Cambridge Assessment International Education has announced the winners of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards in the U.A.E., with 31 students from GEMS Education schools being named for their exceptional academic performance.
The awards programme, which celebrates the success of students taking Cambridge exams in over 40 countries worldwide, saw two U.A.E. pupils receive ‘Top in the World’ honours, while 19 students were awarded ‘Top in the Country’ distinctions across various topics. Securing the Top in the World in Mathematics was Nida Tanveer from The Winchester School – Jebel Ali, with Simone Sanchia Fernandes from Cambridge International School – Dubai topping in Business.
“I didn’t believe what I had heard. It took me a few moments to realise it. I was ecstatic! Above all, I felt that my hard work had paid off,” said Nida Tanveer. She also shared what she felt her secret for success was: “I thank the school for recognising the students’ potential and selecting me for fast-track Maths. My teacher, Ms. Jisha, was always ready to help, and my father taught me that Maths is a very practical subject and practice is the only way to get better. At home, my elder sister helped me along the way. She achieved an A* for Maths in her IGCSE and has always been an inspiration for me.”
Other award winners from GEMS schools included students from Cambridge International School – Dubai, The Cambridge High School – Abu Dhabi, The Winchester School – Jebel Ali, The Westminster School – Dubai, Wesgreen International School, GEMS Westminster School – Ras Al Khaimah, Our Own English High School – Al Ain, and GEMS Wellington International School – Dubai.
It was for the first time that GEMS Westminster School – Ras Al Khaimah had participated in the examination series and one of its students was ranked among the top in the country. Akram Tarik, CEO and Principal, GEMS Westminster School – Ras Al Khaimah, commented: “I am absolutely delighted for Imnah Varghese from Grade 10, who achieved the highest examination result in IGCSE English as a Second Language within the U.A.E.
“Her IGCSE result reflects our aspiration and determination for outstanding student success, which is shared by all in the GEMS community, and I am exceptionally proud of Imnah and our staff here at GEMS Westminster School.”