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At Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Senior School education becomes more directed towards student’s personal interests and ambitions as they start to choose from various options with regard to next level qualifications. Students are encouraged to develop academic rigour.
Students are expected to pursue independence and rely less on their teachers. By Year 13 students have gained the qualifications they need for their next steps, and also have the skills, resilience and autonomy that are required at university and beyond.
Students are also offered game-changing opportunities to be involved with a great many activities, societies, sports and leadership experiences.
The 2022/2023 (I)GCSE cohort achieved outstanding results with 28% receiving Grade 9, 52% with grade 8 and 9, and 72% receiving grades 7-9. The results were significantly higher than the UK National Average and indeed top selective UK independent schools.
|Year 9||Preparation for (I)GCSE courses|
Year 1 of (I)GCSE courses
|Year 11||Year 2 of (I)GCSE courses and (I)GCSE exams|
Year 1 of Sixth Form programme, including A level and/or BTEC courses and Extended Project Qualification
|Year 13||Year 2 of Sixth Form programme; A Level exams|
GCSE courses are designed to be taught over two years. At Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, we help students to choose a suitable programme of study that engages them and ensures that all doors remain open for study post 16. In general, students will be advised to select 9 GCSEs although this will be tailored as appropriate.
A number of subjects are compulsory, in line with UK educational practice, and for those students needing to achieve MoE Equivalency, there are certain subjects which have to be pursued.
Our (I)GCSE Guide provides information on both the compulsory and optional subjects. We like to encourage students to be as rounded as possible and opting for a range of subjects that include a language, a humanities subject and an arts subject is ideal. However, at Cranleigh, we encourage our students to make choices based on enjoyment – which subjects excite them and which may be those that they wish to study beyond (I)GCSE - the enjoyment of a subject is much more likely to lead to success. Hard copies of the GSCE Brochure are available from the Admissions Department in the Senior School. Please also see below for our digital GSCE Brochure. Please email the Admissions Team for further information regarding entry. Our GCSE cohorts from the past 2 years have produced outstanding results, leading the UAE in excellence and achievement.
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi GCSE results
No. of students in GCSE cohort
% of exam entries graded 9
% of exam entries graded 8 - 9
% of exam entries graded 7 - 9
Overall pass rate
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Sixth Form offers A Levels and several BTEC options. Both qualifications are internationally recognised and regarded as academically rigorous, challenging and stimulating. A Levels enable students to access the world’s best universities, as well as providing them with the skills and knowledge for entry into both traditional and more innovative careers.
We are proud to have been featured in Yalla Abu Dhabi Life magazine. The article focuses on the reasons why Cranleigh Senior proves to be a very strong option for Secondary Education. Click the image below to read the online article.