Opening the ceremony, Mr Paul Young, Senior Vice Principal and Head of Secondary, stated: "Doha College students perform outstandingly well in examinations at GCSE and A Level. Our students perform well for many reasons, they don't just have the ability to do well, they work very hard in an inspiring environment, and they are well supported by our experienced staff and very supportive parents. This educational triangle of student, staff and parents is the key to unlocking bright futures."
An impressive 96% of our students achieved 5 or more (I)GCSEs at grade A* - C in the 2016 examinations with over half achieving A/A* grades, and over 81% achieving 5 or more A* to B grades. Three students achieved the highest grades in all 10 of their examinations. These results place Doha College within the top 10% of COBIS schools across the world.
The students who achieved 5 or more top grades were presented with their certificates and medals by Mrs Tracey Pallant, Regional Development Director of Pearson Education. She shared these thoughts with us: "As a teacher with over 20 years' experience, I am delighted to award 74 students with outstanding achievement certificates this evening.These students have all excelled at the 2016 Edexcel Pearson IGCSE examinations gaining 5 or more A – A* grades.Doha College is a top performing school in the MENA region."
A very short time before the ceremony, confirmation was received that Doha College student Pranav Pradeep had achieved the highest mark in Qatar for his Economics IGCSE examination in 2016, and he was awarded a certificate and trophy by Cambridge International Examinations. Pranav is very keen on economics and hopes to study an Economics Degree at the University of Chicago, USA after he has completed his A Levels. "I am very lucky to have a good memory and spend a lot of time working through past papers so I can identify the rhythm of the tests."
The Doha College Highest Year 11 Achievement Award was awarded to Jeeveththaa Thirugnanasambanthar for achieving 10 A* grades. Jeeveththaa will now see her name added to the college's academic achievement Honours Board within the College. She told us: "I am delighted to be recognised as the highest achiever in these IGCSE examinations.I have to thank my parents as they are my biggest motivation, reminding me of what's important. The support I get from school and my teachers really helps me in my studies. I have to love studying as I want to be a doctor. I am taking 5 A Levels so it's stressful, but I know it will be worth it in the end when I achieve my career ambitions." Her father, Mr Mahatheva Thirugnanasambanthar, commented: "We are all exceptionally proud of Jeeveththaa, she is an excellent student who works exceptionally hard and has very supportive teachers. We hope she will achieve her targets and fulfil her ambitions."
Dr Sommer, Doha College Principal, concluded the evening with these words: "Moments like these are quite special, moments of pride shared by our students, staff and parents. I am very proud of our students and their continued passion and commitment to their learning and development. Our students have established a wonderful platform to build upon as they study for their A-levels and we wish them every success."