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Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Celebrates Record GCSE Success


Cranleigh Abu Dhabi are celebrating exceptional GCSE success with 34% of pupils obtaining a grade 9, 78% receiving a grade 7 or above and 99% of students achieving a grade 4 or above in a cohort of 64.

Principal of Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, Michael Wilson, is delighted. He commented: “This is an excellent outcome for this year group, we are very proud. When we sat down after the mock exams prior to the COVID-19 lockdown we predicted grades for this cohort that are similar to what they have achieved. After so much uncertainty, this is very reassuring for a group of students who have grown enormously from their experiences. We are excited that many of them will continue their journey at Cranleigh. They have built quite considerably on the results of the 2019 cohort.”

Although the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted study and exams, the School has seen exceptional results in both GCSE and A Level results. This is in line with teacher predictions and mock exam performance.  Last week, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Sixth Formers celebrated a second year of outstanding A Level results with a record-breaking 23% achieving the top A* grade, 49% receiving an A or above and 73% a B grade or above.

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GCSE results

2019 2020
No. of students in GCSE  cohort: 35 64
% of exam entries graded 9 29 34
% of exam entries graded 8 – 9 50 57
% of exam entries graded 7 – 9 73 79
Overall pass rate 99 99


The success reflects Cranleigh Abu Dhabi’s commitment to academic excellence and consolidates its reputation for outstanding educational outcomes.

Vice Principal (Academic), Damien Ward, said: “Raising attainment does not come without a huge amount of work from both students and teachers. Cranleigh is committed to a holistic approach to education that values and nurtures confidence, creativity and collaboration equally with exam success. This year group embodied these values, which was most evident during remote learning where they engaged wholeheartedly with the variety of opportunities available.” 

The students who received their results today are already focusing on their futures and the vast majority are continuing to do A Levels. Annabelle Hewartson, an elated pupil, said “At first, I was really nervous that my hard work would not be reflected in my results because my exams were cancelled. But I am grateful that my teachers were so supportive and appreciate all the work that I have put in. I couldn’t be more happy with my results.”

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi works from the foundation that quality education is skills-rich and develops the whole child. Academics are supported by a broad range of co-curricular opportunities which allow students to explore their full range of talents in fine arts, STEAM technologies, performing arts, sport and cultural activities.  


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