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Aldar Academies celebrates best-ever IGCSE results

 Thu, 24 Aug 2017   -   Thu, 24 Aug 2017
 Al Yasmina Academy

Results reinforce the status of Aldar Academies and the UAE as leading destinations for education globally

UAE, August 24, 2017: Aldar Academies, one of the UAE's leading providers of private education, is celebrating its best-ever IGCSE results. A total of 228 students from three of the organisation's seven schools received their exam grades today.

Aldar Academies Al Yasmina Academy saw its 106 IGCSE students surpass the school's previous record results, as 87% achieved 5 or more A* to C grades with 53% of those earning 5 or more A* to A grades. The school also celebrated a 100% pass rate overall. Its highest achieving students were:

  • Mera Al Fawares (Jordan) 8A*, 3A
  • Jad Nasser (Lebanon) 8A*, 3A
  • Jaimie Queen (UK) 8A*, 2A
  • Jaimie McMillian (Australia) 7A*, 3A
  • Fadhel Barakat (Bahrain) 7A*, 3A
  • Hadeel Farhan (USA) 7A*, 3A
Among Al Yasmina Academy's Emirati cohort, the top achievers were Ali Al Hashmi (5A*, 6A) and Eman Alameri (5A*, 4A). The school's 100% IGCSE pass rate comes just one week after it celebrated a 100% pass rate in A-Level exams, alongside a record number of top achievers.

"Obviously I was nervous before, but it feels great now I know my results and all the hard work has paid off" commented Jaimie Queen. "I took ten GCSEs and my best subjects were the sciences, which is ideal because I want to go on and study physics at university, so for A-Levels I'm studying maths, chemistry and physics. I'm aiming for a top university in the UK, and if all goes to plan, Oxford"

Emirati Eman Alameri (5A*, 4A) is aiming to study at the London School of Economics or a US university after A-levels. "What a relief! I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders" she commented. "After A-Levels my aim is to study corporate law, because I see law in general as the backbone of society - it's hugely important." On her exam preparation, Eman noted: "I put my success down to a strict schedule, studying all of the past papers, and waking up with a cup of tea every morning."

"The achievement of our Year 11 students this year is astonishing. They have surpassed all previous achievements of our academy and we are rightly extremely proud of each and every one of them" commented Dr Tim Hughes, Al Yasmina Academy principal. "Their results demonstrate that effort, determination, personal ambition and perseverance, together with incredible support from teachers, staff and parents are what it takes to excel in 2017." He added.

Over at Aldar Academies Al Bateen Academy, of the 110 students sitting their exams, 76% achieved 5 or more A* to C grades, with 49% of those achieving 5 or more A* to A grades. The school's highest achiever, Austrian Agnes Widensky, celebrated an impressive 11A* grades, and her fellow stand-out peers included:
  • Antonio De Leo (Italy), 9*, 2A
  • Zeyad Wadi (Jordan) 9A*, 1A
  • Isabella Schwarz (Austria), 8A*, 2A
  • Bryan Quadras (India), 8A*, 1A
  • Hamad Al Qubaisi, (UAE) 7A*, 3A
  • Aaliya Khwaja (USA), 8A*, 2A
  • Mohamed Hisham Sohawan (Mauritius), 7A*, 3A
  • Trishan Dissanayake (Sri Lanka), 7A*, 3A
  • Keith Nicholas Gironella (Philippines), 7A*, 3A

"Overall the year group has done Al Bateen Academy proud, with many exceptional individual results," commented David Hutson, Al Bateen Academy principal. "This is one of many important steps our students will take towards their future, and we're thrilled to see the rewards of their dedication and love of learning" he added

Meanwhile, Aldar Academies Al Ain Academy's first cohort of Year 11 IGCSE students marked the milestone with strong results, as 75% achieved 5 or more A* to C grades and 50% earned one or more A* grades. The three top performing students excelled, with the highest achiever, Karthy Satish (India) celebrating 9A* and 1A, while Anamika Sajeev (India) earned 6A*, 5A, and 1B, and Phoebe Gale (UK) achieved 4A*, 3A and 2C.

"I'm absolutely thrilled after so much hard work and lots of study." Commented Karthy Satish (9A*, 1A). "If I have any advice for next year's IGCSE students, it would be to never give up. Before the exams I was heading for a C in one subject, but after studying hard I've come away with all A* and A, which feels fantastic"

"Congratulations to all our students for their achievements with year's IGCSE exam results," commented Al Ain Academy Principal Chris Nourse.

"I'm convinced that these results will pave the way for our students to continue their studies at an advanced level at Al Ain Academy, and subsequently at University. It's right to recognise and thank the role of parents in this educational journey, and true to say that when home and school work together, students achieve more. Or, as I like to say, "Team Work Makes the Dream Work!" he added.

Aldar Academies' senior management was also full of praise for this year's record-breaking students.

"Today's marvellous IGCSE results are a springboard to our student's future success, and we congratulate them wholeheartedly for their achievement" commented Nilay Ozral, Aldar Academies CEO. "These results also reinforce why Aldar Academies and the UAE are up there with the very best destinations in the world for education" she added.


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About Aldar Academies

Aldar Academies, a division of Aldar Properties PJSC, is a leading provider of private education in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The educator provides inspiring learning environments, combining the very best academic, arts and sporting facilities with the highest standards of teaching. From a single school with 250 students in 2007, Aldar Academies now operates seven schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with over 6,000 students. Aldar Academies' institutions were rated "Outstanding" by the Abu Dhabi Education Council in its most recent assessments.

Aldar Academies offers the English National Curriculum with an international dimension at six of its seven institutions, and the American Massachusetts State Curriculum at its West Yas Academy. This ensures that all students have access to an international education in a stimulating, multi-cultural setting where academic achievement is nurtured alongside personal development. Operating as integral parts of the communities to which they belong, each of the educator's seven primary and secondary schools allow students to find and pursue their passions while empowering them to shape our future.

Aldar Academies' institutions are, at pre-school and primary level, The Pearl Academy and Al Muna Academy. Serving pre-school, primary, and secondary-age students are Al Ain Academy and Al Yasmina Academy, which operate from FS1 to Year 13. Al Mamoura Academy is a mixed primary and girls-only secondary school, while Al Bateen Academy welcomes secondary school students and offers the IB Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13. West Yas Academy is the first of the organization's institutions to teach the complete American Massachusetts State Curriculum – the most highly regarded curriculum in the United States. For more information, please visit