we do not underestimate the amount of effort that has been required from our pupils who have had to adapt to a fluid learning style.  There is no doubt in my mind that Brighton College Dubai pupils have benefited enormously from a relatively uninterrupted education from dedicated teachers who always go above and beyond. My warmest congratulations go to our excellent pupils and staff on these fantastic achievements!”

Jane Clewlow, Deputy Head Academic, Brighton College Dubai said: “I am delighted with the performance of our first ever GCSE pupils.  The fact that amidst a global pandemic, with four months of home learning in the last academic year, and interruptions to the continuity of their education, these pupils have achieved such impressive results and it is testament to their hard work and dedication.  The value-added measure of +1.92 shows the importance of excellent teaching combined with high levels of academic and pastoral support and as a College we are immensely proud of their achievements.”

Nicky Collins, Director of Schools, Brighton College International said. “This is wonderful news for the pupils and I congratulate them on such fantastic results; to sit GCSE examinations early and achieve the very top grade of a 9 is a superb accomplishment. My thanks also extends to the leadership team and teachers at Brighton College Dubai, who have created an environment where academic curiosity and ambition thrive.”

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