Posted on November 18, 2015

Doha College has held a special ceremony to recognise its Year 12 students recently awarded the world’s most popular international qualification for their age group – the (I)GCSE. About 200 parents, friends and staff attended the Year 12 Celebration Evening at Doha College’s Al Waab campus this week to celebrate the achievements of the Year 12 students.

Doha College Principal Dr Steffen Sommer said the qualification—the International General Certificate of Secondary Education—took two years to complete and prepares them for their higher education in A Levels. “This is a challenging course of work and I congratulate our students on their success,” Dr Sommer said. “This year a magnificent 96.9% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C grade (I)GCSEs which is outstanding and places Doha College in the top 100 schools in the UK,” he said. “Of this, 62.3% of students received five or more A*-As, a truly triumphant result that has beaten Doha College’s previous results.”

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Dr Sommer said each year an award was given to the student who has excelled throughout the year and achieved exceptional grades within their (I)GCSEs. The 2015 Doha College Year 11 Outstanding Student of the Year Award was presented to Thomas Bolton for earning 11 A*s.

Thomas and his family flew in from the UK to receive the award, having recently relocated to Hastings. Thomas plans to study Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at A level with a view to applying to Cambridge University to study Natural Science and Mathematics. “I worked really hard but managed to balance my revision with joining my friends for lunch or going to the movies,” Thomas said. Thomas’s mother Neilda said she “was extremely proud of her son and delighted that all his hard work has been rewarded.”

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Senior Vice Principal Mr Paul Young made a special mention of the school’s musical students who performed on the night as well as Tahmeed Shafiq who read Ever Fall. “I am very proud of every student who attended this event. Our students work exceptionally hard to achieve outstanding results. I’d also like to thank our staff and parents who play such a significant role in affording our students such an outstanding education.”