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Students at Dubai College were celebrating another set of fine GCSE results, taking the new grading system in their stride.

Here's where it gets confusing.

Maths and English are now marked from 9 to 1 instead of the A* to G grades. Other subjects will use the same numerical grading system over the coming years.

A grade 9 is broadly equivalent to an A* grade and 4 is broadly equivalent to a grade C. GCSE maths and English courses are free for people who have previously achieved lower than a C grade.

What about Year 10 students? Many of these pupils, who are taking exams before they have completed their two years of GCSE study, have not had the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Every subject area made significant increases in the number of students achieving A*-A and A*-C, with more than a quarter of all exams taken marked A-A* or 7-9.

"I'm going to the sixth form here to study engineering, maths, computer science and art".

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"There isn't a direct comparison for some of the grades but essentially a 7 is an old grade A, an 8 is an A* so a 9 is an A**".

English, English Literature and maths were the first subjects to be changed, with 2.6% of English students scoring a 9, the highest grade. They had to complete two maths exams, maths numeracy and traditional maths, and a completely new style GCSE English paper with a significantly reduced coursework element.

He was also pleased by the "fair scattering" of the top grade 9.

Interim headteacher Ian Straw congratulated his students and staff and said how proud he was of the team work at the school, which had brought "amazing success stories".

The school's head teacher Jill Gillies said she was so proud of her pupils, with many taking home top grades in English and maths. These outcomes are even more encouraging given the national context which continues to see unprecedented change and unquestionably more hard curriculum content, amidst such uncertainty in terms of actual course expectations and overall grade boundaries across all examination boards.

"The children of the 2017 cohort across the country have been the "guinea pigs" of this new system and have done their very best under challenging circumstances".