We are so incredibly proud of our GCSE students, who have been a credit to themselves and the school. Many students exceeded their expectations, demonstrating outstanding achievement and which reflects a fantastic team effort. These excellent results clearly pay testament to the hard work, resilience, and commitment of the whole school community.
Mr S Green, Headteacher
2021 GCSE HIGHLIGHTS
32% achieved A*, Grade 9
75% achieved A*-A, Grades 7,8&9
98% achieved A*-C, Grades 4-9
Students were set external target grades based on their CAT4 assessments. On average, students at Jebel Ali School exceeded these targets by over 2 grades, giving the school a Value-Added measure of +2.06.
"I am so very, very proud of our remarkable students for all the hard work and effort they put into their studies particularly during a time of uncertainty, challenge and change. Their superb results reflect this and are also testament to the first class, inspirational teaching supported by ongoing encouragement and strong relationships between students, staff and parents. These students have literally become better than they believed they could be."
Elizabeth Robinson, Principal
"Our very first Year 11 cohort are the epitome of our JAS vision and values. Not only have they worked extremely hard throughout their studies at Jebel Ali School, but they have continually demonstrated conscientious attitudes and overwhelming effort to achieve these record-setting results. The results will undoubtedly have set the students up with great confidence as they entered into Sixth Form."
"Students consistently demonstrated and earned these grades, which are true reward for the incredible investment of hard work and effort. Despite adversity, students thrived and progressed throughout remote learning and overcame individual academic, social and emotional challenges."
James Batten, Assistant Headteacher of Sixth Form
Poorna - JAS Sixth Form
Poorna joined us in Year 9 on an academic scholarship. She achieved straight 9s in her GCSEs with a value-added 2.26 grades per subject. Poorna is now studying A-level Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Psychology, and the EPQ.
"Joining JAS with an academic scholarship was the start of a very dynamic and nurturing experience for me. This, and the well-meaning, encouraging push of my teachers has helped me improve academically beyond my expectations. Without an iota of doubt, I can say that an all 9 GCSE score would have been a lot more arduous if I was in any other school.
I have now embarked on the next step of this journey with four A-levels and an EPQ where I have complete trust and support from my teachers.
Jebel Ali School’s culture of excellence and attention to individual student needs is at the heart of its legacy. I am excited to be part of the first batch of the sixth form at JAS."
Malak - JAS Sixth Form
Malak joined JAS in Year 7. She has worked hard to achieve GCSE grades 7-9s gaining an incredible value-added of 3.37 grades per subject on her projected grades.
Malak is studying A-level Art & Design, Business, and Psychology at JAS. She has already spoken to Year 10 and Year 11 students of how her hard work and commitment resulted in GCSE success.
"Having joined JAS in 2016, in year 7, I am now an A-level student studying business, art, and psychology, and I aspire to become an interior designer in the future!
I was delighted when my teacher asked me to talk about my experience during GCSEs at JAS, as I’m very proud of what I have achieved in the arms of my supportive teachers and peers. To start off with, I have to mention how hard I had to work to raise my GCSE predictions from 4’s and 5’s to 8’s and 9’s, it was all through self-motivation and dedication to my work. However, I feel like everyone should know that without our teachers believing in us, and without their high expectations for everyone, regardless of the student's ability, we would not, as a whole year group, have achieved what we have up until this day. From my experience, My head of year, Mr. Batten, in particular, played a big role in making GCSEs less stressful, especially when it came closer to our mocks. It’s the little things he did, like making sure that we had a balanced routine of both studying, and social life out of school, and also focusing on ourselves making sure that our mental health is at the best it could be. It made me feel as though I was genuinely part of a second family here at JAS.
I saw this year that JAS has changed its vision to ‘Belong, Believe, Become. Better is always possible.' But I feel like this has always been there. I’ve always felt like I belonged to the JAS family, my teacher's belief in me made me believe I could do better, and I’ve always felt that it’s possible to become what I have been dreaming about for years!”
Jack - Returned to Ireland to attend one of Ireland's top Sixth Form colleges.
One of our long-term students, Jack joined JAS in FS2 and has completed almost of all of his education here including his GCSEs. Jack achieved a grade 8 to 9 in all of his GCSEs, he increased his projected grades by a value-added 2.69.
Jack has now returned to his home country of Ireland to attend one of the country's top Sixth Form colleges.
"Although the past two school years were challenging in many ways, my teachers had set high targets for me and guided me through every step. They ensured that I was always aware of the grades I was working at and what I needed to do to push through the next boundary. We were all extremely happy with my GCSE results.
My goal is to study medicine in Dublin and I am on target to achieve that with thanks to my GCSE results and the support and encouragement I received at JAS. I am currently in the equivalent of Sixth Form in Dublin and looking forward to some work experience in the medical field later on in the school year."
Fraser - Sixth Form in Dubai
Fraser had the support of our Inclusion team and worked tremendously hard to achieve 6s and 7s across all of his GCSE grades. This was an average of 2.06 grades over and above his projected grades.
"What can I say about Jebel Ali? Some people say the classes are too small but that’s what made it feel like a family. Jebel Ali is a place you can call a home away from home. It’s a school that wants to see you thrive and succeed in all aspects of life, whether that is in education or practical, they want to see you do the best you can. I was a student at Jebel Ali for 4 years and from when I joined, to the person I grew up to be, I changed, I became a better version of myself, not only this, but my grades increased significantly - which I am very proud of. I want to thank all of the teachers for believing in me and the kindness of the students for making that school what it is today."